Country Ham

A country ham is a beautiful thing! Depending on where they come from, country hams are smoked or salt-cured. Both are improved by soaking.

Serves: 24Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 9 hours 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 24


  • 1 bone-in country ham (10 lbs.)
  • 10 bay leaves
  • 1 lb. plus 1⁄2 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 20 whole cloves, bruised
  • 25 peppercorns, bruised
  • 10 coriander seeds, bruised
  • 2 Tbsp. dark mustard
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 1⁄2 cups apple cider


  • Prepare the ham by removing the skin and most of the fat, leaving 1⁄4-inch layer of fat.
  • Place the ham in a large container and add water to cover it. Add the bay leaves, 1 pound brown sugar, cloves, peppercorns, and coriander seeds; soak for 30 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. Pat the ham dry and place it in a roasting pan. Mix the rest of the brown sugar with the mustard and powdered cloves; spread the mixture on the ham.
  • Bake for 3 1⁄2 hours, basting with the apple cider.