We tasted products from around the country to find the best of the best from small-production food artisans. By Cindy Hatcher
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Johnston County Hams Curemaster's Reserve ($30 for 3 [8-ounce] sampler packages)
Meat from Hungarian heritage breed Mangalitsa hogs is fatty, rich, and slightly gamey. Don't hide this ham in a sandwich—its creamy texture will remind you of better prosciutto.