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Honey Baked Ham Recipe

Honey Baked Ham            

I can't remember where I got this recipe but I have been using it for as long as I can remember. There is just something about simmering the ham in ginger ale that make it so good. What it actually does is kind of removes all the salt and nitrates associated with ham and lends a subtle ginger flavor. I know you will enjoy this recipe as much as we do.
Also if you can get Verners ginger ale that is the best one to use but any will work.

1 Smoked ready-to-eat ham -- 13 to 15 pounds
2 To 3 bottles ginger ale
3 cups Dry white wine

5 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/3 cup Honey
1/3 cup Real maple syrup

1 1/4 cups Chicken stock
3 tablespoons Real maple syrup
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Cornstarch

Remove the rind and score with diagonal cross-cuts. Put ham in a close fitting kettle and cover with ginger ale. Bring to boil, then simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. This step removes the too salty taste and adds a delicate flavor. Drain the ginger ale, add ham to a roasting pan and pour the wine over it. Cover with foil and bake at 350~ for 1 hour.

Combine the glaze ingredients. After the ham has baked 1 hour, brush the ham with the glaze, using all of the mixture. Return ham to oven (uncovered) and bake an additional 1-1/2 hours, or until internal temp reaches 140~. Baste occasionally after the glaze has "set", about 45 minutes. If the glaze gets too dark before the temp gets to 140 degrees, tent the ham with foil.

When ham is done, transfer it to a serving plate and loosely cover with foil to keep warm. Skim the fat from the juices, reserving all the juice and caramelized bits from the glaze. Heat this to a boil along with 1 cup of the chicken stock (reserving 1/4 cup), syrup and mustard. Dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup of reserved chicken stock and whisk it into the sauce to thicken. The sauce should be a rich dark color. Strain and pour into a gravy boat. Serve the sauce over the ham.

NOTE *** In step 1, "close fitting kettle" means the tightest fitting kettle you can fit the ham into, so it takes less ginger ale to cover it

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