Crafting dry-cured, patiently-aged hams for more than 70 years
WayCo Ham Company was founded in 1946 by Waitus Worrell, and is located near downtown Goldsboro in Wayne County (hence 'WayCo') North Carolina. Waitus began curing, aging, and smoking hams for family and friends for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, quickly becoming sought after by neighboring cities and states. Waitus' hams had gained quite a following among North Carolinians, and had caught the intereset of Mamie Eisenhower, wife of then President Dwight Eisenhower. She heard that WayCo Hams were the best of the best, and had one delivered to the White House during the Eisenhower administration for their Christmas dinner. Today, Waitus' son Tony Worrell, along with third-generation and current Cure Master George Worrell, still practice Waitus' orgininal curing and aging methods to produce WayCo's signature Country Hams that are enjoyed all over the United States.
George Worrell is the Cure Master at WayCo Ham Company. Although he began working at the family business as soon as he was tall enough to lift a ham into the salt box, he returned to work full time in 2007 after working in the banking industry.
George takes pride in being heavily involved with the curing and maturation of each ham; from the initial hand application of the precise amount of the family's proprietary cure blend to the aging house where he determines how long and at what temperature the hams age in order to reach optimal texture and flavor.