Best Bite – Jamón de Jabugo

Even with the range of great things we ate yesterday, the best bite of the day was undeniable: Jamón de Jabugo from La Chata.

Jamón de Jabugo
photo credit: Alexa Clark

The jamon was hand-cut from the jamon hanging on a rope from the ceiling.  The cuts were long and graceful, and the meat came on a platter laid out with small crackers, sliced to the perfect thickness to get both the texture of the meat grain and the intense flavour of rich, salty jamon.

Jamon de Jabugo
photo credit: Alexa Clark

But it was not cheap, a full plate waas 20.50 Euros.  This is why when we ordered it we were asked if we wanted a half (medio) or full portion.  We threw our budget out and got a whole portion and were very glad we did.

Jamon de Jabugo
photo credit: Alexa Clark


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  • Did you see what kind of knife they sliced it with? Curious how they hand cut it that thin without pulling out the razorblades.

  • They have special knives – some people have several that are used to cut different parts of the jamon.  They look like long un-serrated bread knives.