American Cured Meat Championships

In 1949, small business meat processors gathered in Chicago to enter their hams in the First Annual National Ham Show. Sixty-five hams were judged in four classes. This competition started a tradition that is known today as the American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC) - the only national event of its kind in North America.
This event has expanded over the years to cover a wide variety of products including hams, bacon, jerky, and sausages. Now hundreds of products are entered in 29 classes each year. Entries are evaluated by judges comprised of meat science academia and industry representatives along with fellow processor judges who have been inducted into the ACMC Cured Meats Hall of Fame. This evaluation provides information for product enhancement that could result in greater sales and business opportunities.
Any processor member of the American Association of Meat Processors that produces their own products, and is a registered attendee for the convention, may enter products into the ACMC.

2024 American Cured Meat Championships
August 1-3, 2024
Omaha, Nebraska

Questions about the ACMC?

2024 American Cured Meat Championships Rules‚Äč

The 2024 ACMC Rules are available for download here. If you would like to receive a printed copy of the ACMC rules, please send your name and address to

Questions? Please contact AAMP Outreach Specialist Nelson Gaydos at or call the AAMP office at 717-367-1168.


Product registration occurs on-site Thursday, August 1, 2024, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

You can download the ACMC product registration form and bring it with you. Blank forms will be available during on-site registration hours.

2024 ACMC Schedule

Tuesday, July 30, 2024

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - reefer truck open

Wednesday, July 31, 2024
6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. - reefer truck open
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - reefer truck open

Thursday, August 1, 2024
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - reefer truck open
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – ACMC on-site registration

Saturday, August 2, 2024
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – ACMC awards ceremony
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – ACMC product viewing
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – ACMC scorecard and product pick-up

ACMC University Class

AAMP is pleased to announce that the University Class competition will once again be held in conjunction with the American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC), August 1-3, in Omaha, Nebraska.

The University Class provides a venue to students who have an interest in processed meats to compete at the intercollegiate level. In no way is the class meant to compete with the processor member, but merely provide students an opportunity to enter into a friendly competition between schools. Besides being able to interact with processor members during convention, the main goal is for students to learn more about meat processing and the applied science involved in creating various cured meats.

The competition is open to students who have an allied membership represented in some fashion from their respective institutions. The type of product(s) that students produce will vary during subsequent years at the ACMC and follow the same rules and entry guidelines for the designated product class. For 2024, two product classes, the Cured Specialty Meat Products class and the Braunschweiger class, will be made available for competition for the University Class.

For more information:
2024 University Class Letter
2024 University Class Rules
2024 University Class Registration Form

Judges on Judging

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Andouille Sausage
Bacon (Heavyweight)
Bacon (Lightweight)
Country Bacon - Dry Cured
Cured Specialty Meat Products
Dried Beef
Frankfurters/Wieners - Coarse Ground
Frankfurters/Wieners - Emulsified 
Ham - Bone-in (Heavyweight)
Ham - Bone-in (Lightweight)
Ham - Boneless (Commercial)
Ham - Boneless (Traditional)
Ham - Semi-Boneless
Jerky - Restructured
Jerky - Whole Muscle
Luncheon Meat - Large Diameter
Meat Snack Sticks
Meat Snack Sticks - Flavored
Old World Dried Fermented Sausage
Ring Bologna - Cooked
Semi-Dried Sausage (Cooked, Non-Fermented)
Small Diameter Hot Link Sausage
Small Diameter Smoked & Cooked Sausage
Smoked Turkey
Specialty Flavor Small Diameter Smoked/Cooked Sausage
Specialty Game Meats
Summer Sausage - Cooked
2024 Featured Class: Specialty Beef Product