Baked Ham — Alton Brown

Posted by DmentD | Recipes | Sunday 9 September 2001 12:00 am

1 city style (brined) ham, hock end *
¼ C brown mustard
2 C dark brown sugar
1 OZ bourbon (poured into a spritz bottle)
2 C crushed ginger snap cookies

Temperature: 250

Remove ham from the bag, rinse and drain thoroughly.  Place ham, cut side down, in a roasting pan.  Using a small paring knife, or clean utility knife set to the smallest blade setting, score the ham from bottom to top, spiraling clockwise as you cut (if you're using a paring knife, be careful to only cut through the skin and first few layers of fat).  Rotate the ham after each cut so that the scores are no more than 2-inches across.  Once you've made it all the way around, move the knife to the other hand and repeat, spiraling counter clockwise.  The aim is to create a diamond pattern all over the ham (don't worry too much about precision here).

Tent the ham with heavy duty foil, insert a thermometer, and cook for 3 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature at the deepest part of the meat registers 130°F.  Remove and use tongs to pull away the diamonds of skin and any sheets of fat that come off with them.

Heat oven to 350°F.

Dab dry with paper towels, then brush on a liberal coat of mustard, using either a basting brush or a clean paint brush (clean as in never-touched paint).  Sprinkle on the brown sugar, packing loosely as you go until the ham is coated.  Spritz this layer lightly with bourbon, then loosely pack on as much of the crushed cookies as you can.

Insert the thermometer (don't use the old hole) and return to the oven uncovered.  Cook until interior temperature reaches 140°F — approximately 1 hour.

Let the roast rest for ½ hour before carving.

* NOTE: A city ham is basically any brined ham that's packed in a plastic bag, held in a refrigerated case and marked "ready to cook", "partially cooked" or "ready to serve".  Better city hams are also labeled "ham in natural juices".

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