The Smithfield Marketplace Guide to Buying a Ham
Following our guidelines, you will become an expert in selecting the perfect ham for rave reviews! Knowing how to buy a ham comes down to two preferences: flavor and cooking time. Below, you will find flavor and cooking descriptions of our most popular hams so you can buy the ham that’s best for you and your family.
Genuine Smithfield Hams:
Our Genuine Smithfield Ham is the "Granddaddy" of country hams. These dry-cured long cut hams are hand rubbed generously with salt, black pepper coated, and gently hardwood smoked for 6-12 months. Proper aging enhances this flavorful, robust tasting dry-cured ham with the highest salt content. Slice paper thin. Serve at room temperature. Salt-cured for extended keeping quality. Buy this ham if you want bold flavor and the genuine ham experience.
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The same dry-cured ham as above, but with a shorter shank, the aitch bone removed, and a shorter curing process - only 3-6 months, which results in a more subtle, milder flavor than the Smithfield Ham and less salt content. Slice paper thin. Serve at room temperature. Salt-cured for extended keeping quality.
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Hardwood Smoked Hams - Fully Cooked:
A tender well-smoked ham, fully cooked to make it easier for you. Moist and tender, this old-fashioned ham is great served warm. This is a sweet cure ham, and should be kept refrigerated and consumed promptly.
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Spiral Sliced Sweet Cure Hams - Fully Cooked
Our lean and mild spiral sliced hams are slow-smoked, carefully trimmed, and ready to eat. Full of natural juices with no water added. Also available with honey cure, brown sugar cure, or honey glaze. Serve warm or cold. These are not salt-cured, and should be kept refrigerated and consumed promptly.
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Read our FAQS and Cooking Tips for information on how to prepare, store and carve your ham!