The title of the 2019 Australian PorkMark Ham Awards NSW winner in the boneless category has gone to Premier Meats. The product's high marks also put it into second place nationally, just behind Victoria's Griffin & Morris Village Butchers.
Premier Meats' Tim Rose said the business has been entering the competition for a number of years and secured some second and third places, but this is the best result so far and the team is stoked.
"We're over the moon," he said.
"It's a good result."
Premier Meats' ham comes from pork grown 75 kilometres west of Tenterfield at Punjab Stud.
TAFE NSW Granville Gourmet Meats was named winner of NSW's best bone-in ham in the annual awards. Ben Barrow from TAFE NSW Granville Gourmet Meats said his team is incredibly proud to have delivered the best when it counts.
"Our ham, crafted by teachers and students, uses a traditional process of double smoking and water cooking which results in flavourful, succulent and tasty ham.
"The judges coined our ham 'perfect' so we're sure it will impress Christmas guests this year."
Australian Pork Limited - on behalf of the industry - is using the season to highlight the fact that the majority of hams sold in Australia are made from imported pork.
"We want to specifically call this out as unless consumers are aware, they may not actively be looking for Australian at point of purchase," communications manager Mitch Edwards said.
"When it comes to ham, if it's on the bone, then it's one of our own.
"However, if you're buying a boneless ham, look for an almost full bar chart on the packaging to be sure your ham is made from 100 per cent Australian pork."
Judging of the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards took place earlier this year, with a total of 140 entries being assessed on appearance, aroma, form and of course, the all-important taste test.
In the bone in category, Sutcliffe Meats in Bella Vista took second place and Campbell's Superior Meats in West Pymble, third.
Hunter Valley Meat Emporium in Pitnacree took second in the boneless, with Sunshine Meats in Milperra, third.