The Best Christmas Ham


The Best Christmas Ham. Recipe for the perfect baked ham. Made with bone-in fully cooked ham. Glazed with mustard, brown sugar, garlic and cinnamon.

The Best Christmas Ham


The Best Christmas Ham
  • 1 8 to 10 pounds bone-in fully cooked ham
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 small can pineapple rings for topping
  • 1/2 jar Marciano cherries for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Arrange a rack in the lower third of the oven. Remove any plastic packaging or netting from the ham. Set the ham aside to rest at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
  2. To make cleanup easier, line a baking dish with several sheets of aluminium foil.
  3. Remove the rind or skin of the ham, making sure you leave the fat on.
  4. Using a sharp knife score a 1-inch-wide diamond pattern (don’t cut more than 1/4 inch deep) over the entire ham.
  5. Place the ham in the baking dish. Pour 1/3 cup of water into the base of the pan and cover the ham with two pieces of foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until golden browned. Add in the brown sugar, honey, mustard, cinnamon and cloves, stirring to mix together well until the brown sugar has completely dissolved. About 2 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat to low and add in the garlic. Cook until the glaze just begins to simmer. Set aside and let cool to lukewarm.
  8. After 30 minutes baking time, carefully remove the ham from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425°F. Discard the foil and pour 1/3 of the glaze all over the ham, brushing in between the cuts to evenly cover. Return to the oven and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven, brush with another third of the glaze and some of the pan juices, and repeat again after 15 minutes more minutes of baking until a dark golden-brown crust has formed, (about 30 minutes total).
  10. ***For added depth of flavor, mix some of the ham pan juices together with the glaze in the pot which will help keep it runny enough for brushing.
  11. Place pineapple rings on top and cherries in the center of the pineapple rings and place oven on broil and broil for about 5 minutes or until crispy.

  12. Let the ham rest 10-20 minutes before slicing.

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