’Tis the season for eating, and for Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams near Madisonville, Tennessee, business is booming.
“We cure 11,000 country hams a year, so we stay busy, but December is our busiest month,” says Allan Benton, owner of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams.
Benton’s hams are slow-cured with salt and brown sugar, creating a mouth-watering flavor that has won praise from Southern Living magazine and The Food Network, as well as customers nationwide.
“It’s becoming the cool thing again,” Benton says with a laugh. “People can’t believe Tennessee hillbillies are the ones making this stuff.”
A specialty of Benton’s is prosciutto, paper-thin slices of cured ham that can be eaten alone or used in recipes. Hickory-smoked bacon is another tasty offering. For more information, call 423-442-5003 or visit bentonshams.com.
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