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March 18, 2014

Ossabaw Culatello: limited release meatheart of a ham

Smoking Goose did a little time travel for our latest limited release. Indiana's interactive history park Conner Prairie raises Ossabaw pigs just as early Hoosier settlers did centuries ago. The breed's history trots even further back than 1820s Indiana. These small pigs are descendants of wild boars in Spain, but farmers of yesterday (and chefs of today) prize them for their highly marbled, ruby red meat. We're proud to make meat magic with such an incredible raw product.

Smoking Goose Ossabaw Culatello is a handcrafted meat treat made from the tender, whole, boneless muscle at the heart of the Ossabaw ham--it's been the butcher's prize for centuries.

After carefully trimming each Culatello by hand, Smoking Goose owner Chris Eley and his crew blended sea salt, black pepper, and mustard seeds with organic white wine. Each day for more than a month, they massaged the porky muscles under the wine and spices. Then laced and tied individually by hand, the Culatelli were ready to hang for over eight months.

The result is a silky, rich, and rosy ham that's easy to slice paper thin and melts in our mouths, highlighting the sweet swine and funky complexity of this meatheart of a ham.

Now Hiring!

How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply in person Monday--Friday, 8am to 4pm, at 

Smoking Goose
407 N. Dorman St. 

Indianapolis IN 46202

Applicants who cannot apply in person may submit cover letter & resume to jobs[at]smokinggoose.com

No phone calls or social media inquiries please.

Cutting & Curing Assistant 
Full Time (however part-time may be considered for the right candidate)
daytime hours & weekends off

Duties include knife work by hand using traditional seam butchery techniques (breaking down whole proteins into subprimals, trimming boneless subprimals, and cutting trim) as well as executing the daily responsibilities of curing, brining, and overhauling products. 

Applicants must have an eye for consistency and quality as well as the ability to work in a cold environment and do some heavy lifting. Experience is not required, though applicants with prior experience are encouraged to apply. Training is provided. 

Slicing & Packaging Position
 Full Time (but part-time may be considered for the right candidate)
daytime hours & weekends off

This position includes slicing, portioning, packaging, and labeling of product. It requires attention to detail, an eye for consistency and quality, some heavy lifting, and the ability to work in a cold environment. Experience is not required and training is provided.