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Baked Ham


"My family loves ham like this. Sweetly seasoned ham roasted with moist heat is a delicious way to celebrate special occasions. If using a pre-cooked ham, follow the directions on the package for baking times." --Auntie KK

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  • 1 (12-pound) bone-in ham, rump portion
  • 1/2 cup whole cloves
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 4 cups water, or as needed


Servings 18
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 335mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

Place ham in a roasting pan, and press whole cloves into the top at 1 to 2 inch intervals. Pack the top with a layer of brown sugar. Pour enough water into the bottom of the roasting pan to come to a 1 inch depth. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil or a lid.

Bake for 4 1/2 to 5 hours in the preheated oven (about 22 minutes per pound), or until the internal temperature of the ham has reached 160°F (72°C). Make sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone. Let stand for about 20 minutes before carving.

Note: Good Prep video for this recipe on website. Very helpful tips/suggestions from reviews of this recipe available on website. *If using a pre-cooked ham, several reviewers suggested adding the juices from the bottom of the package to the pan.

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