WA’s best hams are city specials

Headshot of Bob Garnant
Bob GarnantCountryman
P Princi Butchers owner Joe Princi and store manager Janel Diaz.
Camera IconP Princi Butchers owner Joe Princi and store manager Janel Diaz. Credit: Supplied

As the Christmas festive season approaches and thoughts turn to preparing a Yuletide ham, you may want to consider the very best local fare to treat your nearest and dearest.

Two WA butchers come to mind – which have both been named as producing the best ham in the State.

Fremantle’s Joe Princi, of P Princi Butchers, won WA’s best bone in ham at the annual Australian PorkMark Ham Awards.

He created the State winning bone-in ham, made using 100 per cent Australian pork, and believes using local product sets his ham apart from the rest.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.


“When a customer commits to buying an Australian ham, they can be assured the product is locally grown in our beautiful, natural environment,” Mr Princi said.

“Not to mention, it’s the perfect Christmas centrepiece and is the gift that keeps on giving – Boxing Day sandwiches, antipasti platters and the list goes on.”

In a second win for WA, Palmyra’s Mondo Doro butcher took out the top prize in the boneless category.

Mondo Dore ham.
Camera IconMondo Dore ham. Credit: Supplied

Australian Pork Limited marketing communications manager Mitch Edwards said this Christmas would be one where the demands of those cooking the festive feast and the principals of those producing the hero of the table were merrily matched.

“We know people are paying more attention to where their food comes from and how it’s raised,” he said.

“When you’re cooking for the people you love most, sustainable, local and ethical ingredients play a role, but taste and value for money reign king.”

In addition, Australian Pork Limited – on behalf of the industry – is using the season to highlight the fact that the majority of hams sold in Australia are made from imported pork.

“We want to specifically call this out as unless consumers are aware, they may not actively be looking for Australian at point of purchase,” Mr Edwards said.

“When it comes to ham, if it’s on the bone, then it’s one of our own.”

Mr Edwards said when buying a boneless ham, look for an almost full bar chart on the packaging to be sure your ham is made from 100 per cent Australian pork.

Judging of the Australian PorkMark Ham Awards took place earlier this year, with a total of 140 entries being assessed on appearance, aroma, form and of course, the all-important taste test.

In the bone in category, B RE & Sons Quality Smallgoods in Malaga took second place and the British Sausage Company in Bibra Lake, third.

Princi Smallgoods, also in Malaga took second in the boneless, with Eurostyle Smallgoods in Bibra Lake, third.


Overall winner: Noosa Meat Centre, Noosa, QLD

Bone in

1st Noosa Meat Centre, Noosa, QLD

2nd Andrew’s Choice Smokehouse, Laverton North, VIC

3rd Gray’s Modern Meat Mart, Toowoomba, QLD


1st Griffin & Morris Village Butchers, Berwick, VIC

2nd Premier Meats, Tenterfield, NSW

3rd Hunter Valley Meat Emporium, Pitnacree, NSW

Nationally available

1st D’Orsogna, Australian Jarrah Honey Ham

(Available in all Woolworths stores, in the deli year-round and also as a specially produced Christmas ham portion)

2nd IGA Naturally Smoked Leg Ham

(Available in all IGA stores)


Bone in

1st P. Princi Butchers, Fremantle, WA

2nd B. Re and Sons Quality Smallgoods, Malaga, WA

3rd British Sausage Company, Bibra Lake, WA


1st Mondo Doro, Palmyra, WA

2nd Princi Smallgoods, Malaga, WA

3rd Eurostyle Smallgoods, Bibra Lake, WA

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails