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Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed Ham

Serves 8 to 10

This is the recipe my mother always used when she baked ham, and it is so easy and delicious. You can use a whole or half smoked ham, picnic, or whatever smoked pork cut you desire, as long as it is labeled 'fully cooked'. Ready-to-cook hams require a different roasting method. A five to seven pound bone-in shank half ham will serve 8 to 10 people. However, you can use this recipe with any size ham you need. The ingredient amounts for the glaze remain the same. Just follow the roasting guide under the ingredients list. I always make a larger ham than I need because leftovers are great for sandwiches, ham salad, or breakfast. If you use a large roast, thick slices can be cut from the leftovers and grilled for another meal. See more ideas for leftovers in the similar and related recipes.


Preheat oven to 325° F. Trim excess fat from ham. Score the top using diagonal cuts about 1-inch apart and about 1-inch into the meat. Insert one clove into each or every other square. Place in a roasting pan and set in the oven. Stir together the brown sugar, mustard and orange juice. Brush all over top of ham. Roast for 15 minutes per pound or until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140°, basting with pan juices and additional glaze every 20 minutes. Remove from oven; let rest for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

Notes: If preferred, you can omit the whole cloves and add a pinch, about 1/8 teaspoon, of ground cloves to the glaze mixture. Although Mom never did it and I prefer not to, baked hams are sometimes garnished with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries for a more festive presentation. If desired, for the final hour of roasting, place pineapple rings in one layer over the top of the ham, and use a toothpick to secure a cherry in the center of each ring.