The History of Stuffed Ham


The history of stuffed ham dates to early 17th-century Maryland, where it is believed slaves working on the plantations created the recipe. After butchering the hogs, the plantation owner would keep the finer cuts of pork- ham, bacon, and sausages - for himself and then give the lesser parts to the slaves. To make the best of what they had, the slaves added fresh vegetables from the garden to their meat rations and boiled everything together in a cloth bag, Once the plantation owner tasted the delicious blend of pork and greens made from the lesser cuts and realized that the recipe worked well with the more desirable ham portion, the stuffed ham found its place on the plantation owner's dining table.

The process of preparing these hams is labor-intensive, After curing a fresh ham. the cured ham is deboned by hand, and the fat is trimmed away to let the flavor of the stuffing soak into the meat. Once the ham has been deboned, slits are cut inside the ham, the ham is laid out flat, and the stuffing mixture is then packed into the ham. The hams are stuffed with, on average, 10 pounds of stuffing, with any excess stuffing placed around the ham. the hams are wrapped in cheesecloth and tied with butcher's cord to hold the ham and stuffing together during cooking. The hams are then boiled after which they are cooled and sliced. The result is an extremely moist, succulent ham full of stuffing with almost every bite.

The season of the St. Mary's County Stuffed Hams traditionally lasts from mid-October through December. Some Southern Marylanders serve Stuffed Ham at Easter dinner. Here at W J Dent & Sons, we prepare Stuffed Ham all year long. St. Mary's County Stuffed Ham is available by the pound or by the sandwich. Currently, we offer Southern Maryland Stuffed ham for 12.99 per pound or $7.50 per sandwich. With notice, we can also pack and ship stuffed ham, via overnight delivery.

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​​In-Store Pickup Stuffed Ham

St Mary's County Stuffed Ham is available all year.  We prepare and cook hams 7 days a week

We usually have Stuffed Ham available for same-day pick up without a pre-order, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please call the store at 301-994-0772 to ensure we have an adequate supply on hand for same-day pickup.
Please use our In-Store Pickup Menu for all orders other than 'same day pickup'.
You will need your cell phone number, email address, and credit card ready to place the order.

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​​Our current prices

(as of 08/01/2022)
$9.00 per sandwich, $15.99 per pound​

​​We ship STUFFED HAm

Please nOTE:

For Stuffed Ham orders over 14 pounds, there may be additional SHIPPING CHARGES

We will contact you if this applies to your order

We ship every Wednesday ​(unless noted otherwise)

We ship all orders UPS Next Day Air​