I made this recipe for a family reunion and received one of the best compliments ever. An elderly Southern woman, who was a guest at the reunion, came up to me after eating this ham and said, “Now this is what a ham is supposed to taste like.”
What can I say? I am still grinning.
1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
¼ cup pineapple juice
¼ cup maple syrup
½ teaspoon Watkins cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon allspice
15 whole cloves
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Mix together brown sugar, pineapple juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, allspice in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool.
Cut away some of the fat from the ham and with a sharp knife score the ham in a diamond pattern cutting ¼ inch deep so that the glaze penetrates into the ham.
Place ham into roasting pan and spread generously with marinade Reserve a ½ cup of marinade to serve with ham. Stud the ham with whole cloves into the center of each diamond. Cover roasting pan and bake ham for 4 hours basting several times with pan drippings. Remove ham from roaster and place on platter. Serves 6 to 8.
Tip: Ham may be cooked the day of serving or the day before.
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