Spiced Brown Sugar Ham 
with Apple Jus

The secret to this supertender ham is keeping it wrapped in foil while it’s cooking and resting, letting it reabsorb any moisture released during the cooking process. “If you can’t pick up the foil-wrapped ham without burning yourself, then it’s not done resting!” says pork pro Kevin Gillespie, chef at Revival in Decatur, Georgia.

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  • One 1-pound box light brown sugar 

  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • One 8- to 10-pound bone-in smoked ham, skin removed

  • 3 medium Fuji apples—peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • Kosher salt

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar with the pepper, cloves and cinnamon. 

  2. Place the ham fat side up on two large pieces of aluminum foil and, using your hands, rub the sugar mixture all over the top and side; it should form a thick 
layer. Wrap the ham tightly in the foil and transfer to a large roasting pan. Bake 
for about 3 hours, until glossy on the outside and a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 125°. Transfer the ham to a work surface 
and let rest in the foil at room temperature until cool enough to handle, about 2 hours. 

  3. Unwrap the ham and slice the meat; transfer to a large platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Pour the accumulated juices into a large measuring cup and spoon off any fat. You should have about 3 1/4 cups.

  4. In a medium saucepan, combine the sliced apples with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and cook over moderate heat, 
stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, 
transfer the apples to a blender and puree with the ham juices and vinegar until smooth. Strain the apple jus through 
a fine-mesh sieve set over a gravy 
boat and season with salt. Serve the ham, passing the apple jus at the table.

Contributed By Photo © Marcus Nilsson Published December 2016

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 2

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: DHAD

Review Body: I made this ham for Christmas Eve.  It was absolutely delicious and has made it into my "keeper" file.  Be sure to wrap the ham twice in heavy duty foil, otherwise the brown sugar leaks out and creates quite a mess in the pan.  I also cut back just a bit on the pepper.  Served with garlic roasted potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts tossed with honey and balsamic vinegar and garlic, parsley and butter parker house rolls. 

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-12-31

Author Name: Kurtis Amundson

Review Body: My wife made this for my birthday — it was fantastic! Really enjoyed it. Everyone complimented the tenderness and how perfect it was cooked. The aluminum foil wrap does is so easy.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-12-21