Cooking a glazed ham is very straight forward. The vast majority of City Hams come fully pre-cooked. This means that you don’t have to worry about actually cooking the Ham, but reheating can be tricky (you don’t want the meat to dry out). The key, as my friend Daryl says, is “low and slow” to get an amazing, juicy glazed ham.
You can use your smoker or the oven. Follow the package instructions for details about temperature. Once the ham reaches an internal temperature of 100°F on an instant read thermometer, it is time for glazing. If you don’t want to use a thermometer, start glazing 10 minutes before serving. Try not to overcook or it will dry out.
One more thing about City Hams: When selecting a city ham, you want to look for one that’s labeled just “Ham” or “Ham with Natural Juices.” These contain the most protein and the least amount of added water, thus, you will get a more flavorful end product.
Check out this article on Serious Eats http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/12/the-food-lab-how-to-pick-and-cook-a-holiday-h.html
- 1 good-quality ham
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup pineapple juice
- ⅓ cup bourbon
- 6 tablespoons Molli Acapulco marinade
- Pineapple slices
- Extra Acapulco marinade
Begin cooking/reheating ham according to package directions.
Meanwhile, combine brown sugar, pineapple juice, bourbon, and Molli Acapulco marinade in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower heat to maintain a simmer. Let cook approximately 10-15 minutes, until reduced by about half and it has a thick consistency. Remove from heat and set aside.
About 10 minutes before the ham is completed cooking, brush on a generous coating of glaze.
Reserve remaining glaze to serve along with ham.
Slice the pineapples and brush Acapulco marinade on both sides. Preheat the grill on high heat, and lightly oil grate.
Grill pineapple slices for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until heated through and grill marks appear.
Serve ham with pineapple slices on the side. Provecho!
There's an extensive ham primer on Serious Eats, if you have never cooked a ham. It might be helpful to read in advance.