Saturday, January 3, 2009

City Ham

New Year's ended up being a 3 days feast at our place starting with a ham dinner on the 30th with friends & my parents. I planned to make a turkey but Matt said he'd been wanting to try this recipe from Alton Brown for awhile so I went with it.
City Ham
I thought this recipe sounded a little out there with the ham coated in mustard, bourbon & crushed ginger snaps but man was it ever good. The glaze gave it a wonderful tangy, sweet flavor. Oh & the leftovers, heaven!

City Ham
from Alton Brown

1 ham (the kind that is brined & marked "ready to cook," "partially cooked" or "ready to serve")
2 c brown sugar
1/4 c brown mustard
bourbon (in a spray bottle)
2 c crushed ginger snaps (we ground them fine in the food processor)

Preheat oven to 250 F.

Rinse & drain ham throughly. Place cut side down in a roasting pan. Use a small knife to cut diamonds into the skin & first few layers of fat .
cut into diamonds
Tent with foil & insert a thermometer into the center of the ham. Bake for 3 -4 hours until the temperature registers 130 F. Use tongs to remove the diamonds of skin & fat that comes with it.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Dry the ham & them coat with the mustard.
coat with brown mustard
Now cover with the brown sugar then spray the bourbon all over it.
Coat with brown sugar
Pack the as much of the ginger snaps as you can all over the ham.
Cover with crushed ginger snaps
Cook until thermometer reaches 140 F about 1 hour.
City Ham
Let sit 1/2 hour before serving.
City Ham

We served the ham with biscuits, mashed sweet potatoes & beans.
Now we've got a ham hock just calling out to make soup!


Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I have a ham in the fridge and I would love to try the coating. It sounds great. Happy New year!

Beth (jamandcream) said...

The ginger snaps sound like an amazing addition. Its making me hungry just looking at it!

Lori said...

It does sound weird but I can see where the flavors wouldmake one tastey ham. I am so jealous of tha home bone. What are you going to make with it. I guess I will have to stay tuned!

Anonymous said...

You've convinced me to give this recipe another try. I attempted it back at Easter last year and the ham came out dry...I know I must have done something wrong. Yours looks so juicy and inviting, I've got to try it again!

Thistlemoon said...

Wow, that sounds good. I don't like ham, but I would try it again if I could have a bite of this!

gaga said...

I saw this on Good Eats and really wanted to try it too. Yours looks like it turned out great!

Maris said...

This sounds so simple and tasty! I've always strayed from recipes for hams or roasts because they seem complicated but I think I can do this! :)

Erica said...

Oh, I remember that episode of Good Eats! I'm glad to know it turned out so well for you. I'll have to find an excuse to make it...maybe for Andrew's birthday "meat-a-palooza" at the end of the month.

test it comm said...

That ham looks good!

grace said...

i've never heard of city ham. country ham, yes. city ham, nope. it sounds terrific, though--brown sugar, mustard, and ginger snaps must make a glorious combination!

Peter M said...

Kat, you've renewed my interest in cooking up a big ham...she's a looker.

Anonymous said...

One of my friends made this ham for Christmas and it was SO GOOD.

... Excuse me, I think I might be drooling a little bit.

Deborah said...

I made a ham for Easter last year, and loved the recipe, but I just might have to try this one this year!

E said...

I've been making this version of ham ever since I saw the episode. It is bar far the best recipe, and it always turns out great!

Anonymous said...

That sounds and looks absolutely wonderful. I so love a baked ham, so I'll be trying this for certain. Thanks, Kat!

pigpigscorner said...

Looks so juicy and delicious! Saw this episode too and have been dying to try this.

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

What I like most about hams is the crispy, sweet, exterior and this sounds like it would be manna to me! Unusual ingredients but it turned out delicious, so who's to argue?

(I once picked a ham clean of this "skin". LOL)

Alicia Foodycat said...

That looks so succulent!

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