How to Bake a Ham

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  • Purchase an 8-pound smoked, fully cooked ham half

  • Put ham in a large stockpot

  • Pour water into the stockpot so that it covers nearly 2" ABOVE the top of the ham

  • Cover the top of the stockpot and refrigerate it for 24 hours

  • Drain the stockpot and rinse the ham with warm water

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit

  • Trim the fat and rind off of the ham

  • Score (light cuts) in a diamond pattern on the exterior of the ham

  • Stud the ham with 2 teaspoons of white cloves

  • Cover a broiler pan rack with cooking spray, and then place the ham on top of the rack, skin down.

  • Place the rack in a pan and pour 1 cup of apple juice over the ham into the pan

  • Cover the ham lightly with tin foil

  • Bake the ham for about 2 1/2 hours at 325 degrees

  • Be sure to baste the ham from time to time with apple juice

  • Remove the ham from the oven (BUT don't turn the oven off) and uncover the tin foil

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard, then brush the mixture onto the ham

  • Put the ham back into the oven WITHOUT a tin foil cover, and bake for an additional 30 minutes (or until a thermometer reads 140 degrees in the thickest part of the ham)

  • Once the ham is cooked, put it on a cutting board, and allow it to cool off for about 10 minutes before slicing.

  • ENJOY!

This checklist was created by holidaycook

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