Bone-In Baked Ham Recipe

Bone-In Baked Ham Recipe

Why Sam I Am changed his mind about ham…

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Bone-in-Ham and Ham Sauce

When it is time to start learning how to do the traditional holiday meals on your own, it can be intimidating!  So what do you do?  Call your mom, of course!  That is how I found out that a ham really isn’t hard.  It is easy, but you will be completely missing out if you don’t try making it like my mom and grandma.  This recipe turns a regular old ham into something you will be asked to make again and again. Bone-In Baked Ham Recipe.  Yum.

I talked my mom into teaching you what she taught me.  What better way to learn how to do it than from the pro herself!  I also roped my dad into taking photos of it since they don’t live by me – he did a great job, right?  Take it away mom (and just so you know, she is a cooking GENIUS and I’m not just saying that cause she’s my mom:):

“My name is Pam and I am a copy-recipe-a-holic!”

 I recently was asked to do a food demonstration.  My friend, Mary, who has had lots of my  “foodie” creations in the past, said, “Ooh, make that ham and ham sauce!”

So I brought my bulging categorized hanging file of recipes I’ve copied from Food Network and food websites to the demonstration.  Then I explained that with all of those tantalizing recipes, I was going to demonstrate “tried and true” ones – BONE-IN HAM AND GRANDMA’S HAM SAUCE.  I learned them from my mother-in-law and have been making them for special occasions for years.


Bone-In Baked Ham Recipe 

6 – 8 lb. bone-in ham (ask butcher if you don’t see it)

1 cup (approximately) orange juice

2 cups (approximately) lemon-lime soda

1 cup of brown sugar

½ cup white vinegar

1 teaspoon of dry mustard

1 teaspoon of ginger

Stir together ingredients in roaster pan with a lid.

Place ham, fat side up, in roaster pan, and baste the juicy mixture over the ham.

Bone-In Baked Ham Recipe

Cover and bake at 300 degrees for about ½ hour per pound (it’s not exact, and at the low heat, it’s hard to mess up but the key is LOW and SLOW!) Baste occasionally with the juices at the bottom of the pan.

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 In medium saucepan beat together with a fork:easter ham tips

1 egg

5 Tablespoons water

5 Tablespoons vinegar

 Then add:

 ¼ cup sugar

1 Tablespoon of flour

1 Tablespoon of dry mustard

¼ teaspoon (or to taste) celery seed

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Cook and stir on LOW heat until mixture thickens.

Cool completely to room temperature, covering with saucepan lid.

Whip ½ cup whipping cream

When cool, fold in whipped cream.easter ham tips

 Chill and serve with ham.

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This sauce MAKES the ham!  You HAVE to try it!  Try it and you may, try it and you may I say.

Thanks mom and grandma!  I hope this recipe makes your holiday meal extra special!

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Merry Christmas!


Don’t make your ham until you read this…

Don’t make your ham until you read this…


  • 6 – 8 lb. bone-in ham (ask butcher if you don’t see it)
  • 1 cup (approximately) orange juice
  • 2 cups (approximately) lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • Sauce: 1 egg
  • 5 Tablespoons water
  • 5 Tablespoons vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon (or to taste) celery seed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream


  1. Stir together first 6 ingredients (other than the ham) in a roaster pan with a lid
  2. Place ham, fat side up, in roaster pan, and baste the juicy mixture over the ham.
  3. Cover and bake at 300 degrees for about ½ hour per pound (it’s not exact, and at the low heat, it’s hard to mess up but the key is LOW and SLOW!) Baste occasionally with the juices at the bottom of the pan.
  4. Beat together sauce ingredients (except whipping cream) and cook and stir on LOW heat until mixture thickens.
  5. Cool completely to room temperature, covering with saucepan lid.
  6. Whip ½ cup whipping cream
  7. When cool, fold in whipped cream.
  8. Chill and serve with ham.

Bone-In Baked Ham Recipe

    1. December 20th, 2010 at 11:30 am
      alysha says:
      Mmmmm I'm trying to stop myself from drooling on my keyboard! I'm really going to try this since! (Something I don't attempt to do very often...ham sorda intimidates me.)

