Country Ham


  • 1 (16-20 lbs) country ham
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 to 8 whole cloves
  • 1 Tbs allspice
  • 1 Tbs nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup carbonated beverage


  1. Scrub the ham. Soak in cold water to cover in a large pan for 8 to 10 hours; drain.

  2. Place the ham in a 3-4 gallon stockpot and add enough water to cover. Add the vinegar, orange juice, 1 cup brown sugar, cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for twenty minutes per pound. Turn off the heat. Let stand until cool.

  3. Discard the bones. Place on large baking sheet. Mix the mustard,
    1/2 cup brown sugar, and carbonated beverage in a bowl. Spread over the ham.

  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.

Yield: 35 servings

Bonus Recipe

Kentucky Ham Slices

  • 6 slices country ham, 3/8 inch thick (about 2 lbs)
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar

  1. Trim any rind, fat, and bone residue from the ham. Line a 9x10-inch baking dish with foil, leaving enough foil overhang to fold and seal.

  2. Sprinkle with a generous amount of brown sugar. Alternate layers of the ham and remaining brown sugar in the prepared pan until all of the ingredients are used, ending with the brown sugar. Cover with the foil and seal.

  3. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the ham is cooked through and tender. (This is a wonderful way to cook country ham for a large dinner party).

Yield: 8 servings

Bonus Recipe

Whipping Cream Biscuits

  • 4 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

  1. Mix whipping cream with flour, stirring just until dry ingredient is moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and kneed lightly 3 or 4 times. Roll or pat dough to 1/2 to 3/4-inch thickness.

  2. Cut and place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 13 to 15 min. Brush with melted butter. Makes 2 dozen.

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