How to Cook a Virginia Ham

How to Cook a Virginia Ham

Cooking a large ham can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can cook a delicious ham that your family and friends will love. Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F. Place your ham in a large roasting pan and score the surface with a sharp knife in a criss-cross pattern. This will allow the glaze to penetrate the meat and add flavor.

  2. Create your glaze by combining your desired ingredients such as honey, brown sugar, mustard, or pineapple juice. Brush the glaze all over the ham, making sure to get into the scored areas.

  3. Cover the ham with foil and place in the oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes per pound, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham registers 140°F.

  4. Remove the foil during the last 30 minutes of cooking to allow the glaze to caramelize and form a delicious crust.

  5. Once the ham is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing. This will allow the juices to redistribute and make for a more flavourful and tender meat.

Cooking a large ham can be easy and stress-free if you follow these simple steps. By creating a delicious glaze and cooking the ham low and slow, you can create a mouthwatering dish that is sure to impress. So the next time you're cooking a ham for a family gathering or holiday meal, remember these tips and enjoy a delicious ham.

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