Broadbent Uncooked Country Hams have won this year at both national and state Competitions. In April The National Country Ham Association named them the Grand Champ of their Un-Smoked Country Ham Competition. In August they were named Grand Champion for the 16th time at the Kentucky State Fair. This Grand Champion ham went on to sell for a record breaking "Two Million Dollars" at a Charity Auction.
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In 2009, Broadbent's celebrated their 100th Anniversary in the production business of making old-fashioned Country Ham, Bacon and Sausage!
What we do!
There’s Kentucky country ham, and then there’s Kentucky country ham from Broadbent's. The makers of award-winning Kentucky country ham, hickory smoked bacon, and smoked sausage. The tradition of making products of the highest quality has been the same for over 100-years. Whether your tastes in Ham flavor is salty or sweet, we've got the perfect Ham for your Christmas celebration! Please Browse through our selections, all guaranteed to please!
Broadbent's Award-Winning History
Good Taste takes the prize when you serve a Broadbent’s B & B Country Ham. The Family has been curing country ham, bacon and sausage for 100 years. Smith Broadbent II, along with sons Smith III and Robert founded the retail business in 1966. The Bingham family of Louisville, KY. was also part of the operation in the beginning hence the “B & B” title. A series of family tragedies resulted in the Bingham’s withdrawal from the firm.
The names Trigg County and Broadbent’s are synonymous with the Kentucky’s most famous country hams. Smith Broadbent, III sold the family business to Ronny & Beth Drennan of Fredonia, Kentucky in March of 1999. Sandra Myers of the Kentucky New Era wrote on Aug. 19, 2000, “Those who bemoaned the sale of Broadbent’s B & B Foods two years ago can now rest easy. It’s a well-known fact that curing a good country ham is an art that few can master. However, traditionalist can now put their worries aside, as new owners Ronny and Beth Drennan have more than proven their ability to serve up good country ham. It all happened Thursday at the South Wing banquet hall at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville when their firm’s 2000 Grand Champion Ham was auctioned during the 37th annual Kentucky Country ham Breakfast. Since the Drennan's have owned the company they have been named "Kentucky State Fair Grand Champion". In 2005 Broadbent's set a record for at the ham auction, with their ham selling for $340,000.00 at the annual charity event. The following year in 2006, they broke their own record with a ham selling for "One Half Million Dollars. Records are made to be broken, on August 26, 2010, Broadbent's Kentucky State Fair Grand Champion sold for $1.6 Million Dollars", that ham weighed 16.05 lbs. making the cost per lb. an unbelievable $99,688.47. This year, on August 17, 2011, Broadbent's was again named Grand Champ with the ham auctioning of $600,000.00 for charity.The following is a listing of Broadbent winnings at the Kentucky State Fair:
[The Kentucky State Fair is the oldest competition we attend. Approximately 12-14 Kentucky companies compete for the Coveted Grand Champion Award each year. This competition consists of 6 classes with 1st , 2nd and 3rd place awards given. Classes 1-4 are made up of hams of different ages and weights. They are judged on appearance and aroma. Class 5 is the Best Taste or Cut Class where the ham is cut, cooked and tasted. Class 6 is awarded to the competitor with the highest score for the total of all five hams entered.]
Kentucky State Fair Country Ham Competition:
National Country Ham Association Championships:
In April of 2005 Broadbent was named Reserve National Champion in the country Ham Smoked Catagory. This was the
2ed year for this competition. This competiton is held in different locations each year. Broadbent's only attends the
competitions located closer to their facility, therefore does not enter the competition every year.
Half Million Dollar Country Ham:
August 24, 2006- Louisville, KY- A record “Half a Million Dollars” was the selling price today for a 17.2 pound Kentucky State Fair Grand Champion Country Ham, produced by Broadbent’s B & B Foods of Cadiz, Kentucky.
“Third time is definitely charm,” says company owner Ronny Drennan. “This is the third year in a row for us to win. Last year we broke the record with the ham selling for $340,000.00, but I never in my wildest dreams thought we would hit $500,000.00 this year.” Total price per pound equaled $29,069.00.
