Perfect Roast Holiday Ham

Alexis Murphy


  • One  14-16-pound bone-in smoked ham
  • 1/2 Cup  whole cloves, or enough to cover the ham
  • 1 Tablespoon  cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon  allspice
  • 1/2 Cup  Dijon mustard
  • 1 Cup  brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  honey
  •   Juice from 1 orange
  •   Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 Cup  ginger ale soda

When my uncle sent me this recipe with no measurements, his argument was that he was "an artist, not a chef." True, but seeing as I wanted to make sure his delicious ham was replicated perfectly every time, I sought out the help of chef and owner Steve Waxman, of Trax Restaurant & Café. With the foundations of my uncle's recipe and the help of Waxman, this holiday ham is, I have to say, the perfect one — deliciously coated in a sweet, citrusy glaze, and precisely baked so that it retains a most and tender flesh. 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Score the ham’s outer layer of fat and stick the whole cloves all over it, about 1 inch apart. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and allspice and then coat the fat of the ham with the spices. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and honey in a small saucepan and whisk to combine. When the sugar has melted, thin it out with the orange and lemon juice and the ginger ale so that it is thin enough to spread but thick enough to stay on the ham. Remove the ham from the oven and glaze it all over with the honey-Dijon mixture. Continue to cook uncovered, glazing every half-hour, until the inside of the thickest part of the ham registers 120 degrees, about 20 minutes per pound. 


Special thanks to Alexis Murphy of Jac o' lyn Murphy for helping us test this recipe. 

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