      P.S. Thank your mom for us and your dad did such a great job with the pics!
    2. December 20th, 2010 at 12:52 pm
      Jamie M. says:
      YUMMY!! I am making Ham on Friday so I may just give this a try.
    3. December 20th, 2010 at 2:12 pm
      Joan Morris says:
      Looks sooo yummy! I can't wait to try it. Thanks!
    4. December 20th, 2010 at 4:54 pm
      Mindy says:
      I can attest to how delicious this ham and sauce are!!! My husband begs me to make it. Way to go Mom looks amazing as usual.
    5. December 20th, 2010 at 5:21 pm
      Ann says:
      This looks yummy! I don't have a roasting pan -- do you think this would with a crock pot?
      • November 14th, 2011 at 5:53 pm
        Tesla says:
        I have the same question!!
        • November 15th, 2011 at 12:57 am
          Missy says:
          I would think it would work because the key is to cook it slowly on low heat, which a crock pot does, on low of course. If you try it, let us know if it works!
          • March 29th, 2013 at 4:12 pm
            Allison says:
            Yes, I make my ham in the crock-pot all of the time. (I prefer low heat but I have done high in a hurry too.) It is fail proof and I can leave it if I go out which is nice. One question though, what is ham sauce? It sounds fun, but is it used like gravy? Sounds yummy!
    6. December 20th, 2010 at 6:42 pm
      Mama Kelly aka Jia says:
      That ham sauce looks just wonderful! I usually make raisin gravy for our Christmas Ham but this makes me want to break tradition.
    7. December 20th, 2010 at 9:31 pm
      stacy says:
      I just made this ham and ham sauce for our Christmas party and everyone LOVED it! It is so easy and so delicious! I promise!!! Thanks for the step by step and great photos!
    8. December 20th, 2010 at 11:33 pm
      Arliss says:
      Wow. This looks awesome. I LOVE ham! I also am a "copy-recipe-a-holic" so I look forward to trying this one. My husband likes ham...but tries to avoid it. He always prefers turkey....Ugh....not turkey again! So I'm hoping the ham sauce will "entice" him to let me make this a Christmas holiday tradition. Thanks and Merry Christmas.
    9. December 21st, 2010 at 10:05 am
      Kay says:
      I LOVE this recipe! It is so good! I now feel like why have ham if you don't have this sauce? This post is making me rethink my Christmas dinner plans. Nice photos, too!
    10. December 21st, 2010 at 6:00 pm
      Julia says:
      Looks yummy! Do you think it could be done in a slow cooker?
    11. December 21st, 2010 at 7:18 pm
      Marie says:
      I don't know if I'll ever be able to make ham differently than my Grandma's recipe. Just thought I'd share it since it is so simple.

      1 small jar of Apricot/pineapple jam
      1/2 cup of orange juice
      1/2 cup of brown sugar
      2/3 Tablespoon of Dijon mustard

      In a sauce pan, combine the above ingredients on medium low heat.

      In a seperate bowl, combine 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons of corn starch and add to the sauce pan to make the syrup thick.

      Boil to make syrup.

      Cut Rine off ham
      Pour syrup over ham. Cover with foil and cook ham according to the package directions.
    12. December 21st, 2010 at 10:39 pm
      Erin says:
      OH MY GOSHHHHH! This looks DIVINE! I am allergic to turkey and am always looking for ways to "shake up" boring old traditional ham. Gonna try this recipe!

      Merry Christmas!
    13. December 22nd, 2010 at 7:11 am
      Debi says:
      The ham looks yummy, but I can't help noticing the MacKenzie-Childs in the photo. Now, I'm dying to see the rest of your kitchen!
    14. December 23rd, 2010 at 9:35 am
      Patty Mickelsen says:
      I am going to make that yummy sauce for our Holiday dinner!
    15. December 24th, 2010 at 12:38 pm
      Krystal says:
      Yummmm!!! I love ham! I'm featuring this post on my blog today if you'd like to check it out.
    16. December 27th, 2010 at 12:23 am
      Julie L says:
      Well you were right, tell your mama and grandma - THANK YOU. This was the best ham I ever made. Thank you
    17. March 28th, 2011 at 9:20 pm
      Tracey Marzich says:
      What would you recommend making for Easter that is outside the traditional fare, especially for the main course. Would it just be wrong to make duck? Someone said no way to rabbit and I would agree! Okay I was trying to be funny there-never have made rabbit and probably won't.

