Iberico Cured Ham
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We are incredibly proud of this project combining the history of Iberico pork with the skill of Allen Benton. Cured for 2 years in Madisonville, Tennessee, these hams are truly the most unique on the market. We only have 18 in stock, so if you want one, now is the time.
Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams are slow cured using salt, brown sugar, curing salt, and pepper and are typically aged 8-10 months, though hams are available 1 year and older. This time-honored practice dates back to the era of our forefathers, when the preparation and preservation of meat was a way of life and sustenance. Although the hands of time and technology have sculpted many aspects of our modern world, at Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams we have upheld the traditional dry-curing process and are striving to produce world class country hams and bacon.
Our business was started in 1947 by the late Albert H. Hicks, a dairy farmer who began curing and selling country hams out of a painted block building. Allan Benton and his employees have honed the dry-curing of hams and bacon into a culinary art and have catapulted the products from a simple breakfast mainstay into the world of gourmet cooking, where they have been praised for their characteristic flavor.
Please note that Iberian pork has a very high fat content, even compared to our pastured pork. Many of these cuts have a substantial amount of fat still attached, which is intentional. Cooked low and slow, the fat is the best part of Iberico pork! If you prefer more muscle meat for this cut, we recommend looking at our pastured pork offerings.