For decades, we've ordered our Christmas ham from Esicar's Smokehouse in Cape Girardeau MO, but a few years ago they retired and closed after only 73 years in business, We found Colonel Newsome's Hams in Princeton, KY and have been pretty well pleased, but some negative reviews have cropped up recently, and I thought we might benefit from some others' experience.
We want a whole country ham- salt-cured, smoked, and peppered and hung at least one year. We'll need to have them cook it, since we no longer have the huge pot required to cook a whole ham properly. For whatever reason, the ham people are emphatic that the ham must be completely submerged as you simmer it for five or six hours.
We've had them from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia (think Smithfield which is an industrial-scale product, but good), Kentucky, and Missouri, and would consider any of these. Just don't suggest Vermont where, I've read, they smoke them over corncobs. We're just not up for that; we're too used to hickory
We're just fine with "Tough as a drill Sergeant's boot" the motto of Lambert's Cafe, a nice restaurant in Sikeston, MO which features country ham on their menu.
Thanks in advance as always for your help.
Edited by MikeLM - 10/22/14 at 7:15pm