Country Ham is as much a part of Christmas in the South as Santa. This recipe is truly one of my favorites.

Ingredients:

  • 1 -12 to 14-pound country ham
  • 2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 8 cups apple cider or apple juice
  • Orange Juice and Brown Sugar Glaze (recipe follows)

Place ham in sink and cover with cold water. Soak overnight, changing water once. Next morning, drain sink. Scrub ham in warm water with a stiff brush and rinse well. Cut skin from ham and trim off fat. Insert cloves into ham.

Place ham, fat side up, in a large roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of the ham, making sure it doesnÕt touch fat or hone. Pour apple cider or apple juice over ham.

Bake ham, covered, in a 325~ oven for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or till the meat thermometer registers 160 degrees. Drain off pan juices.

Makes 25 to 30 servings.

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Orange Juice and Brown Sugar GlazeIngredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix sugar, orange juice, and cloves together in medium bowl to form thick paste. Set mixture aside until ready to glaze ham.

Makes about 1 cup

© 2000 Rick McDaniel

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