Brandy Glazed Ham
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- spiral-sliced bone-in half ham
- 1 large
- plastic oven bag
- 1 c
- brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/2 tsp
- ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp
- dry mustard
- 3 oz
- orange juice, fresh
- 3 oz
- brandy, optional
190 minutes before baking ham start by soaking ham in hot tap water. Leave ham in its original packaging(If there is a hole or tear in the original wrapping, wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap before soaking it in hot water), cover with hot tap water; set aside for 45 minutes. Drain and cover again with hot tap water; set aside for another 45 minutes. You can bypass these steps, but the heating time will increase 18 to 20 minutes per pound for a cold ham.
2Place oven rack in the lowest position and preheat oven to 275 degrees.
3Open ham and place in oven bag. Gather top of bag tightly so bag fits securely around the ham, tie bag and trim surplus plastic. Set ham cut side down in large roasting pan and cut 4 slits in top of bag.
4Bake ham until cetner registers 100 degrees, 1 to 1 1/2 hours (about 10 minutes per pound).
5GLAZE: Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick, syrupy about 5 to 10 minutes. There should be about 1 cup. Set aside.
7Remove ham from oven, transfer to carving board, and brush entire ham with another third of glaze. Let ham rest, loosely tented with aluminum for 15 minutes.
8While ham rests, heat remaining third of glaze with 4 to 6 tablespoons of ham juices until it forms thick but fluid sauce. Carve and serve ham with remaining sauce at table.