Decades-old ham breakfast recipe draws in crowds ahead of Linton Fourth of July Parade


People in the town of Linton anticipate a long line on the morning of the Fourth of July parade.

But this line won’t just be for the parade, it will be for the annual Linton Ham Breakfast.

The decades-long tradition serves anywhere from 800 to 1000 people.

Today we got to see how this unique ham is cooked.

Forty hams were wrapped in wet newspapers, cheese cloth and burlap and cooked underground.

It doesn’t sound tasty. But the final outcome has folks coming back decade after decade.

“Personally I love ham, anytime, Sunday dinners, church dinners whatever. But this is different, it’s got a different taste, it’s a fall off the bone texture, it’s just in my opinion the best ever.”

Bruce Moore, Linton Civitan member

The ham breakfast also includes eggs and other fixings. It’s $8 a plate at the door, $7 dollars in advance and $4 for kids.

Proceeds go toward the Linton Civitan group. You can get your breakfast at the Linton Fire Department from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ahead of the Linton Parade on July 4.

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