For over 60 years and across two generations of renowned curemasters, we at Johnston County Hams in Smithfield, North Carolina have hand crafted "cured" country hams inspired by the techniques used by America's early colonists. Recognized by many as the best ham in America, our country hams have been featured in Esquire, Southern Living, The New York Times, Wine Spectator and many other publications. Men's Journal has proclaimed our country ham among their "100 Best Things To Eat In America."

Authentic Country Hams - Dry Cured and Finely Aged

Johnston County Country Hams have a unique, lightly smoked aroma and mellow, lightly salted taste unlike anything else and are a true gourmet delicacy. Our unique flavor is a result of our curing process that is based on the techniques used by America's early colonists. These techniques involved "salting" the hams and then letting the hams "cure" naturally though seasonal changes in temperature that occurred through the Winter, Spring and Summer, rendering the hams perfectly "cured" for the finest flavor and quality.

We at Johnston County Hams stay true to these Colonial techniques. Using today's technology that allows careful control of temperature and humidity we simulate the necessary seasons, speeding up the process a bit only because ideal atmospheric conditions remain constant. Each country ham is first hand rubbed with the “cure”, a blend of primarily salt and sugar. Winter days at just above freezing are necessary to allow salt to penetrate the meat as it draws out moisture. The rising temperature and lowering humidity of spring allow the salt to equalize throughout the meat and the bone. Finally warm summer days allow the ham to age and mellow to its rich characteristic aroma and flavor.

In addition to our famous country hams, we are also pleased to offer a finely cured and delicately aged prosciutto, a sweet honey cured ham and traditional favorites from our smokehouse including dry cured bacon, and fully-cooked, brined, smoked turkey.

We're very pleased to announce that Johnston County Hams is a finalist for the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade's prestigious 2011 sofi™ Awards for Best New Product with our Mangalitsa Hams.

Mangalitsa Hams
Mangalitsa Hams
Our dry cured and delicately aged Mangalitsa hams are truly a gourmet experience to savor.
       Cured Country Hams from Smithfield, NC
Cured Country Hams
Our authentic and original country hams that critics the world over have acclaimed for decades.

Curemaster's Reserve Country Hams

Hand selected by our renowned Curemaster Rufus Brown, our Curemaster's Reserve hams are quite simply the best country hams available. Starting with the finest cuts of meat and carefully monitored during the curing process, these gourmet hams are dry aged to their full potential. In addition to our Reserve country hams, we are also please to now offer Mangalitsa hams and shoulders. Learn More...

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