Spice-Rubbed Ham Recipe
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Spice-Rubbed Ham Recipe

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Now THIS is a ham—sweet and smoky, with just enough clove and ginger flavor to let you know you're in for a holiday treat. —Sharon Tipton, Winter Garden, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 3-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 3-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 fully cooked semi-boneless ham (8 to 10 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Whole cloves

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked ham: 139 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 858mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat.


  1. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Score the surface of the ham, making diamond shapes 1/2 in. deep. Combine the mustard, brown sugar, ginger and cinnamon; rub over surface of ham. Insert a clove in each diamond.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1-1/2 hours. Cover and bake 1-3/4 to 2 hours longer or until a meat thermometer reads 140°. Cover loosely with foil if ham browns too quickly. Discard cloves. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 24 servings.
Originally published as Spice-Rubbed Ham in Healthy Cooking December/January 2012, p91

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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