Allan Benton is the god of bacon and slow cured hams.
Since 1973, he has operated Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams from a modest, green-painted cinderblock building just off Highway 411 in Madisonville, Tennessee. It’s a little spit of a town in the eastern part of the state backdropped by the Smoky Mountains.
Allan has gained nationwide fame. His bacon, ham and prosciutto are sacred and used in the kitchens of chefs and foodies.
[Text by Tanner C. Latham]