Nearly 500 turkeys, sausages, hams and other specialty curd meat products were brought to Mobile, Ala., last week, as part of the annual Association of American Meat Processors (AAMP) Convention. The American Cured Meat Championships, a highlight of the show, is the largest national cured meats competition in the country and brings award-winning and top-selling products from across the country.
There were a total of 484 products submitted for this year’s competition by 51 participating plants. The event, which takes place over several days of the AAMP Convention, requires numerous volunteers to help register and prepare items, judges to scrutinize the exterior, interior and taste of each product, and meat science students to assist judges. All-total, three were 625 man- and woman-hours spent on the 2019 ACMC.