Benton's Country Hams and Bacon

America's Most Legendary Bacon

Allan Benton’s path to pork notoriety was not an overnight success. In the late 1960s, after realizing that the paltry guidance counselor salary wouldn’t be enough to sustain his family, he quit the job before even starting and decided to take over a retired business doing what he knew best: smoking hams. Growing up in rural Virginia, Benton’s family raised everything they ate. The cure recipe he learned from his grandparents became the basis for his business. He still uses it today along with the old-style pig breeds like Berkshire, Tamworth, and Duroc. Benton’s ham and bacon has now made its way into Chef Thomas Keller’s menus at French Laundry, Chef John Fleer’s dishes at Blackberry Farm and David Chang’s Momofuku ramen.

We're not the only ones who love them!

Benton's Bacon is found in some of the nation's top restaurants and has been featured in Southern Living, Food Republic, Tasting Table and The Sun Herald.

Benton's Country Hams and Bacon

America's Most Legendary Bacon

Allan Benton’s path to pork notoriety was not an overnight success. In the late 1960s, after realizing that the paltry guidance counselor salary wouldn’t be enough to sustain his family, he quit the job before even starting and decided to take over a retired business doing what he knew best: smoking hams. Growing up in rural Virginia, Benton’s family raised everything they ate. The cure recipe he learned from his grandparents became the basis for his business. He still uses it today along with the old-style pig breeds like Berkshire, Tamworth, and Duroc. Benton’s ham and bacon has now made its way into Chef Thomas Keller’s menus at French Laundry, Chef John Fleer’s dishes at Blackberry Farm and David Chang’s Momofuku ramen.

We're not the only ones who love them!

Benton's Bacon is found in some of the nation's top restaurants and has been featured in Southern Living, Food Republic, Tasting Table and The Sun Herald.