Here is my method for preparing what I would call a great ham:
- Place an 8 to10 ham in a large pot of water and add about 2 cups of sugar. I normally boil my ham for about 45 minutes to get rid of the excess salt that hams are known for.
- Remove pan from pot and place on a rack, fat side up, in a large baking pan or roasting pan. Add 1½ cups of water to the pan.
- Bake the ham for about an hour or until it reaches an internal temperature of 148°.
- In the final 20 minutes of baking, brush the ham all over with glaze.
You may choose any of the following glazes:
Honey Mustard Ham Glaze:
- 4 tbsp prepared mustard
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup honey
Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
Simple Ham Glaze:
- 1 cup corn syrup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp prepared mustard
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Stir constantly while boiling, for about five minutes.
Apricot Honey Ham Glaze:
- ½ cup apricot preserves
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture thickens, then remove from heat.