Traditional and Juicy Christmas Ham

Traditional and Juicy Christmas Ham


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Stick with the tried and true, and you won’t go wrong. This brown-sugar glazed ham was the centerpiece of our childhood Christmas dinners.

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Serving Size / Yield

6-8 servings


  • 1 10-12-lb. bone-in ham
  • whole cloves
  • 1 1-lb. box dark brown sugar
  • 1 C. sweet concord grape wine

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using a sharp knife, remove the rind from the ham. Score surface of the ham crosswise and lengthwise, forming a crisscross pattern about 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart. Place 1 clove in the center of each square. Place ham, fat side up, in a roasting pan. Press brown sugar onto the surface of the ham. Expect some sugar to fall into the roasting pan. Place in oven and bake until brown sugar just begins to melt, about 30 minutes. Baste ham with sweet concord grape wine every 20 minutes. Bake ham for a total of 16 minutes per pound. Remove from oven and allow to stand for at least 15 minutes before transferring to serving platter.

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