WayCo Signature Country Ham - Aged Minimum 3 Months
The original Country Ham that Waitus Worrell, founder of WayCo Ham Company, started producing in 1946 that quickly became the delight of his local community in Wayne County, NC. The way Country Hams have been produced has changed dramatically over the decades, as most have shortened the process considerably in order to cure out the hams as fast as possible. But we have kept the same exact methods put in place by Waitus 70+ years ago, as we never wanted to change the quality, flavor, and consistency for which WayCo Ham Company is known.
We use the hind legs from hogs raised on small, local NC farms and cure them using our original, proprietary blend of cure mix. They are then rinsed, netted, and hung in our historic aging rooms where they rest in warm, summer-like temperatures for a minimum of 3 months.
Available as: Whole Bone-In / Whole Boneless / Half Ham Bone-In / 8oz vacuum-sealed packs
WayCo Chesire Crudo-Style Ham - Aged Minimum 6 Months
WayCo Cheshire Artisan Ham is a collaboration between two old friends from Wayne County, a farmer’s daughter, and a third-generation Curemaster. Cheshire Pork is a special product, resulting from forty years of selective breeding that has culminated in beautifully marbled pork, and we had a feeling that it would make a great long-aged cured ham. This product is what happens when the best pork raised in the state meets time-honored, traditional curing, and aging techniques. The ham is a perfect balance of flavor and texture, not too salty, with a buttery smoothness that makes it very easy to eat. We invite you to taste the difference.
We use the hind legs from Cheshire Pork’s selective breeding, single-source genetics of their Chester White heritage breed of hogs raised on pasture without the use of antibiotics or hormones. The hams are cured using WayCo Hams’ proprietary cure blend and are then aged in our historic aging rooms for a minimum of 6 months.
Available as: Whole Boneless / 3oz vacuum-sealed packs
Pricing: $84 Whole Boneless / $7 per 3 oz pack
Size: 7-8 lbs / 3 oz
Lady Edison Extra Fancy Country Ham - Aged Minimum 2 Years
Winner of a 2017 Good Food Award, the Lady Edison Extra Fancy County Ham is a rich flavorful ham that Sam Suchoff produces in conjunction with George Worrell, Curemaster at WayCo Ham Company. Aged at least 24 months, it is a pure expression of pork and time. Comparable to its Spanish counterpart Serrano, this long-aged ham has a taste more savory than salty and a texture that is at the same time supple yet firm. “The ham has a distinct but mild ‘ham funk’ and is buttery and rich, and not too salty,” says Suchoff.
You will find Lady Edison on the menu at fine restaurants throughout the United States, including Momofuku in New York and Mateo in Durham, NC. We start with the hind legs from NC hogs raised on pasture without the use of antibiotics or hormones by Animal Welfare Approved farmers who raise a 3-way heritage cross of Berkshire, Chester White, and Duroc. These hams are cured using WayCo Hams’ proprietary cure blend and are then aged in our historic aging rooms for a minimum of 2 years.
Available as: Whole Boneless / 2oz vacuum-sealed packs