The Perfect Thanksgiving Ham
When a holiday rolls around, food is always part of the conversation. Whether it’s Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, having a succulent ham on the dinner table will get people talking!
This recipe even surprised us, the first bite made our taste buds dance. We love this recipe because it has a slight Canadian spin on your typical glazed ham. Since we are in Canada, why not add Canadian maple syrup?
The glaze is such a crucial part of a ham. The key is to create a sweet, yet savoury glaze that doesn’t overpower the ham’s naturally delicious flavours.
The ham we used is a Smoked Bone-In Ham from Halenda’s Meats! This ham was partially cooked, so it only needed around 4h 30 minutes of total cook time at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
When choosing your ham, you will find that there are a lot of options out there. We prefer an un-sliced bone-in half ham. We choose un-sliced because it is less likely that the ham will dry out after cooking. The size of your ham is important as well. We used half a ham, which will comfortably feed ten people.
Many people take the rind or fat off before cooking. We kept the rind on for the first 3:30 minutes so the ham could absorb all the amazing flavours. After the 3h 30 minutes were up, that’s when we carved off the rind and fat. This is the point where we glazed our ham and put it back in the oven, uncovered for around 1 hour. At this point, the aroma of the ham should be filling your home and turning a beautiful golden brown.
Now it’s time to serve!
We paired our ham with mashed potatoes, carrots and these ultimate brussel sprouts that are loaded with the top Canadian ingredients.
Thanksgiving Glazed Ham
- Carving Knife
- Half Halenda’s Smoked Bone-In Ham
Pan Liquid Mixture
- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 Tsp Paprika
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 Pinch Salt
- Small Spring of Fresh Rosemary
- Score your Ham with a diamond cut technique
- Place ham in your cooking tray, add 1 cup of orange juice and 1 cup of water
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover your ham with aluminum foil place in the oven for 3:30 minutes
- While your ham cooks, start preparing your glaze. Add all your glaze ingredients into a saucepan, stir and allow to simmer.
- After your ham has cooked for 3h 30 minutes, remove it from the oven
- Begin to remove the rind and fat around the ham
- Once removed, use a basting brush and apply glaze all over the ham. Do not apply all glaze at once, remove every 15 minutes to add more glaze to the ham.
- Cook uncovered for 1 more hour
- Once golden brown, remove from oven and allow to cool
- Slice and Serve