Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kentucky Legend Off the Bone Ham Review

Kentucky Legend, Original Off the Bone Double Smoked Ham.
I recently had the opportunity to try out a Kentucky Legend Off the Bone smoked ham, and gracious y'all, it sure is a fantastic ham - wow!

Baked ham is a perfect main course for any holiday, of course, and growing up we always had one on the major holidays, right alongside a huge turkey and all the fixins, but we eat ham all year round at this house. I cook one often for Sunday dinner, so that I always have leftover ham in the freezer to use in sandwiches and salads, beans and soups, gumbo, jambalaya and casseroles. Baking your own is hands down more economical and far better tasting than most deli ham, which I find to be mighty salty these days.

Don't get me wrong... I certainly love having a leftover ham bone from a big bone-in ham, and I sure use them, but there are times that you just want the ham. A boneless ham is a good value because there is literally no waste and you're paying for pure ham and not the weight of the bone.

I'm not much of an innovator on the consumer scale of trying new things. Once I find a product I love, I tend to stick with the same thing year after year and it's rare that I venture away from them often, but I seriously can't believe I have never tried this ham before. Sure enough, the next time I was at my local grocery store, there they were right in the ham case.

The ham I received was a nice size, 6 pounds, and while there are complete instructions included on a basic bake, and even access to a holiday ham hotline for any questions you might have, I decided to make it in the slow cooker, with a pepper jelly glaze, which I finished off in the oven at the end to set the glaze. You'll find the complete recipe and instructions here.

The flavor of this ham is just outstanding. It's not overly salty, has a wonderful hickory smoked flavor, great texture and is both tender and juicy.

I thought for sure that I'd be able to freeze some of this for the little holiday meal that my husband and I share together away from the big family celebration, but neither of us could stay out of it! We are down to the last couple of slices, so I've already made up my mind to grab another Kentucky Legend next time I pick up my groceries! I think we might be hooked.

It was pretty cool to learn that Kentucky Legend hams have been made for more than 100 years in Owensboro, Kentucky, and that every ham is still hand selected and hand trimmed, even today. They are double-smoked with the same recipe and methods handed down through several generations.

I hope that you'll consider this ham for your holiday table. Kentucky Legend is available as a whole ham, half ham, petite or a sliced quarter ham. You can visit the website to find out where to buy one in your area and they even have a chart on that page to help you figure out how much ham you'll need for your guests.

Besides having a quality ham product, Kentucky Legend also has a consumer Ham Headquarters available - a great resource for everything from general ham information, to basic FAQs, and if you have specific questions that aren't covered there, you can email your questions, or if you need help right away, call the hotline at 1-866-343-5058 from 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, all throughout the holiday season, from November 11 until December 28. They will field all of your ham related questions, from what size ham to buy for the number of guests you expect, to what type of wine to serve with your ham!

Kentucky Legend Hams are part of the Specialty Foods Group, Inc. (SFG) family of premium branded and private label meat products, all produced in the good ole U.S. of A. Learn more about Kentucky Legend Hams at the company’s web site, where you can sign up for their newsletter to get coupons, new recipes and find out about new promotions.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! Please check back on this post for the winner announcement.

Update! Congratulations to FJA who said...
There's nothing like ham & eggs for breakfast...I'd use the leftover ham for breakfast...fried up nicely with eggs over easy with some toast and maybe some fried up crispy hash brown potato's and then, of course, sandwiches for lunch...BUT, my wife likes to toss it into her split pea or bean soup...which is outstanding!
Shoot me an email at mary@deepsouthdish.com as soon as possible FJA with your full name and a street mailing address so I can get this ham out to you ASAP! Reference Kentucky Legend Ham Winner in your email so I can see it in the avalanche of email I get. Congratulations and thanks for entering everybody!

Hey... how about the chance to have a Kentucky Legend delivered right to your door, free?

That's right! The good folks at Kentucky Legend have offered me ONE free Kentucky Legend Off the Bone Ham to give to ONE lucky Deep South Dish reader free... and delivered right to your door - yay!

TO ENTER: Simply comment below to enter for a chance to win and tell me what you love to make with leftover baked ham. That's it! You may post with the NAME/URL or ANONYMOUS options, but be sure to fill in the name field or leave your name along with your comment so I'll know who you are if your name comes up in the random draw.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! HURRY!! This giveaway closes at NOON CST Thursday, November 21, 2013.
One winner will be selected at random from the comments and will be announced on Thursday afternoon at the site on this same post, so bookmark this post to check back!

Readers are responsible for checking back to see if they were selected and need to provide name and a complete street address to me via email at mary@deepsouthdish.com as soon as possible, so that I can get this out to you quickly! Sorry, since this giveaway is sponsored in the U.S. it is open to U.S. residents only please.

This giveaway is a quick turnaround so STOP BACK by on Friday morning to learn if you've won and shoot me your address real quick like, so the folks at Kentucky Legend can rush this right out to you. I can't guarantee you'll have it for Thanksgiving, but we'll get it to you as quick as we can.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

Disclosure: I received one free Kentucky Legend ham plus another to host this giveaway to be sent to one person on random draw from the entries posted.

Good luck!

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