Hams Across America

‘Tis the Season When America Hams Together Food is essential. It’s fun. It’s therapeutic. Sometimes, it’s a luxury. Food can say “Thank you,” “I’m sorry,” “Good luck,” “Hang in there,” or “Congrats!” During the holiday giving season — between Giving Tuesday and Christmas — we call on all of our friends to come together and […]

The Legendary Ham

National Pork Board director of market intelligence Patrick Fleming joins us for this edition of Pork Pod. Ham is at the center of the holiday table, but is also popular throughout the year. Don’t miss the interesting statistics in this update

Fresh Leg

Fresh pork leg delivers flavor on flavor on flavor, no matter how it’s prepared. From seasoned, smoked pork leg pastrami that’s perfect in a stacked “BBQ-bano” sandwich, to maple-bourbon ham to a savory ham salad with fennel, taste what’s happening now with pork leg. UNCUT: Fresh Leg Watch UNCUT with Chef Matt Abdoo to see […]


Understanding consumer behavior is key to reaching your customers at the meat case. The research outlined below provides insight into the factors that influence consumer purchasing decisions about fresh pork. Consumer Studies Ham Research Younger pork consumers (age 21-49, also known as Gen X and Gen Y) offer the greatest opportunity for the expansion of […]

Leftover Ham Recipes

Leftover ham: chop it, slice it, dice it or roll it into a week’s worth of meals. These recipes are quick and delicious—you’ll be a leftovers hero. First, learn how to cook spiral ham. Next, choose one of our leftover ham recipes. Whether you roasted, grilled or slow-cooked your ham, there are many ways you […]


Ham typically refers to meat from the hind leg that has been either wet-cured or dry-cured and often is smoked. Cooking Ham Cooking Tip When serving a bone-in ham, plan on two to three servings per pound. Arrange the ham slices, separate from the bone, on a serving platter. How To Cook A Ham Popular […]

Spiral Ham Basics

Cooking a spiral-sliced ham is literally as easy as a few steps, and it is the perfect dish for a large gathering. Don’t stop there though! Ham is practical all week long. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack, holiday or everyday, ham does it all.

Iowa Ham Balls

By Cristen Clark, Food & Swine Sometimes it is a welcome notion to break tradition at the holiday dinner table. I’m always excited to see how the landscape of our traditional spread changes from year to year. With the addition of new family members and the unfortunate loss of others, the dynamic of our family […]

Consumer Ham Research: A Product for All Seasons

How did we approach the research? We surveyed over 1110 U.S consumers and conducted six focus groups in key geographic areas.  Additionally, the survey screened for consumers who meet the following criteria: Shop for and prepare meals for their households at least half of the time Do NOT avoid pork, beef or poultry Purchase fresh […]