The Perfect Anytime Ham!

My Aunt Jo makes the most amazing ham. We have had the privilege of eating her delicacy since we were little. At every major holiday she would make this monster of a ham. When she would arrive with that ham, we would all peak into the kitchen to see if we could get a little bite.  Her ham on my mom’s rolls! Oh it takes my breath away!! The rolls melt in your mouth and then that warm, sweet ham. Oh my goodness, you are truly missing out.

It is amazing. I absolutely love it.  It is wonderful the first day, amazing the 2nd on leftover rolls, and positively decadent in ham and potato soup.  However you decide to use up the few leftovers you will have, you first must make it.  You will not be disappointed.

We happend to be at the grocery store yesterday and picked up a nice spiral sliced ham. I cooked it with Aunt Jo’s recipe today for lunch.  We were not disappointed. It is mouthwatering!!

Christmas Cranberry and Pineapple Ham


  • 12 lb. ham, uncooked
  • whole cloves
  • 2 ½ cups brown sugar, packed and divided
  • 1 ⅓ cups cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 ½ tbsp. all-purpose flour, divided
  • tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 1 can pineapple slices
  • maraschino cherry, halved
1.Remove the skin from the ham; place fat side up. Score fat in a diamond design and stud with cloves. Place ham fat side up on rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer, making certain end of the thermometer does not touch fat or bone. Bake at 350 degrees for 3.5 – 4 hours
2.Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, cranberry juice, honey, cider vinegar, flour, and mustard in a saucepan Mix well. Bring to a boil and com one minute. Coat exposed portions of ham with remaining brown sugar. Place pineapple rings on ham securing with toothpicks. Leave tip exposed for cherry halves. Pour hot cranberry sauce over the ham, bake an additional 30 minutes or until thermometer reaches 160 degrees. Let rest before slicing.

4 thoughts on “The Perfect Anytime Ham!

  1. Julie January 2, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    You are right the ham is to die for BUT the best part of the ham is the part that blackens (or burns a little) and when it is a little crunchy on top. That’s my absolute favorite part!!

    • wyranchwife January 2, 2015 / 2:45 pm

      I have some of that on the top of this one. I will keep it warm for you. Come on over!! 😉

  2. Jo myrick January 2, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    So glad you like the ham!!!!!Papa said one Christmas that it was the best ham that he had ever tasted. I have never forgotten that!!!

    • wyranchwife January 3, 2015 / 10:13 am

      Anyone that has ever has that ham agrees that it is the best. When I quit doing my annual Christmas party, i actually had people upset that they would not get that ham anymore.

      What a great memory that Papa enjoyed it and that he let you know. I know we all think it’s the best.

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