There were six bidders this year. When the bid hit $425,000.00 Auctioneer Cliff-Ed Irwin, President of Kentucky Auctioneer Association, said “This beats the heck out of selling pots and pans for $3.00.” When it hit $450,000.00 he said, “I might even get asked back next year.” Just a few bids later, Irwin announced sold for $500,000.00. First Southern National Bank placed the winning bid. A representative for First Southern National says the money will be donated to Crown Financial Ministries, a financial advisory ministry based on Christian principals.
An early morning interviewer of a Louisville TV station, said to Drennan “You’ve won three times in a row, what’s your secret recipe?” Drennan replied, “The recipe is no secret, the ingredients are on the package. The amounts we use might be secret. We do the same thing day in and day out. It seems to be working.” Broadbent hams are a long cure, all hams are at least six months old and preferable 9 months old before sold. “We have run short a time or two after Christmas and had to sell hams not quite 9 months old, but that’s not the age I prefer,” says Drennan. “The ham that won grand champion was put into cure after January 1, 2006. It was close to my preferred age.”
“It was an honor to have Smith Broadbent, III at the breakfast with us this year. This was the first time he attended since we bought the company in 1999,” says Drennan, “Smith started the winning tradition. I inherited big shoes to fill; hopefully I’ve done a good job filling them.” Sale of Broadbent hams at this charity auction now exceed One Million, to be exact $1,145,628.25. Between the two owners Broadbent’s holds the record for 12 Grand Champion Hams. Smith Broadbent, III company founder began interstate commerce in 1966 by mailing out the company’s first mail order catalog. “Our 40th anniversary catalog will be mailed out in the next couple weeks. I’ll be glad to send you a ham just like the one that sold today, for a much cheaper price,” says Drennan. To receive the 40th anniversary catalog call 1-800-841-2202 or visit the company website at www.broadbenthams.com.
$340,000 Country Ham:
Louisville, KY-August 26,2005-As the sun came up over Louisville Thursday; local TV stations were previewing the 42nd Annual Kentucky State Fair Country Ham Breakfast. Most of the talk was about politics, but that quickly changed once the sell-out crowd of 1,600 dined “high on the hog”. The focus became the auctioning of this years Grand Champion country ham. There were several similarities to last years breakfast. Broadbent’s B & B Foods were again presented the Grand Champion Country Ham Award, along with first place awards for four of the six classes. Republic Bancorp was the top bidder and Jack Crowner was the Auctioneer. Crowner began the auction asking the entire crowd to raise their hand for the opening bid of $10,000.00, then joked saying, “When the auction makes news tomorrow you can tell people, I bid on the ham but didn’t get it”. The big difference, to the amazement of the crowd, the bidding went much longer and higher than normal. The excitement grew, until Crowner announced sold to Republic Bank for a record $340,000.00.
The 15.9-pound ham averaged $21,383. per pound. Republic Bank, the high bidder for the last two years had to pay a little more this year, in fact a little over five times more for the ham. Republic Bancorp Chairman Bernard Trager caused the bidding to be held up several times as he held a “quick board meeting” at his table discussing how to proceed. In the end he decided to flip a coin, but no one at his table had a coin. A coin was borrowed from a neighboring table and the final decision was to keep going.
“I am still in shock from the events yesterday,” says Drennan of Broadbent’s. “A reporter asked yesterday how it felt to win Grand Champion and go on to sell for this record amount, my reply was for a Kentucky Country Ham Producer winning the State Fair Grand Champion is like a football player winning the Super Bowl. Some of the best Country Ham producers in the nation are right here in Kentucky and it’s always an honor to win.”
This has been a remarkable year for Broadbent’s. They began the year by winning a Reserve Grand Champion award at the National Country Ham Association Competition in April. In July they won both the National Association of Specialty Food Trade “Outstanding Meat Pate and Seafood” category for there Pepper Bacon and the American Cured Meat Associations Grand Champion for Unsmoked Country Ham and Reserve Grand Champion for Smoked Country Ham. “This is the icing on the cake”, says Drennan. “We have been blessed with winning the Kentucky State Fair Grand Champion award four of the last six years. It’s still hard to believe this year’s record price equaled more than the other three put together. More importantly though is the fact that ham I would sell for about $50.00, has raised $340,000 which will go to education and health care charities here in the state according to Mr. Trager from Republic Bank.” Eleven Broadbent Grand Champion hams have been auctioned since their first entry at the fair in 1967. They won that year and their ham auctioned for $825.00, setting a record. “My how times have changed”, says Drennan, “ Broadbent hams have auctioned for a total of $645,628 going to charity. We are a very small company, it’s incredible we could be a part of this.”
