Country ham in New York City
Can anyone tell me where I can get a southern country ham in Manhattan or Brooklyn? It has to be bone-in. There have been a few threads on this topic, but the most recent was in 2008. Ideal would be a Virginia ham, whether Smithfield or some other, but I'll take what I can get.
Also smoked ham hocks suitable for southern-style home cooking, if they can be found this far north.
I failed to find acceptable country ham in Manhattan after several tries. No doubt it's here somewhere, but meanwhile I've found a supplier in Brooklyn so I don't need to look further.
Zabar's claims to have their own country ham, but what they sold me is hardly ham at all - pale pink, dry-ish but not really dry, with hardly any flavor, it's more like pork than ham. They also sell Smithfield ham but I didn't try it.
Thanks to lambretta76, I found not one but two kinds of country ham at Stinky's on Smith Street in Brooklyn: Broadbent's at $20/lb and Benton's 2-year aged at $40/lb, both of them smoked. Also Benton's country bacon at $12/lb.
For me, the aged ham is so salty that I don't taste much of the ham flavor. The Broadbent's is well balanced. Trying both with biscuits for breakfast, the deciding test.
The bacon is very fatty, but that's fine as I need the drippings at least as much as the meat.
Thanks to all for your help.
Ham hocks are plentiful. Most supermarkets carry them.
You can get Smithfield hams, oddly enough, in most big Chinese grocery stores -- like Kam Man. They are similar Yunnan ham. I think the cure is slightly different, so if you are purist you will probably have issues.
No matter, mail order hams from Beaufort Inn (or Smithfields) are easy to find and to order.
Zabar's sells a good Smithfield ham sliced, by the pound. You can call them a day ahead and get them to sell you a whole ham if you reserve. Also, there are a number of Virginia smokehouses that sell them on-line with rapid delivery--pick your favorite place and call them or search for their website.