Baked Country Ham


Few holiday meats are easier to cook than a ham. Just season and let it bake.

Baked Country Ham
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs


  • 12-14 pound country ham or country-style ham

  • 2 teaspoon whole cloves

  • 8 cup apple cider or apple juice

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • Dry sherry or red wine vinegar

  • Seckel pears (optional)

  • Lemon leaves (optional)


  1. Place ham in a large container; cover with cold water. Soak for 16 hours in the refrigerator; change water once. Pour off water. Scrub ham in warm water with a stiff brush; rinse well. Cut skin from ham; trim off fat. Insert cloves in ham.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degree F. Place ham, fat-trimmed side up, in a large roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of the ham, making sure it doesnt touch fat or bone. Pour apple cider or apple juice over ham.

  3. Bake ham, covered, in the preheated oven for 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until the meat thermometer registers 160 degree F. Drain off the pan juices.

  4. For glaze, combine brown sugar and ground cloves. Add just enough sherry or wine vinegar to make a paste. Spread glaze over fat side of ham.

  5. Bake ham, uncovered, about 30 minutes more or until the meat thermometer registers 170 degree F. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing. Transfer to a large platter and, if desired, garnish with pears and lemon leaves. Makes 25 to 30 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

392 Calories
23g Fat
5g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 25
Calories 392
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 1838mg 80%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Protein 31g
Iron 2mg 11%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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