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Ham-tastic Christmas with Hamilton

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMKrysta Anderson
Chef extraordinaire Jacqui Tyson (centre) educates onlookers about how the Hamilton Smokehouse hams were prepared. Joining her in the photo op are Natasha Gayle (left) and Saunjay Wallock.
Slices of savoury chicken ham from Hamilton's Smokehouse.
Assistant news editor for Radio, Karlene Brown, takes a bite for our cameras at the Hamilton's Smokehouse ham tasting at the Gleaner's North Street offices last Thursday.
Hamilton's Smokehouse Black Forest ham.
Hamilton's Smokehouse's leg ham.
Hamilton's Smokehouse's chicken ham.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and there's no occasion quite like it, where friends and family gather in merriment to celebrate the real reason for the season. Now, what's a Christmas dinner without the savoury indulgence of decadent ham, baked and glazed to perfection?

Last Thursday, The Gleaner Company got a taste of Christmas when Jacqui Tyson, in association with Hamilton's Smokehouse, spread delectably good cheer with their line of ham.

Team Blue was in for a flavourful treat when Jacqui Tyson's team presented a succulent variety: freshly prepared chicken, black forest and leg ham. So, for those seeking an alternative from pork, you can try the chicken ham. Those who aspire to live on the leaner side of the life can try the Black Forest ham, charred to a smokey delight, while for many, the traditional tender leg ham is the way to go.

Ham review

With choices at their disposal, many lined up to sample the terrific tasty trio. Here are what a few had to say in their review:

"Pleasantly surprised at the taste and texture of the chicken. First time having it, so I didn't know what to expect; and, as one who is really tired of chicken, this is a pleasantly refreshing way to have it for Christmas. The Black Forest ham: just the name had me and I was in no way disappointed. A must try."

- T.G., female


"I liked the Black Forest ham the most. The chicken ham was a bit too salty for me."

- J.R., male


"The leg ham was and, after the sampling, still is my favourite. Personally, I don't believe in chicken ham, and thought the taste was surprisingly good. The Black Forest was a little disappointing: I didn't like that is was charred or dry, but that is just my taste."

- R.B., female


"I liked the Black Forest ham. It had a nice taste. The leg ham was my absolute favourite, bursting with flavour at every bite. I did not like the chicken ham."

- K.B., female


"The leg ham was the best for me, followed by the Black Forest ham. The chicken ham was okay, I would have needed a bigger serving to sway my mind."

- R.S., male


"The chicken ham was nice, but it's just not ham. I didn't like the leg ham, it was too sweet. For me, the Black Forest ham was the best because it had the classic ham taste, without all the unnecessary additives. I love that."

- R.H., male


So, satisfy your taste buds and those of your family by making Hamilton's Smokehouse your choice for the season.


Here's your chance to have a 'ham-tastic' Christmas. The first three persons to correctly answer the following questions will get a ham, courtesy of Hamilton's Smokehouse.

1. Name two Christmas products produced by Hamilton's Smokehouse.

2. Name one Hamilton's Smokehouse ready-to-eat hams.

3. Under what group of companies does the Hamilton's Smokehouse brand belong?

Send your answers to, no later than Thursday, December 17.