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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 hrs
additional:
20 mins
total:
5 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 servings
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • 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 degrees F (72 degrees C). Make sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone. Let stand for about 20 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

635 calories; protein 51.7g 103% DV; carbohydrates 13.5g 4% DV; fat 40.2g 62% DV; cholesterol 148.1mg 49% DV; sodium 2847.6mg 114% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2007
I used a smoked ham so really only had to heat it through and not 'cook' it so I put it in for 2 hours. I skipped the cloves because I didn't have any. The ham turned out moist and tender with a hint of swweetness. Very simple to do. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2007
I guess I'm in the minority on this one. My ham turned out really good, I just really couldn't taste any of the brown sugar. I was expecting the ham to have a sweet taste but it didn't. I skipped out on the cloves since my family doesn't like them. Thanks for sharing though. Read More
(17)
133 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 91
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2007
I used a smoked ham so really only had to heat it through and not 'cook' it so I put it in for 2 hours. I skipped the cloves because I didn't have any. The ham turned out moist and tender with a hint of swweetness. Very simple to do. Read More
(641)
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2008
I loved this recipe and would have given it 5 stars, but my daughter thought it was a bit sweet, which frankly is never a problem for me. I used an already cooked turkey ham and it worked out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2006
I've made this twice now and both times it has been perfect! It's the moistest ham I've ever made. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2005
This recipe is too easy and totally delicious. I used a pre-cooked ham so I added the juices from the bottom of the package. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2003
I used my Nesco 18 quart cooker to make a whole ham leg 21 lbs. I put the ham on the rack added enough water to cover the bottom and used a mustard glaze instead of the brown sugar one. It smelled heavenly while it was cooking and when done was so good!!! The ham wasn't dry or overcooked just wonderful!!! Thank you for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2006
Used this for my Easter ham, and it was delicious! I got rave reviews all around. After I packed on the brown sugar, I then drizzled a little bit of honey over it and it was fabulous, but I skipped the cloves. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2005
I had such a hard time finding a 'raw' ham joint! Every store had ready-smoked hams... Anyway I tracked one down in the end! This is a very tasty very traditional very easy recipe and it looked beautiful. I used half water half orange juice and basted it a little every 15 minutes or so. Delicious! (and the cold left-overs are just as good!) Thanks KK! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2006
I made a mixture of brown mustard and apricot preserves to coat the ham first. I then packed on the brown sugar. I'm not quite sure what kind of ham this really called for, so I just used what I normally buy. It wasn't a fresh ham, maybe smoked. At any rate, I needed to carve off all of the fat before beginning. I too used a mix of OJ and water and replenished as it cooked away. The liquid made a very nice gravy and the whole meal was delicious. Thanks KK! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2003
It was the best easiest ham recipe that i could find. It was so easy even I could do it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/02/2007
I guess I'm in the minority on this one. My ham turned out really good, I just really couldn't taste any of the brown sugar. I was expecting the ham to have a sweet taste but it didn't. I skipped out on the cloves since my family doesn't like them. Thanks for sharing though. Read More
(17)
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