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  • Oven-Baked Ham

Oven-Baked Ham

Food | April 18, 2019 | Nik Manojlovich
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You and your guests will be lining up for seconds and thirds for this fantastic OVEN-BAKED HAM.

This OVEN-BAKED HAM is one of my favourite recipes to prepare. It’s especially perfect whenever you need to serve a large group of hungry dinner guests. Although you can make this pretty much any time of year, I think it especially perfect in the spring, right around Easter. Since it’s always so well received, I know you’ll have great success serving it around Christmas and New Year’s, too.

There are a few tools I’ve come to rely on when making this recipe: a large stockpot (read on to find out why), a heavy-duty roasting pan, a large cutting board and a carving set. I’ve listed my favourites in the AMAZON links below should you wish to purchase.

One final thing to mention – your cottage or home is going to smell amazing. Nothing quite whets the appetite like the aroma of a baked ham.

Here are some of the key steps to making a perfect OVEN-BAKED HAM:

Oven-Baked Ham


This recipe is for a smoked and cured 12lb. bone-in ham. I’ve had great success using organic, pasture-raised pork from a local Mennonite farm northwest of Toronto. I appreciate the way they humanely raise their animals, free of antibiotics, hormones and artificial supplements. If you can, track down a ham prepared in this manner.

Oven-Baked Ham


Whenever someone asks me how to cook a smoked ham, I always suggest getting a large stockpot for this boil-then-bake method. Boiling the ham coaxes the sodium from the meat while returning moisture at the same time. This important step is the key to a surprisingly tender and juicy ham. If your ham is encased in netting, remove it before boiling. Read the instructions below for the complete cooking time.

Oven-Baked Ham


I love the “old-school” look of clove-studded ham, complete with that time-honoured diamond-shaped scoring. The cloves add a fragrant aroma and spiced flavouring to the sweet and tangy glaze. Some folks like to remove the cloves before service, but I never do. Oh, I just love biting into a clove as I enjoy the ham – such unique and memorable flavours.

Oven-Baked Ham


I pulled out all the stops in creating this baked ham glaze, and it’s by far my most popular. I used a blend of three different mustards to add layers of interesting flavours. The added honey and brown sugar give the glaze an inviting, glossy look. Of course, the flavour of the glaze is what counts.

I’ve been in many kitchens and thought I’d heard every secret ingredient to pour over baked ham, from orange juice and grape juice to white wine and beer, and even ginger ale and Dr. Pepper! So what did we add? Apple cider vinegar to create a wondrous, tangy sweetness on this easy baked ham.

Two final thoughts on this gorgeous, never-fail recipe: if you plan to enjoy it for a holiday dinner or big get-together, serve up simple sides that best compliment the smoky flavour of a perfectly prepared ham – GARLIC MASHED POTATOES, SPICED LIME GINGER CARROTS, SIMPLE SALAD, and of course the ultimate pairing, DEVILED EGGS.

Fingers crossed you’ll have leftovers and if you do, use the ham to make our MINI DEVILED HAM SAMMIES or slice it thin for our really popular HAM & CHEESE BREAKFAST CASSEROLE recipe. Both are mighty tasty.

Nothing quite like the flavour of this OVEN-BAKED HAM, but the best thing about it is how easily you’ll be able to make it… perfectly!


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Ingredients & Amounts

  • 1 12lb. bone-in ham, smoked and cured
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of Pommery mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of hot English mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup of apple cider vinegar


  1. After removing any netting or covering from the ham, place it in a large stockpot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce to low and replace cover slightly ajar. Cook for 1½ hours.
  2. After ham is boiled, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove ham from water and place into a roasting pan. Cut away any excess rind or fat and score in a diamond shaped pattern. Insert one whole clove into the centre of each diamond shape.
  3. Prepare the glaze by stirring mustards, honey and sugar together in a small bowl.
  4. Rub the glaze evenly over the outside of the ham. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the ham and transfer to oven, baking for 35 minutes total. Be sure to baste it every 10 minutes.
  5. Remove ham from oven, letting it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

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