I wish you could see the view from my apartment window right now. It has been snowing since about 10 this morning and it is 7 right now and shows no sign of letting up. My usual 10 minute commute home took about 50 minutes today. With my 1.9 mile ride home, that means I was traveling at a rate of 2mph. Even for me, the incredibly slow walker, I think I could have walked faster than that. I rarely tune into AM radio when it isn't Cubs season, but I did turn on WBBM to check the traffic report. They said it was 3 hours and 15 minutes from downtown to O'Hare. From personal experience, I can make it from O'Hare to my apartment in 20 minutes, so I can only imagine how slow going it is.
I said that I would eventually blog about Peak's BBQ and I am not one to let you down. Every year we order a ham at Christmas time, but we don't just go to the local store and pick out your average ham. Since 1994, we have been getting our ham from Peak Brother's BBQ in Waverly, Kentucky. I discovered this year that you can't just go online and order a ham or pick up the phone to have one shipped to you. You have to know someone. Lucky for me, my Dad knows someone. So the person in the 'know' goes to Peaks, purchases the amount of ham that you want, and then ships it to you. Quite a lengthy process for a piece of meat. Now that I think of it, I would go through a process like that for Yellowfin Tuna Salad from Whole Foods if that's what was needed to get it done.
Once you taste this ham, you won't go back. I eat ham probably once a year, and this is the time to do it. It has this blackened crust on the outside that makes it taste smoky and spicy without being overpowering. We eat on it throughout the month of December, pulling that signature red bag out of the fridge, trying to come up with a new and inventive way to make ham more exciting than just a sandwich. Ham omelets, ham sandwiches on toast, fried ham, green eggs and ham, ham soup, ham and beans, you name it, we make it with ham.
If you don't know anyone from Waverly, KY but would like to get a taste of the ham, no worries, I 'know' someone. If you have any great recipes for ham, please share them as I'm sure we'll be needing them.