What exactly is Country Ham?

ASKED:  My husband and I moved here from New Jersey in 2015 and love our new found home.  Two weeks after we arrived we discovered a delicacy called Country Ham.  My husband laughs at me when I make the distinction between what we knew as ham and what we now refer to as City Ham.  What exactly is the difference between these two?

ANSWERED:  Most hams in a grocery store and probably what you are referring to as City Ham is wet-cured, and injected with salt water and / or sugar. Some ham producers also smoke their hams.

Country hams on the other hand are dry-cured after being rubbed with salt and smoked.  They are usually hung up and let cure from anywhere from a few months to 3 years.

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