My best baked ham is a to die for recipe and makes excellent leftovers; from ham salad to mac-cheese with ham. It is loved by everyone that I have served it to and never had a unkind word except that I am fattening my family LOL!
1First, you need a large pot big enough to cover the ham with water. Be sure to remove all the plastic around the ham and DO NOT forget the plastic insert on the bottom! Set ham in the pot, add cloves,and place on burner to boil. Once boiling, change setting to medium heat. Rotate ham while simmering for 2 hours. Throw away the cloves when done simmering. Also remove the thick skin covering the fat. DO NOT remove the fat as this keeps the meat tender! Remove any fat you wish at the end of the baking. Begin heating the oven at 350 degrees toward the last half hour of the simmering.
2Gather the other ingredients to make the uncooked glaze. Open the can of pineapple adding only the juice to the mixing bowl. Reserve pineapple for the meal. Then open the jar of cherries and add half the juice to the mixing bowl reserving the cherries for the meal. Add brown sugar, mustard, and maple syrup to the mixing bowl and stir to well blended. Put mixture to the side.
3Once the ham is done simmering, remove from the very hot water to a tall baking pan with large serving forks. Preferably a pan that allows the ham to be covered while it is baking. If you do not have one, do not worry! Covering the ham well with aluminum foil will work just as well.
4Now take the reserved uncooked glaze mixture and poor completely over the ham. Try to get some inside the ham through the cracks in the meat, as it helps to season the meat inside. Adding some pineapples and cherries is fine if you wish but not necessary, some do like cooked fruit on a ham. Either way is fine.
5Once the ham is covered or well foiled, place ham in the oven. Bast with a turkey baster every half hour for 2 hours. This is all the baking time you need as most packaged hams are cooked through if not partially cooked. Take ham from oven and leave covered on the stove for a half hour allowing the ham to cool slightly enough to be served. Voila! Bon Appetite!