Looking at this photo brings back so many happy memories of holiday dinners and special family occasions. This is the way Mama always cooked our holiday ham. Allowing the ham to slowly simmer seems to remove some of it's excess saltiness. As the sweet and tangy glaze bakes onto the ham, it carmelizes to candied Southern perfection. Now that Mama does her cooking up in Heaven, our family continues to carry on her tradition!
1Rinse off ham and place in a large pot. Cover as much of the ham as possible with water and bring to a good, bubbling simmer. Cover the pot with a large piece of aluminum foil that you have poked a couple of holes in. Cook for approximately 15 minutes per pound of ham, for example, an 8 pound ham would need to cook for about 2 hours. Keep an eye on it during cooking as it has a tendency to bubble over if the heat is too high.
2Preheat the oven to 375 degrees while you prepare the glaze. For the glaze, combine brown sugar, mustard and pineapple juice to make a thick paste. Sometimes you may need to add a few more tablespoons of brown sugar if needed to thicken glaze. You don’t want it to be too thin or it will roll right off the ham.
3Carefully pour the water off of ham and remove it to a 9x13-inch pan or a baking sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil (this makes cleanup easier).
4Spread ½ of glaze all over ham and bake for about 30 minutes until glaze has cooked onto ham. About halfway through the baking time, spread a little more glaze onto ham and continue baking.
5Remove from oven and place ham on a serving platter or plate. Pour the glaze drippings from the pan back into remaining glaze, stir to combine and microwave for a minute or two until warm. Serve glaze with ham.
6To make an extra special glazed ham, garnish it with pineapple slices (held in place with toothpicks) and cherries before glazing it. Be sure to remove toothpicks before serving.