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PLANT TOUR
The Kinston plant was
originally built to process
and package lunch meat.
Tar Heel ships processed fresh pork in
combos that typically weigh about 2,500 lbs.
Roughly 20 combos fit on a semitruck - and
about 100 trucks a day arrive at the Kinston
facility's five dock doors.
The combos can be scanned for
information on the cut which determines how
the meat will be processed. For example, a
combo of ham knuckles will be injected with
a cure and massaged to help absorption. The
meat is stuffed into a 4-by-6-inch square, or
circle log and then run through Weber slicers
to make lunch meat.
Weber developed a training program called
Guardian, which facilitates training hourly
associates along with Smithfield supervisors on
the proper operation and maintenance of the
high-speed slicers.
WRAPPED IN SMOKE
Bone-in hams are injected with cure, wrapped
in meat netting and then placed on a meat tree.
The meat tree is then rolled into a smokehouse
to cook.
The cure is a proprietary blend developed
by Smithfield Foods. After injection, the hams
can increase in size by roughly 50%. So, a ham
that weighs 20 lbs in a combo can weigh as
much as 35 lbs after injection. The hams will
lose most of that moisture during cooking.
After the cook cycle, the hams can weigh about
23-24 lbs.
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A worker observes the hams coming down
the line to help with quality control and to
ensure the injectors are evenly fed with cure.
Workers load up the meat trees - 26 trees
with a total of 60 hams per tree. Hanging
the hams on the meat tree is one of the
more difficult jobs in the plant. Workers are
constantly switched out of that position to
stave off wear and tear on their backs.
The Kinston facility doesn't utilize a presmoke
or liquid smoke in the smokehouse.
Instead, Smithfield employs bone in meat
netting manufactured by PCM [Package
Concepts & Materials], Greenville, SC.
PCM meat nets are infused with smoke
flavor, and as the hams go through the heating
process, the smoke goes from the net into
the ham.
The smokers are programmed to ensure
that the hams are smoked to the specifications
required for the various products made at the
Kinston facility. Probes are inserted in some
of the hams to ensure placement in the proper
category. Hams are smoked for 12 to 13 hours.
Later, the hams are cut into portions - the
shank, a butt or a slice, for example.
Smithfield has seen a trend of consumers
selecting small portions of hams for regular
consumption while reserving the large
centerpiece hams for special occasions like
Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, or
other celebrations.
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