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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Molasses Ham

Chicken, shrimp, fish, ground beef... same old, same old at our house. Being a self proclaimed "nada chef" (aka bad cook), I get so excited when something turns out so yummy the family wants seconds. You heard right... 2nds.
Here is a picture of my excellent carving skills. Can you tell that I am the one always selected to carve the Thanksgiving turkey... NOT!
This photo is a little better (and I do mean little). At least, you can see how the glaze hardened and got a bit crispy on the outside. Oh, so yummy.
How do you make sucha delicious ham?  Look below to find out.
  • 1 fully-cooked, bone-in smoked ham 10-12 pounds
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
Place ham in shallow roasting pan; score a diamond pattern about 1/8-inch thick into the upper surface of the ham. Position rack in the lower third of the oven; heat to 325 degrees F.

Place ham in oven and bake until internal temperature, as measured with a meat thermometer, reads 130 degrees F., about 1 1/2-2 hours.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan bring the orange juice to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer and reduce the orange juice by about half, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes.

Stir in honey, molasses, brown sugar, mustard and pepper. Simmer slowly until thickened, about 25-30 minutes. Set aside.

When ham reaches 130 degrees F., start basting: Using a pastry brush, brush the glaze generously on all surfaces of the ham.

Continue to bake for 10 minutes; baste again two more times, until internal temperature of ham reaches 140 degrees F.

Remove from the oven and let the ham rest in roasting pan on a rack for at least 10 minutes, or up to 30 minutes.

Baste with the drippings in the bottom of the pan a few times before carving.

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