The holiday ham is one of the mainstays of the Pinoy Noche Buena. Every year, when Filipino families gather for their Christmas feast, the holiday ham is likely to be part of the main fare.
There is indeed good reason for ham being a holiday favorite. It is common for families to prepare a lot of food for Noche Buena. The good thing about ham is that it barely needs cooking and it can be served to a good number of people.
And when we talk about holiday hams in the Philippines, the hams of Cagayan de Oro are among the most popular and well-loved all over the country. Of course, a favorite of Kagay-anons is the holiday ham that started it all in the first place—SLERS ham.
A Good Number of Options
One of the best things about SLERS ham, aside from the fact that it is really flavorful and mouthwateringly delicious, is that there are a good number of options for you to choose from. This means you can still get to enjoy your Christmas ham even when you only have a small budget to work with.
Here are the SLERS ham products you may want to consider for your Noche Buena this year:
- Jamon Cagayan de Oro
You could say this is THE ham that started it all. Cured the old-fashioned way and then traditionally smoked before being cooked with fresh pineapple, this is the flagship product of SLERS and a favorite among ham lovers since 1969.
- Picnic Ham
This is cured and flavored in the same way as Jamon Cagayan de Oro, but it is a smaller leg of ham trimmed from pork shoulder with the skin on and the bone in. Perfect for smaller family gatherings.
- Sweet Ham
This is a pear-shaped ham that is lightly spiced so as to bring out just the right kind of sweetness you want in your ham. If you’re having Noche Buena with just your immediate family, this could be the perfect ham for you.
- Country Style Ham
A mildly cured ham that has been naturally smoked and then grilled to perfection, this is the ideal ham for those who are on a budget but don’t want to miss out on good food for Noche Buena.
Christmas will be here before we know it. It is best to start planning your Noche Buena menu as early as now, and SLERS ham definitely should be on it.