Many years ago, I decided to start a new tradition. I’ve probably talked about this before, but I finally have a half way decent photo to share. Anyway, on Christmas Eve we always go to church that afternoon or evening and then the boys would come home and open their 1st gift which was always Christmas PJ’s. They did that till Drew told me he didn’t like that tradition anymore and didn’t want Christmas PJs. For a year or two after that I got Alex PJ’s and just got Drew a t-shirt of some kind. Then, when I felt like Alex thought was over it, I quit it all together. However the tradition that I started and never stopped was a Christmas Eve Dinner. Since we have homemade pasta on Christmas Day, I thought it would be nice to something traditional, so ham sounded good. I usually do ham with Hash Brown Casserole or Praline Sweet Potatoes with Green Beans, either Savory or Candied.

Honey Baked Ham
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 24 hours +
Cooking Time: 4 hours (depending on the size of your ham)

Ingredients:
13 pound bone-in ham
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup honey
3 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 pineapple juice

Directions:
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix all ingredients together. Stir until it forms a nice thick glaze. Allow to cool!

I injected the ham the night before, which was much different than injecting a turkey like I’m used to. I poured about half of the marinade, placed it on a large roasting pan covered in foil and refrigerated until the next day.

The next day:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake for 2 hours.
Remove from oven and carefully brush marinade over the top side of the ham.
Bake for 1 more hour.
Remove from oven and carefully flip the ham over and brush marinade the other side making sure that the entire ham has been brushed with glaze.
Bake for 1 more hour or until ham reaches an internal temp of 375 degrees.
Rub on half of the glaze and bake for 30 minutes more. Flip the ham over and rub on remaining glaze and bake for 1 hour more. Remove from oven and allow the ham to rest for at least 30 minutes before serving.

 

Honey Baked Ham
 
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Servings: 8 Prep Time: 24 hours + Cooking Time: 4 hours (depending on the size of your ham)
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 13 pound bone-in ham
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1½ pineapple juice
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix all ingredients together. Stir until it forms a nice thick glaze. Allow to cool!
  2. I injected the ham the night before, which was much different than injecting a turkey like I'm used to. I poured about half of the marinade, placed it on a large roasting pan covered in foil and refrigerated until the next day.
  3. --The next day:
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Bake for 2 hours.
  6. Remove from oven and carefully brush marinade over the top side of the ham.
  7. Bake for 1 more hour.
  8. Remove from oven and carefully flip the ham over and brush marinade the other side making sure that the entire ham has been brushed with glaze.
  9. Bake for 1 more hour or until ham reaches an internal temp of 375 degrees.
  10. Rub on half of the glaze and bake for 30 minutes more. Flip the ham over and rub on remaining glaze and bake for 1 hour more. Remove from oven and allow the ham to rest for at least 30 minutes before serving.

~Adapted from The Neely’s