Grandmag's Baked Christmas Ham

Grandmag's Baked Christmas Ham created by GrandmaG

We always have a huge smoked ham at Christmas. When my children were little I never slept Christmas Eve night, I always stayed up and cooked the Christmas ham, and waited on Santa. My GrannyN use to cook hers this way, the only thing I changed is I don't pre-bake the ham in brown paper bags like she did. Cook times vary from the size of the ham used. Our ham at Christmas is usually 25-30 pounds. Check the package wrap for suggested cook times for the pound ham that you purchased. My final cook times are approximate, it depends on the thermometer readings. I have also posted a great recipe for leftover ham.

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5hrs
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ingredients

directions

  • Wash ham throughly.
  • Cut diagional criss crossed lines one inch apart, one inch deep.
  • When you are finished the cut lines should look diamond shape.
  • This has to be done all around the whole ham.
  • Insert whole clove in each crossed section.
  • Try to push the clove down at least an inch into the meat.
  • Bake one hour covered, in very deep baking pan, at 275 degrees.
  • This is where my GrannyN would have the ham in a paper bag.
  • Drain off fat.
  • Bake another hour covered at 275 degrees.
  • Drain off fat.
  • Let ham sit uncovered while you warm the honey.
  • Pour honey over the ham, and cook uncovered for an hour at 300 degrees.
  • Remove from oven and drain.
  • Let sit until cool to touch, about 30 minutes.
  • The ham top should be a little sticky.
  • If not it's ok.
  • When cool, using your hands, pack brown sugar all over the top and sides of ham.
  • Pushing the sugar in the cut slices.
  • Push tooth picks through the cherries.
  • Place pineapple rings on top of ham using toothpick with cherries to hold in place.
  • Insert meat thermometer.
  • Mix together pineapple juice and cherry juice.
  • Divide.
  • Pour half of mixture in bottom of pan.
  • Cover, and bake for 2 hours at 350 degrees.
  • Check doneness.
  • Usually at this point the ham is usually done.
  • Last 30 minutes, Uncover and pour remainder of pineapple juice on top.
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"We always have a huge smoked ham at Christmas. When my children were little I never slept Christmas Eve night, I always stayed up and cooked the Christmas ham, and waited on Santa. My GrannyN use to cook hers this way, the only thing I changed is I don't pre-bake the ham in brown paper bags like she did. Cook times vary from the size of the ham used. Our ham at Christmas is usually 25-30 pounds. Check the package wrap for suggested cook times for the pound ham that you purchased. My final cook times are approximate, it depends on the thermometer readings. I have also posted a great recipe for leftover ham."
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  1. TishT
    I decided to give this recipe a try based on an old memory from Christmas at grandmas. I'm so glad we did! This is a recipe that made even the ham hater in the group, go back for seconds. That's a great compliment to this simple flavorful recipe. My ham was moist and amazing. Made great gravy from the drippings too :)
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  2. I HATE TO COOK
    I love this recipe, I made it for Christmas of '07 and it cam out great. I lost the recipe and search for months and finally found it again just in time for Mother's day. It's a perfect meal for every ham lover. Thanks for the great meal.
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  3. bullwinkle
    I am not a huge fan of ham but my husband loves it. So, I made a smaller size ham using your recipe. The ham was moist with a nice brown sugar crust on it. The leftovers made a nice tasting ham salad. Thanks GrandmaG. Bullwinkle.
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  4. GrandmaG
    Grandmag's Baked Christmas Ham Created by GrandmaG
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  5. GrandmaG
    We always have a huge smoked ham at Christmas. When my children were little I never slept Christmas Eve night, I always stayed up and cooked the Christmas ham, and waited on Santa. My GrannyN use to cook hers this way, the only thing I changed is I don't pre-bake the ham in brown paper bags like she did. Cook times vary from the size of the ham used. Our ham at Christmas is usually 25-30 pounds. Check the package wrap for suggested cook times for the pound ham that you purchased. My final cook times are approximate, it depends on the thermometer readings. I have also posted a great recipe for leftover ham.
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