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May 16, 2013 03:49 PM

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.

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  1. I don't know about country ham, but smoked ham hocks are in pretty much every supermarket.

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    1. re: michelley

      Not in any supermarket near where I live. Could you name one or two that you know carry smoked ham hocks?

        1. re: michelley

          Trade Fair always has them, Key Food most of the time.

    2. Most large asian grocery stores (in Flushing for example) carry whole or sections of Smithfield hams because it's used in lieu of Chinese cured ham by many people for soup.

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      1. re: queensj

        Id agree with this - I used to see Smithfield hams hanging in butcher shops in Chinatown,but its been a long time since Ive spent much time ambling around there. That would be my first stop, though. Maybe someone else has a more current spotting.

        You could also probably order through a good neighborhood butcher shop. or Fairway - they carry "surryano" ham in their deli shop - a serreano-type ham from SW Edwards in Surry Va which also produces and sells the traditional virginia hams - perhaps they could special order one for you,

      2. I'm not sure, but you could call Esposito's Pork Store in Carroll Gardens, or Faicco's or Bari further south, and ask.

        1. I've bought fresh ham at Fairway, but they don't have it all the time. When they do, it's very good. Zabars has it too.

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          1. re: son of a butcher

            @son, Not sure what you mean by fresh ham - I would not call smithfield and similar hams, which are cured, smoked and very dry (I once had one sitting on my shelf in the basement for a year before cooking) by tthe name of fresh ham. Please clarify

            1. re: jen kalb

              I've bought ham, freshly cooked, bone in at
              Fairway and Zabars. Smithfield hams are from Virginia.

              1. re: son of a butcher

                to me fresh ham is uncured, unsmoked pork leg. The virginia country ham OP is looking for is, I think of the a cured and smoked variety, like Smithfield right?.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  Right, Smithfield is a variety of country ham, which is dry- and salt-cured, sometimes smoked, sometimes not.

                  Looking further, there's a Virginia country ham that some say is the best, produced by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons in Surry, Virginia. It would be great if a New York store carried it.

            1. re: byrd

              Do they carry southern hams? Their web site doesn't say they carry any hams at all, though plenty of other pork products.

              1. re: John Francis

                It's hit or miss. Around the holidays they always have it. Sometimes they even have country pork shoulders.

                1. re: byrd

                  Thanks for the suggestion, then, but my legs don't allow me to roam around the city on the off chance of finding what I'm looking for.