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No matter how you slice it, country ham is synonymous with the South.
Often considered to be a holiday and Derby tradition in Kentucky, country ham is a variety of cured and smoked ham known for its savory salty flavor.
Kentucky country hams are typically salt-cured for one to three months, and then aged anywhere from several months to a couple of years, depending on the meat’s fat content. Country hams are not fully cooked, but instead are preserved by the cure.
What once was typically served thick cut as a breakfast or dinner entrée with a side of red-eye gravy, is now also seen sliced paper thin and served charcuterie style in many Louisville homes and restaurants.
Country ham is also the perfect complement to serve with Beaten Biscuits, another Southern culinary tradition.
You can find country ham as an appetizer, entrée ingredient or sandwich on the menus throughout Louisville.
570 Eastern Parkway
Louisville, KY 40217
Served the old-fashioned way since 1929, a big fried slab with two sides.
2228 Taylorsville Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Sit at the counter and enjoy an old-fashioned country ham sandwich, dressed as you ike it. (Hint: add a smear of pimento cheese!)
700 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
The country ham platter is one of the best ways to start a meal in the city. The red-eye aioli with Blue Dog bread on the side is inspired!
1007 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40204
Minced country ham in red-eye gravy tops the shrimp & grits appetizer at this legendary Louisville eatery dating back to 1933.
2437 Brownsboro Rd.
Louisville, KY 40206
The city’s original old-school steakhouse serves up two thick-cut slices with sides like buttery lima beans, creamed cauliflower and crispy hash-browned potatoes.
983 Goss Ave.
Louisville, KY 40217
This gastro-pub in Germantown serves their ham on with a fried egg and carmelized onions.
Kentucky Derby Museum Café
704 Central Ave
Louisville, KY 40208
This ham-filled wonton appetizer includes a bourbon mustard sauce.
3940 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40207
This St. Matthews institution has been serving country ham, pimento cheese and benedictine at its deli counter since 1924.