Broadbent Country Hams of Kuttawa, Kentucky took home the Grand Champion prize for best in show at the 2018 Kentucky State Fair. It was their 18th victory.
The 18.77lb ham sold for $2.8 million.
The winning bids at Thursday’s annual ham auction came from Luther Deaton Jr. of Central Bank and Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn.
Last year’s ham only brought $325,000
It too was sourced from Broadbent.
On Feb. 27, 1974, the late James Beard wrote in his column, “It was only lately, while in Kentucky, that I became acquainted with these superb hams. There’s a company called Broadbent-Bingham that sells cured and aged country hams. If you visit them, you can also buy extraordinarily good ham hocks, thick ham steaks and hams, all cured the same way. I carried back a cooked ham for Thanksgiving which was much admired by all who tasted it”.
With the holidays approaching you may be interested in buying a Kentucky country ham. I penned a buying guide a few years ago. Expect to spend somewhere between $50 and $200.