I love baked ham, but I usually only eat it at Easter. My mother always bakes the holiday ham and it is always delicious, tender, and flavorful. This year I decided to bake my own too so that we would have some awesome leftovers.
Two words...low and slow, when it comes to baking a delicious ham.
I bought a whole boneless smoked ham. It is more expensive, but there is no waste with fat or gristle and I have no need for the ham bone. The ham is already fully cooked, so essentially I am just heating it up, but that is where the low and slow and the glaze comes in.
I'm not promoting any brand, but this particular brand had a $5.00 rebate, which brought the price per pound down to $1.94 compared to the store brand of $1.99/lb.
3. Place wrapped ham in a rimmed baking sheet or pan.
- 1 Cup brown sugar
- 2-3 tsp mustard
- 2-3 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2-3 tsp pineapple juice
6. After 5 hours, remove ham from oven and CAREFULLY unwrap the foil with oven mitts. Pour or slather with a spoon the thick glaze over the very hot ham.
(Take note to the three score marks. This is before I added the glaze. I forgot to take a picture of the ham with the pre-baked glaze)
7. Carefully wrap ham back up tightly with the foil, you might need oven mitts. Bake for one more hour.
That is a total of six hours for my smoked fully cooked 6.7 lb ham, about 53 minutes a pound. Adjust your total time depending on the size of your pre-cooked ham. It might seem like a lot of time, but the ham will come out very tender and flavorful and should not be dried out.
***If you are baking a fresh, raw ham, bake at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes per pound and when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. For more information on cooking a raw ham, click here.
9. I used an electric knife, but the ham will be like butter, very easy to cut. The ridges in the ham help guide how thick to cut the slices. There are two ways to cut the ham. (1) I cut ham in half width-wise, then cut one of the halves lengthwise, then I cut across the two quarters for smaller pieces.
Or (2) just cut across width wise for larger slices.
No matter how you cut it...Enjoy!
** Leftovers can be frozen for future dishes. Try my Ham and Asparagus Frittata.
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