Baked Ham Recipe With Fruit Glaze
This delicious baked ham recipe features a simple glaze made from peach, apricot or pineapple preserves, along with mustard and dried pepper flakes.
- Serves: 20 persons
- 16-pound bone-in smoked ham, labeled "ready to eat" or "ready to serve."
- 1cup fruit preserves (apricot, peach or pineapple) (Also see variation below.)
- 2Tbsp prepared mustard
- 1to 2 tsps dried pepper flakes (or to taste)
Step 1Take the ham out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour.
Step 2Drain, rinse and pat dry the ham. Set the ham skin-side up on a cutting board.
Step 3With a sharp paring knife, score the ham crossways at 2-inch intervals, making a diamond pattern. This will make it easier to remove the skin and excess fat later.
Step 4Preheat oven to 325 F. Meanwhile mix up the ingredients for the glaze in a glass bowl and set it aside.
Step 5Line a large roasting pan with aluminum foil, and pour 2 cups of water into the pan.
Step 6Set a roasting rack in the pan and place the ham, skin-side up, on the rack. Insert a probe thermometer into the deepest part of the ham, being careful not to hit the bone. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 3 hours or until the thermometer reads 120 F.
Step 7Remove the ham from the oven, take out the thermometer, and with a pair of tongs pull the skin and excess fat off the ham. Leave about 1/4 inch of fat all around.
Step 8Now generously brush the ham with the glaze so that it is thickly covered. Insert the probe thermometer in a different spot and return the ham to the oven. Bake for another hour or until the thermometer reads 140 F.
Step 9Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for about 30 minutes, then carve and serve. One 15-pound ham will serve 20 people, but even if you have fewer people, the leftovers are wonderful. For a different sort of glaze, you can use maple syrup or honey in Step 8 instead of preserves.