Saturday, January 21, 2012

Southern Cooked Baked Ham

1 12-14 pound fully cooked, bone-in ham
Whole cloves
16 ounces light brown sugar
3 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 8 oz. jar maraschino cherries, drained
12 ounces ginger ale
1 20 oz. can pineapple rings

Heat oven to 325. Stud ham with cloves. Place ham in baking pan, cover with foil and bake appropriate length of time until 1 hour is remaining. Place brown sugar and mustard in medium bowl, and stir to combine. Gradually add ginger ale to mixture until a pourable consistency is achieved; you may not need the whole can.

Remove ham from oven and remove foil. Pour brown sugar mixture over ham and, using a pastry brush, coat the sides. Cover the ham with foil, return to oven and continue baking for 1 hour, basting every 20 minutes. Remove foil for last 20 minutes.

Remove ham from oven. Arrange pineapple rings and cherries in decorative pattern on ham, securing with toothpicks. Use pastry brush to bast the fruit. Bake ham until fruit is heated through, 7-10 minutes. Yield: 12 servings

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