Paul Lavelle and his team have spent the past 5 years perfecting their quality hams. Pic: Lachlan Berlin
Paul Lavelle and his team have spent the past 5 years perfecting their quality hams. Pic: Lachlan Berlin

Roma’s best butcher reveals why their hams are so good

While residents of Roma were preparing for a Christmas like no other, one local butcher has been chopping away, preparing the region’s best Christmas hams.

Queensland Country Meats was voted in by Western Star readers as the Maranoa’s best butcher, and the owner believes they’ve won this title due to their dedication to quality service and sourcing most of their products locally.

Paul Lavelle bought the butcher shop in 2006 and for five of those years, he and his team have been perfecting their Christmas hams.

“We’re not the cheapest in town, but we certainly sell the best hams in town,” Mr Lavelle said.

He said the secret to their ham is starting off with good pork product, sourced from Warwick.

“Pretty handy pigs, good fat coverage and stuff like that,” he said.

“They’re all properly wood smoked.

“Some of these big mobs, they’ll inject stuff in there instead of smoking them properly.

“We smoke ours with natural Australian woods.”

Although their pork is supplied from Warwick, as there are no piggeries near Roma, all of their other products are sourced locally where possible.

And with strong sales throughout the Christmas season, Mr Lavelle believes it’s been Queensland Country Meats’ best by far.

With many Roma residents staying in town during the COVID Christmas, it’s no surprise they’ve been more than eager to buy from their local butchers.

Mr Lavelle is thanking is well trained staff for his successes this year.


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