Across our nation, families are gearing up to celebrate Easter, serving up the most likely main meat choice of, none other than, ham. I don’t know how this tradition came to be, but it seems to be a very common one throughout the U.S. Many a family will also most likely purchase a pre-glazed or even a rather expensive honey baked ham from any number of markets.
I myself enjoy a good honey baked ham but in an effort to make everything I consume as healthy as possible, I decided to come up with my own recipe for honey baked ham. If I am gonna sweeten up my meat, I prefer to do it with the most natural sweeteners possible. It’s super simple to do, and you really can’t go wrong with trying it at home yourself. I mean we are talking sweet pork here people, who doesn’t love that?!!
Getting your hands on pastured ham is ideal, as commercial pork is not fed a healthy diet at all. If you can’t get pastured, try to get a ham that has not been fed antibiotics or injected with hormones. I purchase my pork twice a year in bulk by buying a half hog from a local farm. (Learn more about how to choose the healthiest meats).
- 1- 5 to 7 pound pasture raised organic ham, no nitrates added
- ½ cup local honey
- ½ cup cultured butter, ghee, or coconut oil
- ½ cup organic freshly squeezed orange juice
- Cloves, about ½ cup
- Stud the entire ham with the cloves if desired. Place ham cut side down in a roasting pan.
- In a small saucepan, bring to simmer the butter, honey, and orange juice. Simmer until thickened and bubbly.
- Brush the mixture over the entire ham and bake at 375 for one hour (a thermometer inserted should read 140).
- Turn on the broiler and let the outside of the ham caramelize for several minutes.
- Remove from oven, let sit for about 10 minutes.
- Remove juices from pan and strain into a small pitcher or bowl to drizzle over the ham.
- Slice and serve.
Have you tried making homemade honey baked ham? Share in the comments.
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