Broadbent's featured in publications and TV:
On Feb. 27, 1974, the late James Beard wrote in his column, “It was only lately, while in Kentucky, that I became acquainted with these superb hams. There’s a company called Broadbent-Bingham that sells cured and aged country hams. If you visit them, you can also buy extraordinarily good ham hocks, thick ham steaks and hams, all cured the same way. I carried back a cooked ham for Thanksgiving which was much admired by all who tasted it”. In the Sept. 29, 2003 Rosengarten Report, David Rosengarten stated “I was completely knocked out by a new product, Broadbent’s B & B Maplewood Smoked Bacon….This is my crispy breakfast bacon for this winter.” On October 20, 2004 the New York Times recommended Broadbent’s Cinnamon Bacon for breakfast and our Pepper bacon to “dice and render for savory dishes or salads”. Broadbent’s and Trigg County Hams have also been featured in magazines such as Southern Living, Saveur, Deli News, USA Today, and Homestyle, Speciality Food Magazine, Fancy Food & Culinary Products magazine and featured on “A Talk of the Town” TV Show on WTVF Nashville, TN, Kentucky Education TV and RFDTV's Bluegrass and Backroads show.
About our products:
Prizes are grand, but what our prize-winning tradition means to the customer is the best ham for their money. For years, we’ve built on the 80-year-old foundation and constantly improved and expanded to meet the customer’s needs. We still age our hams longer than almost anyone else, six to twelve months. Each ham is slowly smoked to give the authentic hickory smoked flavor. We cure the old-fashioned way with honey, salt and sugar. But today we offer a variety of products and cuts to give the customer a selection that is better than ever and yet convenient for our fast paced lifestyles.
Broadbent's produces a varied of delicious bacons including Hickory Smoked Country Bacon, HIckory Smoked Pepper Bacon, Maplewood Smoked and Applewood Smoked Bacons. If Nitrites are a problem for you, never fear, we have two Nitrite Bacons. Each flavor of bacon begins the same. The slabs are hand rubbed with our special curing ingredients. Words cannot describe how delicious our bacon actually tastes. The aroma of our bacon frying will set the tone for a perfect Sunday breakfast. Our bacon is perfect for BLT’S! Our Bacon is generally a thicker slice and our bacon is available by the slab. Make sure and check our these selections while visiting our online store.
Our Smoked Country Pork Sausage comes in unique replica cloth bags. Our Sausage is made from Great Grandma Broadbent’s secret recipe, with extra lean cuts of meat mixed with special country seasonings. Our sausage is then hickory smoked and aged for great flavor.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certifies Broadbent Country Ham, Bacon and Sausage. That and the Broadbent reputation assure top quality from first bite to last. All Broadbent products are fully guaranteed.
About our company:
Broadbent’s is a small yet growing business. Ten years ago they were employing only one full time and one part time employee and approximately a dozen seasonal workers. Today Broadbent’s employees fourteen full time workers, and approximately a dozen seasonal workers. (Seasonal being November and December.) In February of 2008, the company moved from the three leased buildings in Cadiz, Ky. into a brand new 20,000 square foot facility in Kuttawa, Ky. putting all operations under one roof. The new facility is a welcome rest stop for travelers. It contains a Deli and Gourmet Market featuring foods made in Kentucky. Plant tours are given anytime with viewing rooms open everyday. The owners, Ronny and Beth Drennan are involved in every phase of the business, from the curing process to packing and shipping. Every customer is a valued asset to our business. Ronny and Beth are always glad to answer questions and help with any concerns that might arise.
Broadbent buyers are all over the continental United States. We are a mail order and wholesale business, located at 257 Mary Blue Road, Kuttawa, Ky. 42055. We have a toll free number for our customers’ convenience. That number is 1-800-841-2202. We can also be found on the Internet at www.broadbenthams.com.