Tuesday, December 18, 2007

How to make the BEST baked ham EVER!!

Last year, we tried something different. A friend told me about how her family has always prepared their Christmas ham. It is quick and easy, and you will end up with a juicy, sweet, and just salty enough ham. I have never been a ham lover because of the saltiness of it. This recipe changes that and gives it a sweetness instead!

1 big ham, no added flavors, cannot be spiral cut, with bone (I always get the biggest I can find)
16-24 ounces of pure maple syrup, cannot be the fake stuff
1 large baking bag...I usually use the turkey-sized bag

Preheat your oven to 250-300 degrees. Open up your ham, and rinse it off. With a sharp knife, start sticking it into the ham, not making slices, just slits all over the ham. Get out your baking bag and place ham inside. Be sure to have a sturdy pan to place it in. Pour the maple syrup all over the ham. Close up the baking bag with the ties that are provided for you, getting out most of the air. Once it is closed up, make a few slits in the baking bag, on the TOP, to let air escape during baking...you don't want your bag to explode!

Cook your ham about 12 minutes per pound, until the internal temp is 155-160 degrees.

When your ham is done, be sure to save the drippings from the inside of the bag! I will use a baster to suck it all out before I take the ham out. It is great when used as a dipping sauce. Also be sure to let your ham rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing.


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