Glazed Smoked Picnic Ham

Linda Kauppinen


This is an old farm recipe that I learned from a friends mother in Upstate NY. Its winter comfort food rural farmhouse style.
This is using a smoked picnic ham which is not only smoked but salted heavily to preserve it. The method used REALLY removes the salt from the ham reducing the sodium content dramatically for those concerned about sodium consumption.
Plus I have added my own flare to the recipe to cut down the sweetness.
Prep time includes the boiling process which removes the salt.


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  • 1
    smoked picnic ham
  • 9 Tbsp
    mustard, ground (separated in 3 tbsp batches)
  • 2 Tbsp
    cloves, ground (or whole cloves if you dont have ground)
  • 2 medium
    yellow onions, quartered (set aside)
  • 1 medium
    apple, cubed (set aside)

  • 3/4 c
  • 1/4 c
    apple cider
  • 1 tsp
    mustard, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground garlic or 1 small fresh clove finely minced

How to Make Glazed Smoked Picnic Ham


  1. First of all remove the ham from the cheese cloth bag that it comes in.
    In a large stock pot, place your smoked picnic ham, 3 Tbsp ground mustard and fill pot with cold water to cover ham
  2. Timing from the time water starts to boil, boil ham for 20 minutes and drain water completely. Repeat this process 2 more times.
    After 3rd drain allow to cool a bit to handle.
  3. At this point you will want to remove the rind but leave a little fat layer.
    Score the ham once the rind is removed
    Sprinkle lightly with the ground cloves (if you dont have ground cloves you can press 1 whole clove into each diamond section)
  4. Place the picnic in a covered roasting pan
    Bake in preheated oven at 350 F for 1 hour.
  5. While the ham is roasting, prepare your glaze.
    Then quarter your onions then peel and cube your apples.
    Set aside.
  6. After an hour of roasting remove ham from the oven.
    Put quartered onions and cubed apples in bottom of roasting pan.
    Now glaze your picnic using a brush and cover it well. Cover roasting pan and put back in the oven for another 30 minutes.
    Remove and glaze once again. Now you can pour and brush if you like depending on how thick you want the glaze. Put back in oven uncovered roasting for another 30 minutes. Remove from oven.
    Take Ham out of pan and put on platter allow to sit while you make gravy from the pan drippings.
    Once gravy is made you can slice the ham off the bone and serve.
    **Note** this gravy will tend to be a bit sweet but is very tasty.
  7. This ham goes well with mashed potatoes, mashed rutabaga, all types of squash and fresh green beans.

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About Glazed Smoked Picnic Ham

Course/Dish: Other Sauces Pork Roasts
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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