This baked ham was meant to be the star of our New Year’s Eve dinner, but unfortunately, most of us fell ill from the day after Christmas until January 3rd. I first made this dish for a New Year’s party I hosted, using a Cook’s bone-in ham that I got for free during a Shoprite promotion. I was surprised by how delicious it turned out, and many of my guests loved it too.

Making your own baked ham can be more cost-effective than purchasing one from Honey Baked Ham, which can cost almost $40 for their smallest size of around 4 lbs. I purchased a 10 lb bone-in Smoked Half Shank from Shoprite for approximately $28.

To prepare the ham, remove the plastic wrapping and score it with a knife to create a diamond pattern. Then place it in a foil-lined roasting pan and bake it in a 325 F degree oven for 3 1/2 hours for a 10 lb ham or 10-15 minutes per lb.

While the ham is cooking, prepare the glaze by combining 1 cup packed light brown sugar, 1/3 -1/2 cup dijon mustard, 1/4 cup honey, and a splash of vinegar.

30 minutes before the ham is done, take it out of the oven and slather it with the glaze. Then increase the oven temperature to 400 F and continue cooking until a golden crust forms. This delicious baked ham is sure to impress your guests without breaking the bank.