Australia’s Best Ham

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Decorations have been up for months, but the appearance of Christmas hams is the sure sign the festive season has arrived.

Christmas can be a busy time of year, but the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards have done the hard work and found the best 100% Australian hams across three separate categories.

Chefs Paul McDonald and Simon Bestley teamed up with Fleischmeister Horst Schurger, who has a Master’s Degree in Butchering and Smallgoods, to assess more than 140 entries to find the best traditional bone-in, boneless and nationally available hams.

The Awards recognise the best made from 100% Australian pork and the judges we’re really pleased with the quality of this year’s hams. With more than two thirds of ham sold in Australia being made from imported pork, it’s important to look for the pink square Australian PorkMark as this easily identifies Aussie ham.

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And the winners are:

Overall Winner and Best Artisan Ham

Pingelly Quality Meats, Pingelly, WA (08) 9887 1416

Bone-in Traditional Ham Category

National Overall Winners

1st: Barossa Fine Foods, Edinburgh North, SA (08) 8255 3900, website

2nd: Noosa Meat Centre, Noosaville, QLD (07) 5474 1666, Facebook

3rd: Lago and Paramount Smallgoods, Melbourne, VIC, (03) 9357 4333, website

NSW State Winners

1st: The Free Range Butcher, Mona Vale, NSW, 02 9999 5339, website

2nd: Sunshine Meats, Milperra, NSW, (02) 9774 5543, website

3rd: German Butchery, Mona Vale, NSW, (02) 9150 6402, website

QLD State Winners

1st: Noosa Meat Centre, Noosaville, QLD, (07) 5474 1666, Facebook

2nd: Gold Coast Fresh Meat Centre, Burleigh Heads, QLD (07) 5593 6333, website

3rd: Terry Orreal Quality Meats, BRENDALE, QLD (07) 3205 1885, website

VIC State Winners

1st: Lago and Paramount Smallgoods, Melbourne, VIC, (03) 9357 4333, website

2nd: Andrews Choice, Melbourne, VIC, (03) 8360 8688, website

3rd: Otway Pork, Melbourne, VIC, (03) 9394 0999, website

SA State Winners

1st: Barossa Fine Foods, Edinburgh North, SA, (08) 8255 3900, website

2nd: DJ & CA Meeks Butchers, Penola, SA, (08) 8737 2330, Facebook

3rd: Newbury & Watson Smallgoods (Richard Gunners Fine Meats Pty Ltd), Mt Barker, SA (08) 8188 4666, Facebook

WA State Winners

1st: RE & Sons, Malaga, WA, (08) 9249 4990, website

2nd: Eurostyle Smallgoods, Bibra Lakes, WA, (08) 9418 1326, website

3rd: Princi Butchers Fremantle, Beaconsfield, WA, (08) 9314 2494, website

ACT State Winners

1st: Southlands Quality Meats, Mawson, ACT, (02) 6286 2993

2nd: Meatways Butchery, Kambah, ACT, (02) 6231 7258, website

3rd: Elite Meats, Holt, ACT, (02) 6254 9338, website

TAS State Winners

1st: Perry’s Quality Meats, Smithton, TAS, (03) 6452 1416, website

2nd: Sharmans Butchery Pty Ltd, Burnie, TAS, (03) 64312213, website

3rd: The Sausage Shop, Perth, TAS, (03) 6398 2212, website

Boneless Ham Category

National Overall Winners

1st: Pingelly Quality Meats, Pingelly, WA, (08) 9887 1416, Facebook

2nd: Sunvalley Fine Foods, Warana, QLD, (07) 5437 6730, Facebook

3rd: German Butchery, Mona Vale, NSW, (02) 9150 6402, website

NSW State Winners

1st: German Butchery, Mona Vale, NSW, (02) 9150 6402, website

2nd: Zammit ham and Bacon, Pendle Hill, NSW, (02) 9896 4511, website

3rd: Stapleton’s Family Meats – Gymea, Gymea, NSW, (02) 9525 6066, website

QLD State Winners

1st: Sunvalley Fine Foods, Warana, QLD, (07) 5437 6730, Facebook

2nd: Gold Coast Fresh Meat Centre, Burleigh Heads, QLD, (07) 5593 6333,  website

3rd: The Aussie Smoke House, Warana, QLD, (07) 5309 5797, Facebook

VIC State Winners

1st: Andrews Choice, Melbourne, VIC, (03) 8360 8688, website

2nd: Peter Bouchier, Moorabbin, VIC, (03) 9827 3629, website

3rd: Lago and Paramount Smallgoods, Melbourne, VIC, (03) 9357 4333, website

SA State Winners

1st: Saint Meat, NORTH HAVEN, SA, (08) 8449 4284, website

2nd: Leabrook Quality Meats, Leabrook, SA, (08) 8331 3514, Facebook

3rd: Churchills Butchery, Adelaide, SA, (08) 84312920

WA State Winners

1st: Pingelly Quality Meats, Pingelly, WA, (08) 9887 1416, Facebook

2nd: B. RE & Sons, Malaga, WA, (08) 9249 4990, website

3rd: Salume Amo, O’conner, WA, (08) 9314 2494, website

ACT State Winners

1st: Southlands Quality Meats, Mawson, ACT, (02) 6286 2993

2nd: Poachers Pantry, Hall, ACT, (02) 6230 2487, website

3rd: Pialligo Estate Smokehouse, Canberra, ACT, (02)  6247 6060, website

TAS State Winners

1st: The Sausage Shop, Perth, TAS,  (03) 6398 2212, website

2nd: Wursthaus Pty Ltd, Cambridge, TAS, (03) 6248 5552, Facebook

3rd: Perry’s Quality Meats, Smithton, TAS, (03) 6452 1416, website

Nationally Available Ham Category

1st: Woolworths, Woolworths Half Leg Ham – Bone In

2nd: Bertocchi, Australian Leg Ham – Hickory Smoked

Highly Commended: Woolworths, Woolworths Whole Leg Ham – Bone In

Watch the judging process below