A long running Southern tradition is Virginia ham. It is also called Smithfield hams after the oldest & most famous ham company is call Smithfield ham, or it may also be called country ham. You can get these hams at a variety of places, but the original Smithfield Ham is a touch above. They really do make the most incredible, long smoked hams. This country ham (or Virginia ham) cooking style is a variety of cured ham and its very salty. It originated in rural parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, and obviously, Virginia.

 

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Country hams are salt-cured & hardwood smoked, then aged for several months. Die hard traditionalists will even age theirs for years, but I’m not in that camp. ┬áCountry hams are preserved by the cure which means you can slice off small slivers and enjoy it for a long time.

Virginia Smithfield Ham | www.sweetteasweetie.com I ordered a Smithfield Ham so that I could share this Southern tradition with you. Notice that bright red color from the smoking. They send an optional glaze for you to make if you want. Who am I to turn down brown sugar goodness? I’m drooling just watching it simmer!

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What’s more southern than ham? Maybe serving it with a side of garden grown green beans!

Virginia Smithfield Ham | www.sweetteasweetie.com Drizzle the brown sugar goodness over the top of the ham. Virginia Smithfield Ham | www.sweetteasweetie.com Virginia Smithfield Ham | www.sweetteasweetie.com Then slice as thinly as possible. The ham is very salty so you want to make sure you don’t cut out chunks. The long slow smoke with a rich salt rub is what gives it the unique flavor. It’s meant to be savored & shared with friends. If you eat like you would a steak, then you will feel the moisture just suck right out of you from all of that salt. This is a rich, salty treat best enjoyed on a soft, fluffy biscuit with garden vegetables!

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