Ham, gammon, bacon joint. Let’s take a look at what they are and what the differences are between them.
This should be a fairly quick and easy one, folks.
- Are meats.
- Usually come from pigs.
- Are cured.
- Can be smoked.
- Is taken from the hind leg or rump.
- Can be wet cured or dry cured.
- Is sold cooked.
- Only comes from the hind leg.
- Is usually wet cured.
- Is sold raw.
Although gammon comes from the hind leg specifically, it can vary in where on the leg, as seen in the below picture:
- Can include collar from the shoulder, hock from the front leg, and/or gammon from the hind leg.
- Can be wet or dry cured.
- Is sold raw or cooked.
So then: a gammon is basically uncooked ham, except that gammon must come from the hind leg whereas ham can also come from the rump.
A bacon joint can include the gammon itself. Gammon can be known as “the lower end of bacon.”