How to Cook a Ham

Ham Cooking Instructions to Follow

Burgers’ Smokehouse shows how simple cooking hams can be. Our uncooked hams are cured and aged without shortcuts to provide the best-quality traditional American hams. This 2-minute video shows a simple recipe and techniques for how to cook a ham in the oven or roaster.

Ingredients for cooking ham


Ham glaze ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar


Steps to Bake a Ham

  1. Rinse the ham with warm water, removing any leftover cure or mold (this is an entirely natural and safe part of the aging process)
  2. Place in the roasting pan or oven, skin side up.
  3. Add water to cover at least 2/3 of the ham. Leave 2 inches from the top to avoid overflows during cooking or handling
  4. Add one cup of sorghum, honey, or brown sugar
  5. Insert a meat thermometer and cover the roaster
  6. Bake at 250° until the meat thermometer reads °155
  7. Allow to cool in the liquid until safe to handle
  8. Trim skin and excess fat


Steps to Glaze Ham

  1. Mix brown sugar and vinegar into a thick paste
  2. Apply to the fat side of the ham in an even layer
  3. Bake uncovered at 400° for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown, watching closely to avoid burning


No meat thermometer?

Bake ham at 250° for 20 minutes per pound


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