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Sweet Baked Ham

Sweet hamThis recipe takes a little over four hours of your time, but it’s not labor-intensive. It is festive, tasty, and makes an elegant ham. We’ve used this recipe for several years for our church’s Christmas dinner for our women, hosted in someone’s home. It is always a hit, and someone always asks for the recipe.

You’ll need a pre-cooked, bone-in ham, and a butt portion works well. We buy the hickory smoked flavor. You’ll cook it in vinegar water for three hours. That’s right. THREE hours.

Your house might smell like vinegar. Be sure to use your stove-top fan or open a window if it bothers you. Honestly, it didn’t bother me, but when Dave walked in the house he said he sure could smell the vinegar!

After it has simmered for the allotted time, drain it and let it cool. After it is cooled enough to handle, remove the bone and fat from the ham and feed it to your dog or cats (if you have any). Next, shred the ham.This is so easy to do if you use a heavy-duty mixer like a Bosch or a Kitchen Aid. I used my whisk attachment in the Bosch and I kid you not, it was shredded in less than a minute.

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shredded ham

Next comes the part where you add seasoning.

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Yeah. It might look better in a different color dish! This is the brown sugar, mustard mixture.

Guaranteed, you’ll think this ham is going to be sooo dry. It won’t be, if you follow the directions. I promise.

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the brown sugar mixture on top of the ham

Serve this ham with sides of potatoes and Cole slaw or a salad. You can also use it in sandwiches. For this sandwich, I used freshly made cornmeal rolls. You can find the recipe for the rolls by clicking here.

sweet ham

sweet ham bake

Sweet Baked Ham

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This recipe takes time but is not labor intensive. It gives a different twist to ham or ham sandwiches, guaranteed.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American


  • 5-7 lb. bone-in ham pre-cooked; butt or shank portion - I used hickory smoked flavor
  • 3 + cups white distilled vinegar and 6 cups water (2 parts water to 1 part vinegar)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground dry mustard


  • Place ham in kettle large enough to cover ham with 1-2 inches of liquid
  • Add 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar, enough to cover the ham 1-2 inches
  • Simmer for 3 hours
  • Remove from liquid and allow to cool
  • Shred ham
  • Mix brown sugar and mustard
  • Place half ham in a baking dish - 9 x 9 or larger
  • Sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top of ham
  • Put remaining ham on top of sugar mixture
  • Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mixture on top
  • COVER TIGHTLY with tin foil.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 325.


baked ham

We found this recipe on www.melskitchencafe.com



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