Does anything say Christmas day like a sweet, classic baked ham? This recipe delivers a wonderful taste and a beautiful presentation. Don't worry, there will plenty of leftovers!
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins
Yield: 20 servings
1 (12 pound) bone-in ham
½ cup whole cloves
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple rings in heavy syrup
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
Place ham in a roasting pan. Score the rind of the ham with a diamond pattern. Press a clove into the center of each diamond. Drain the juice from the pineapple rings into a medium bowl, and stir in the brown sugar and lemon-lime soda. Coat the ham with this mixture. Arrange the pineapple rings over the outside of the ham. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring, and secure with a toothpick.
Bake uncovered for 4 to 5 hours, basting frequently with the juices, until the internal temperature of the ham is 160 degrees F (72 degrees C). Be sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone. Remove toothpicks before serving.