How to Buy Jamón Ibérico: What to Look for and Where to Get It
How to Buy Jamón Ibérico: What to Look for and Where to Get It

To the untrained eye and palate, a ham is just a ham—usually, one entire pig leg or shoulder, sliced into short, rectangular, paper-thin sheets. But with so many types of ham on the market, it can be difficult to know which is the best and why. When it comes to Spanish ham, knowledge is power.

Jamón Ibérico: What It's Like to Journey to the Source
Jamón Ibérico: What It's Like to Journey to the Source

As my car drove up a meandering, narrow road through a grove of oak trees near the village of Jabugo, Spain, an hour outside of Seville, I reminded myself to stay alert. It’s not every day you get to observe free-range pigs in their natural habitat, and I was determined not to miss them. I was there visiting one of the top Jamón Ibérico producers in Spain—a company called Cinco Jotas.

What It's Like to Be a Master Jamón Carver
What It's Like to Be a Master Jamón Carver

To some, Severiano “Seve” Sánchez unquestionably has the greatest job in the world. He has been employed by Cinco Jotas—one of the world’s premium jamón companies based out of Jabugo, Spain—for 25 years, principally as its premier ham carver.