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'Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me.'

James Dean


We are glad that we are able to produce the majority of the pork we use in the Smokehouse on the farm!  We then source the rest of the pork we use locally. With the pigs we produce on the farm, their piggery looks out over our land and down to the sea; pens are large, straw filled and open to the fresh air and light, we hope the pigs appreciate the view! At Gubbeen there are a variety of breeding sows including Tamworth, Gloucester Old Spot, Saddleback and Landrace; their boar is usually either a Duroc or Pietrain.

Management of pigs in West Cork does not allow for their running outside all year round.  Cloven hoofed animals hate rain! In the Summer we run the sows and boar together out in the fields. They live in hutches and root the land where we feed them additionally once a day. They come home to farrow in the piggery and generally the young stay with the sow for approximately 6 weeks.

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We feed our pigs and our poultry on GM Free feed, the key being that they always have access to self service food and water. The pens at Gubbeen are deeply straw filled with one wall open to the outside fresh air. The young grow on here in family groups.

The focus of all our piggery work is that we rear our animals to provide our customers with very good quality Pork and Smoked Meats.

The key products for Gubbeen Smokehouse is of course the famous 3 star gold medal Ham, Fingal has on offer permanently all year round cuts of cured, farm reared Gubbeen ham, either smoked or green, as so much work has been done on salt balance in his cures these hams and the cuts do not need any soaking they are ready to cook.
The rashers too are either Smoked or Green and you can choose the lean loin rashers or the belly.

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One of the most popular of the Smokehouse products is the Chorizo, either the cured Salami version or the fresh cooking chorizo, all made from traditional recipes from Spain with influences of great quality Paprika and spices and herbs. The Salami is very traditional in its flavour - the longer cured having a truly unique Gubbeen Smokehouse signature flavour.

The Summer days and cooking outside which is a big part of life at Gubbeen brings the marinated chops and spare-ribs out, so simple to cook and again that flavour of well reared meat with punchy marinated sauces.

The Farmer's Markets we go to are the best way to meet us and to try our foods, so please do contact us if you are interested in what we are producing and we can let you know where you can find them in your area.

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Please contact us for the availability of our entire product list, this can be a question of waiting a few days while Salamis or Chorizo ripen. Call: +00 353 (0)28 27824 or +00 353 (0)87 85874321

For more information on our pigs, please call Andrew Brennan: +00 353 (0)87 9824929

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"…Gubbeen is at the centre of the region's artisanal food movement, and at their heart is the family that is helping to define the whole phenomenon…."

Colman Andrews author of 'The Country Cooking of Ireland'







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