This ham recipe won converts at our 2019 dinner, because it is so damn good. And if you’re used to cooking a turkey, ham seems like a breeze – I even found myself slightly at loose ends because I didn’t realize how much less time it takes. It was awesome.

If you want a really nice ham and you’re in the Peterborough area, you order from Franz’s. They didn’t pay me to say that, it’s just true.

Glazed Baked Ham

Ingredients

  • Half ham, shank, bone in, about 8-12 lbs. (timetable for cooking other kinds of ham below)
  • A bottle of hard cider or two cups of apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Scrub the skin of the ham well with cold water
  2. Place the ham, fat side up, on a rack in a pan. Add the hard cider or apple cider to the pan.
  3. Bake covered at 325 F, and use the timetable following. If a thermometer is used, it should register 165 when the meat is cooked. If it’s a half-ham shank with the bone in, weighing 10 lbs, you want it in the oven for about 4 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the brown sugar, dry mustard, ground cloves, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  5. Remove the ham from the oven; remove the rind by loosening with a sharp knife as the rind is pulled gently up from the ham.
  6. Score the fat in diamonds (cutting not too deeply as they open up).
  7. Glaze ham by spreading brown sugar mixture evenly over fat, upper surface of the ham.
  8. Bake the ham at 400 to brown and glaze, about 20 minutes – just keep an eye on it.
  9. Remove from oven, let rest 20 minutes, then carve and serve.

Timetable for baking ham at 325

Type                               Weight in Pounds             Minutes to the Pound
Bone in 
    Whole ham                       8 to 10                               18 - 20
                                    10 to 15                                 18
                                    15 to 18                                 15
    Half Ham                        5 to 8                                     25
    Picnic Shoulder                 4 to 6                                     30

Bone Out
     Whole Ham                      8 to 10                                   25
      Half Ham                                                                        30


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