It’s a Christmas table hero, and now Australia’s best supermarket ham has been crowned, just in time to snap one up for the big day.

It’s the second year that Australian Pork Limited (APL) has hosted the Supermarket Christmas Ham Taste Test, to help us choose a great leg of ham for Christmas lunch. More than 20 hams were judged, hailing from Coles, Woolworths, IGA, ALDI and Costco.

The judges included APL CEO Margo Andrae, celebrity chef Adrian Richardson, free range pig producer Judy Croagh and Ralf Dink of Oakwood Smallgoods.


Australia's Best Supermarket Ham WoolworthsTaking out top honours for the overall nationally available favourite ham was the Double Smoked Half Leg Ham from Woolworths, at $12.50 per kilogram. The judges praising the ham’s ‘sweet and light aroma, clean robust appearance, and deliciously delicate taste’.

The overall value ham was also from Woolies: the Half Leg Ham priced at $8.50 per kilo. “This ham had a beautiful balanced smoky aroma, flavour with a good bite,” commented one of our judges Ralf Fink.

The judges also loved the free-range Berkshire full leg ham on the bone from Costco, which took out the Premium Buy at $19.99 per kilogram.

Here’s a breakdown of the overall favourites and value at Australia’s major supermarkets:

Australia’s Best Supermarket Ham 2021


  • Favourite and Value: COLES Beechwood Smoked Half Leg Ham at $8.50 per kilogram


  • Woolworths Favourite: Woolworths Double Smoked Half Leg Ham at $12.50 per kilogram
  • Woolworths Value: Woolworths Half Leg Ham at $8.50 per kilogram


  • Favourite: Aldi Specially Selected Triple Smoked Ham Half Leg at $11.99 per kilogram


  • Favourite: Costoco Central Highlands Pork Ham on the Bone at $8.50 per kilogram


  • Favourite: IGA Naturally Smoked Leg Ham at $8.50 per kilogram

How to choose an Australian Ham

Australian Pork Limited has also released some handy tips on how to choose the perfect Aussie ham:

  • Anything on the bone is guaranteed to be Australian pork, due to strict biosecurity laws prohibiting the importation of meat on a bone.
  • When purchasing a boneless ham, a green and gold kangaroo only signifies that the product was made in Australia, and it can still contain imported pork. Australian Pork Limited encourages consumers to look closely at the bar chart under the green and gold kangaroo and check the number in the statements is over 90% Australian ingredients.

How to store a ham

Once you’ve purchased your Aussie ham, here’s the best way to store it:

  • Soak a Ham Bag, pillowcase, or tea towel in a solution of 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
  • Wring out excess water and place ham in the Ham Bag, pillowcase or wrap in tea towel. Store in coolest part of fridge.
  • Re-soak bag in solution every few days or when Ham Bag dries out.

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  • We don’t cook ham for Christmas ..


  • Ham off the bone is the best!


  • I love ham off the bone. It’s such a Christmas and leftover favourite :)


  • I don’t buy ham on the bone for Christmas since my husband passed away. There’s only my youngest son and myself now so it would only get wasted. Good to know how to check whether it’s Australian or not though.


  • I love Christmas Hams but intend to only buy the Woolworths ones every year. Might give the Coles one a go this year


  • I love ham straight off the bone at Christmas. Delicious.


  • I love ham for Christmas but I have never ever glazed it. My Mum never did. I never understood or saw the point. And many others I know don’t glaze it either. Two years ago for the first time we had glazed ham at a friends place and it was delicious.


  • I love the baked Xmas ham! So delicious! Always try and win one in the local raffle at the club but otherwise I know where to buy the best one now!


  • I really look forward to the treat of leg ham at Christmas.


  • I love my Christmas Ham. Usually get it from Coles but I might try Woolies this year.


  • I buy mine every year from our local IGA. It’s delicious, reasonably priced, Australian produced sold by a local supermarket. So many ticks for me


  • I’d like to see a bigger variety of Christmas meats. Not everyone goes for ham these days – we’re more diverse than that. I would like to see more fresh turkeys and ducks – not the anorexic frozen ones!


  • A just in time article ahead of our ham purchase.


  • Thanks for the ratings – I’ve opted for a Coles Beechwood Smoked Half Leg Ham – already purchased and in fridge.


  • Thanks, this makes my mind up which ham I will be buying!


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