This has to be my favorite thing in the whole wide world. A huge ham with hints of spice and tons of sweetness is the perfect meal to welcome family and friends to your home. I like to pair this dish with some vegetables that have a bit of a kick, you don’t want everything to be sweet and mild, you want the palette to be excited with different flavors and textures.
I am Hindu but I love celebrating all holidays and see the beauty and meaning in them. I have to say that Easter is one of my favorites, with the bright colors and family-oriented traditions.
Fully cooked bone-in ham (they run from 15-20 lbs)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup finely ground spicy mustard
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Score the ham in a diamond pattern by cutting into the flesh diagonally one way (only about 1/2-inch deep) then diagonally, the other way. A beautiful diamond pattern will emerge.
Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan fitted with a rack and tent the top with foil. The foil will keep the ham from drying out or getting burned.
Bake the ham according to the directions on the package, it will require about 2 hours of baking.
Heat the ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat until all of the ingredients have been combined.
Brush the glaze on the ham in 15 minute intervals until it has fully cooked according the package directions. Do not put the foil back on, you want the glaze to harden and create an amazing crust.
Once the ham has finished cooking, allow it to cool for 20 minutes before cutting. You want the juices to be reabsorbed back into the meat so it maintains its juiciness.