Kentucky Farm Bureau

PADUCAH, Ky. — Broadbent B & B Foods of Kuttawa walked away with a national champion award in the unsmoked country ham category at the National Country Ham Association annual convention earlier this month in Paducah.

 

What might be called the "Country Ham Belt" of the country was well represented in this competition. Fourteen producers were in attendance representing North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. Hams were judged on appearance and taste. A slice of ham was taken from the center of the ham, cooked, and tasted by a panel of judges made up of meat scientists with Dr. Greg Rentfrow representing the University of Kentucky, Dr. Dwight Loveday representing the University of Tennessee, Dr. Wes Schilling representing Mississippi State University, and Dr. Benji Mikel.

"Most of the guys attending this convention represent companies much larger than Broadbent's," said company co-owner Ronny Drennan. "It's always fun to get together with them. They represent a wealth of country ham knowledge, and I always learn a thing or two from them."

 

The agenda for this year's convention included a tour of Harper's Country Ham in Clinton, Ky., a seminar on current issues impacting the industry, the announcement of the competition winners, and a tour of Broadbent's.

The country ham competition, held in conjunction with the annual convention, is composed of two categories: smoked country ham and unsmoked country ham. National champion and reserve national champion awards are given in each category.

 

The National Country Ham Association was organized in 1992. Its primary goal is to promote, develop and improve the business of country ham curing.