Baked Ham With Brown Sugar Glaze

This was supposed to be the show-stopper of our New Year’s Eve dinner. But most of us got sick the day after Christmas and didn’t recover until the 3rd of January.

I made this several years back for a New Year’s party I hosted. I discovered Cook’s bone-in ham when Shoprite gave it away for free during one of their promotions. Most of my guests loved it, and I was surprised at how good it was.

Making your baked ham is more cost-effective than buying one from Honey Baked Ham, where the smallest, around 4 lbs., can already set you back almost 40 dollars. I purchased a 10 lb bone-in Smoked Half Shank at Shoprite just before Christmas; it was the smallest I could find. I got it for around 28 dollars.

To make, Remove the plastic wrapping from your ham and score it by running your knife 1/4 inch deep, creating a diamond pattern. Then place it in a foil-lined roasting pan. Bake in a 325 F degree oven for 3 1/2 hours for a 10 lb ham or 10-15 per lb.

While your ham is cooking, prepare your glaze. Place 1 cup packed light brown sugar in a bowl, 1/3 -1/2 cup dijon mustard, 1/4 cup honey, and a splash of vinegar. Mix until combined.

Take your ham out 30 minutes before it’s done, and slather the glaze. Increase your oven temperature to 400 F and continue cooking until a golden crust has formed.