Ham hock or pork knuckle is a delicious piece of pork meat perfect for almost any occasion, from an intimate gathering to a big celebratory meal. Whenever I make it at home, my guests love it, but they seem less familiar with where they can buy it. This made me realize that not many people know where to get ham hock, which led to me writing an article about it.
What fascinates me about ham hock is that it is so “not a fancy” meat, yet people often don’t know where to find it. My theory is that not many people make it, and when they want to cook it, they don’t know where to look for it. So, fear not; I’ve got you covered, and in this article, I’ll give you some useful pointers!
Stores That Sell Ham Hock
I’ve found a number of different brands of ham hock at larger chain stores such as Kroger, Walmart, or Costco. You can also find it at your local butcher shop and nearest grocery store, but the prices differ.
Please be aware that the prices mentioned are for reference only and were accurate at the time of writing.
Kroger is a big chain market with many locations across the US, so chances are one is in your living area. The sad news is that they don’t offer lots of variety when it comes to ham hocks. In my experience so far, I’ve never encountered more than one brand.
Luckily, that one brand they offer is a good one, so you don’t really need to choose further. I’ve prepared their smoked ham hock, and it really is delicious. They have different discounts and promotions, so you may find it at a different price.
The current price is about $4 per pack.
I’ve bought a pork knuckle from Target a few times, but that doesn’t mean it’s a regular product. From what I’ve gathered, ham hock is more present in Target around the winter holidays, while they offer other types of ham the rest of the year.
Still, if you have it in your living area, I would advise you to check since you may find it. Also, some Target stores may offer it, and others may not, depending on how much supply they have left in the particular store.
This list wouldn’t be complete without Costco. With countless warehouses in the US, you are bound to stumble upon at least one. So, don’t hesitate to get in and look for ham hock because chances are you’ll find it.
The downside is that they offer so many choices that you really don’t know which would be the right one. I have bought both excellent and not-so-good brands from there. Also, the prices vary.
Still, you’ll find your groove once you gain some experience in this area. They offer many types of promotions and discounts depending on the time of the year, especially around the winter holidays.
Walmart is another place I would advise you to try, although I’ve never bought it there. A friend of mine bought ham hock from Walmart; she made a roast, and said that “it melted in her mouth.” So, when you go to Walmart, cast an eye over to the ham department and see what they offer. If you find ham hock, I hope you enjoy it as much as my friend did!
Your local butcher shop is always a good idea to look for ham hock. Regardless of which time of the year it is, they are likely to have it year-round, and there’s a good chance that it will be fresh and tasty.
The downside is that local butcher shops are often pricier than chain stores, but I find that the meat there is better. So, if you don’t mind paying a couple of bucks extra, see what they can offer you in your nearest butcher shop.
Local Grocery Stores
Never underestimate the local grocery stores. Usually, they base their supply on local demand, so if your neighbors are ham hock fans, you will likely find what you are looking for in your local grocery store.
Again, retailers tend to be slightly more expensive than chain stores, but the difference in the price isn’t so significant to change your mind.
Where will you be getting your ham hock wonder? Let me know in the comments below!