Baked Kentucky Country Ham

  • Yield 10 to 12 servings

The sweet topping balances the saltiness in this country ham recipe.

Ingredients

Ham:
1 -- country ham, preferable about 18 months old
1/2 cup whole cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vinegar
1 1/2 gallons water
Topping:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Scrub ham with stiff brush to remove any mold.  Immerse, skin side up, in cold water and soak overnight.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup cloves in the bottom of a large roaster.   Add ham, fat side up, and stick remaining cloves in fat.  Add brown sugar, vinegar and water to roaster; cover and bake at 375F for 1 hour.  Lower heat to 275F and bake an additional 20 minutes per pound.  Cool; trim off fat.  If desired, remove bone and tie ham securely with string.  Refrigerate overnight.  Remove string from ham/ cover with Topping and bake at 350F until brown.
  2. For the Topping.  Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Garden Club of Lexington’s Bluegrass Winners (the Garden Club of Lexington, Kentucky, 1985).

 

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