Best Australian Hams named
Australian Pork has announced the winners of the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards.
Chefs Paul McDonald and Simon Bestley teamed up with Fleischmeister Horst Schurger, who has a Master’s Degree in Butchering and Smallgoods, to assess more than 140 entries to find the best traditional bone-in, boneless and nationally available hams.
The Best Artisan Ham and Best Boneless Ham was awarded to Pingelly Quality Meats, Pingelly, Western Australia, for a ham the judges described as perfectly smoky and sweet with a brilliant initial taste, true to style and with even colouring.
The Best Traditional Bone-In Ham was awarded to Barossa Fine Foods, South Australia, with judges noting its well balanced and very mild flavours, mild smoke and excellent texture.
The judges awarded the Best Nationally Available Ham to Woolworths for the Woolworths Half Leg Ham – Bone In, which had a great cure, great creamy fat, good salt and great colour.
Full results below.
Overall Winner and Best Artisan Ham
Pingelly Quality Meats Pingelly, WA
Australia’s Best Boneless Ham
1st Pingelly Quality Meats Pingelly, WA
2nd Sunvalley Fine Foods Warana, Qld
3rd German Butchery Mona Vale, NSW
Australia’s Best Traditional Bone-in Ham
1st Barossa Fine Foods Edinburgh North, SA (08) 8255 3900
2nd Noosa Meat Centre Noosaville, Qld (07) 5474 1666
3rd Lago and Paramount Smallgoods Melbourne, Vic 0401 748 879
1st Woolworths Woolworths Half Leg Ham – Bone In
2nd Bertocchi Australian Leg Ham – Hickory Smoked
HC Woolworths Woolworths Whole Leg Ham – Bone In