How To Cook A Ham (3 Methods)

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    Moist, delicious ham is always a family favorite no matter which method you use to prepare it.

    Read on to learn how to prepare delicious ham by baking, preparing in a crock-pot or by grilling.

    Baking Ham


    You will need:

    • 1 12-pound bone-in ham
    • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
    • ½ cup whole cloves
    • 4 cups water

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    2. Set ham in roasting pan, and pierce it with cloves at 1-inch intervals.

    3. Apply brown sugar in a layer.

    4. Add water to roasting pan to a depth of 1 inch.

    5. Cover pan with lid or aluminum foil.

    6. Bake approximately 22 minutes per pound, 4 ½ to 5 hours.

    7. Internal temperature of ham should reach 160 degrees F. Meat thermometer should not be touching the bone.

    8. Let sit 20 minutes before serving.

    Crock-pot


    • You will need:
    • 1 cured picnic ham with bone, about 7 to 8 pounds
    • 2 cups brown sugar
    • ½ cup pineapple juice, unsweetened

    1. Apply cooking spray to inside of crock-pot.

    2. Add pineapple juice to crock-pot.

    3. Add 1 ½ cups brown sugar.

    4. Apply the other ½ cup of brown sugar on top of ham.

    5. Place ham in crock-pot, fat-side down.

    6. Set lid on crock-pot, and bake for 8 to 9 hours on low setting.

    Grilling Ham


    You will need:

    • One 1 1/2-pound slice of cooked ham
    • 1 cup white grape juice
    • 1 cup pineapple juice
    • ½ cup brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
    • ¾ teaspoon ginger

    1. Mix grape juice, pineapple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, oil, mustard, cloves and ginger.

    2. Pour over ham in a shallow dish.

    3. Leave in refrigerator overnight.

    4. Grill on barbecue over low coals for 15 minutes on each side. Baste frequently with marinade.

    Tips:
    • Choose a fresh ham with nicely marbled lean section and a firm layer of white fat.
    • Select a cured ham that is plump, firm and rosy pink. If the cured ham is wrapped, check the dating code and producer name to judge the quality of the ham inside.
    • Freeze leftovers for up to one month.
    Image Credit: artizone
    Written By: Shannon R

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