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Baked Ham Recipe
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Baked Ham
See how to make an easy, old-fashioned baked ham with cloves and brown sugar. See more
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Baked Ham

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"My family loves ham like this. Sweetly seasoned ham roasted with moist heat is a delicious way to celebrate special occasions. If using a pre-cooked ham, follow the directions on the package for baking times."

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Original recipe makes 18 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 hrs

    5 hrs 35 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place ham in a roasting pan, and press whole cloves into the top at 1 to 2 inch intervals. Pack the top with a layer of brown sugar. Pour enough water into the bottom of the roasting pan to come to a 1 inch depth. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil or a lid.
  3. Bake for 4 1/2 to 5 hours in the preheated oven (about 22 minutes per pound), or until the internal temperature of the ham has reached 160 degrees F (72 degrees C). Make sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone. Let stand for about 20 minutes before carving.
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  • If you make this in a slow cooker, using a slow cooker liner can make cleanup easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 21, 2007

I used a smoked ham so really only had to heat it through and not 'cook' it so I put it in for 2 hours. I skipped the cloves because I didn't have any. The ham turned out moist and tender with a hint of swweetness. Very simple to do.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 02, 2007

I guess I'm in the minority on this one. My ham turned out really good, I just really couldn't taste any of the brown sugar. I was expecting the ham to have a sweet taste but it didn't. I skipped out on the cloves since my family doesn't like them. Thanks for sharing though.

Jan 10, 2008

I loved this recipe and would have given it 5 stars, but my daughter thought it was a bit sweet, which frankly is never a problem for me. I used an already cooked turkey ham and it worked out great.

Nov 25, 2006

I've made this twice now and both times it has been perfect! It's the moistest ham I've ever made. Thanks for the recipe!

Nov 25, 2005

This recipe is too easy and totally delicious. I used a pre-cooked ham so I added the juices from the bottom of the package.

Dec 12, 2003

I used my Nesco 18 quart cooker to make a whole ham leg [21 lbs]. I put the ham on the rack, added enough water to cover the bottom, and used a mustard glaze instead of the brown sugar one. It smelled heavenly while it was cooking and when done, was so good!!! The ham wasn't dry or overcooked, just wonderful!!! Thank you for the recipe!

Apr 17, 2006

Used this for my Easter ham, and it was delicious! I got rave reviews all around. After I packed on the brown sugar, I then drizzled a little bit of honey over it and it was fabulous, but I skipped the cloves. Thanks!

Jan 02, 2005

I had such a hard time finding a 'raw' ham joint! Every store had ready-smoked hams... Anyway, I tracked one down in the end! This is a very tasty, very traditional, very easy recipe, and it looked beautiful. I used half water, half orange juice, and basted it a little every 15 minutes or so. Delicious! (and the cold left-overs are just as good!) Thanks, KK!


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  • Calories
  • 635 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.5 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 148 mg
  • 49%
  • Fat
  • 40.2 g
  • 62%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 51.7 g
  • 103%
  • Sodium
  • 2848 mg
  • 114%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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