    18. March 31st, 2011 at 5:55 pm
      Cindy Gabrielsen says:
      I just now read this ham recipe...I'm feeling lucky 'cause it's just I. Time for Easter ham! Yummy sounding ham sauce. Cindy Gabe
    19. April 1st, 2011 at 10:49 pm
      Ami says:
      This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it!
    20. April 25th, 2011 at 7:54 am
      Camilla says:
      made this yesterday and it was really delicious. i was worried about the ham sauce but i it was really good!!
    21. December 21st, 2011 at 1:00 pm
      Janeal says:
      Tried this last year and I am back to get the recipe to make it again. It was fabulous!!!!
    22. April 2nd, 2012 at 10:39 am
      Pam says:
      Does this recipe work with a spiral cut ham from Costco?
      • April 2nd, 2012 at 11:56 am
        Missy says:
        Yes. You could do it with any ham, but the bone-in ones tend to be more juicy and turn out fantastic when cooked this way!
    23. April 9th, 2012 at 8:20 pm
      Carol says:
      I cooked my ham for Easter via this recipe and I thank you!!!
      Skipped the sauce, as I got lazy. Next time.
    24. November 3rd, 2012 at 1:38 pm
      Mista says:
      Wondering if this could be done in a CROCKPOT???
    25. November 25th, 2012 at 12:47 pm
      jennifer says:
      I made this for thanksgiving I was kinda nervous because I'd never seen anything like this... But it was the biggest hit at the table people came back for 3rd and 4ths of just ham and the ham sauce!!!! It was the best!!!! Thank you for sharing.
    26. March 17th, 2013 at 8:32 am
      Sally says:
      My mom's recipe is similar but she used dill pickle juice instead of vinegar and studded the ham with orange and pineapple slices, whole cloves and maraschino cherries. It wa a beautiful presentation as well as super delicious.
    27. March 29th, 2013 at 10:56 pm
      jrose says:
      I just took my ham out for Sunday when I read this I am going to try this sounds really good
      • March 29th, 2013 at 11:53 pm
        Shelley says:
        You will LOVE it. Promise! :)
    28. November 25th, 2013 at 1:08 am
      Angie D says:
      Is it possible to use something besides the soda? Like lime juice and carbonated water and honey?
    29. December 23rd, 2013 at 9:39 am
      Molly says:
      This ham sauce is amazing!!!!! Made it last year for Christmas and will surely be making it again this year. It's the perfect combo of creamy and zippy to pair with your ham....awesome on leftover ham sandwiches too,
    30. April 12th, 2014 at 12:10 am
      Jenn says:
      Does the sauce taste really mustard-y?
    31. April 18th, 2014 at 12:20 pm
      Denise says:
      How long with the ham sauce keep in the refrigerator? Could I make it the night before?
      • April 19th, 2014 at 6:12 pm
        Missy says:
    32. April 18th, 2014 at 4:48 pm
      Morgan says:
      I am not clear on the ham sauce - you serve it cold? Is it like a horseradish consistency and you dip your bites in it, rather than pouring it over the ham?
      • April 19th, 2014 at 6:11 pm
        Missy says:
        Yes, I suppose it is more of a dip than a sauce..
    33. April 20th, 2014 at 10:35 am
      Lezlie says:
      I am making the ham sauce right now, and I have been stirring for 15 minutes and it has only thickened the teensiest amount. Does it take a long time to thicken, or could I have done something wrong?
    34. November 2nd, 2014 at 9:32 am
      Shelly says:
      What kind of orange juice? Sweet or sour?
    35. November 19th, 2014 at 11:12 pm
      Maria says:
      When you make the whip cream, do you add sugar to make the cream?
    36. November 27th, 2014 at 6:31 am
      Kami says:
      This may sound ridiculous but.......what is whipping cream?? Is this the same as whipped cream that typically is placed on top of desserts? Obviously, I am a cooking novice but am working to change this. I appreciate any input. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving! :o)
      • November 27th, 2014 at 10:02 am
        Katie says:
        Whipping cream is a bit different than whipped cream. Whipping Cream usually comes in a carton (looks like a milk carton), it is thick cream and can be whipped by the baker to make it double in volume. Whipped cream is thick cream that has already been whipped.
    37. December 23rd, 2014 at 7:50 pm
      Hilary says:
      I'm making my first ham tomorrow for my boyfriend who is gluten free. Is there any advice on how to alter this for just a ham steak? He could never eat a whole ham, but I'm dying to try this recipe
    38. December 23rd, 2014 at 7:52 pm
      Hilary says:
      I'm making my first ham tomorrow for my boyfriend who is gluten free. I was wondering if there was any advice for how to cook this as just a ham steak. There's no way he could eat a whole ham and I'm dying to try this recipe!
    39. December 25th, 2014 at 1:49 am
      Flora says:
      Wow this recipe is amazing! I made my ham today and let me tell you everyone loved it! Several people asked me for the recipe so they can make it tomorrow. I'll never make a ham any other way! Thank you for the amazing recipe!
    40. March 24th, 2015 at 2:04 pm
      Jessica says:
      Can you make the sauce in advance?
      How large of a ham do you recommend for 10 people?
    41. April 3rd, 2015 at 1:28 pm
      Megan says:
      Thank you for posting this recipe!! I have made it several times now and get rave reviews, my guest keep going back for more Ham! Best Ham ever and love the Ham sauce too!
    42. October 12th, 2015 at 11:42 am
      Matt says:
      I am a man, I am making this now :)
      Intruded the website!!
    43. October 19th, 2015 at 10:55 am
      Dianna says:
      If you don't have a lidded roaster pan can you use one of those disposable aluminum pans and cover it tightly with foil and bake it in a regular oven at 300?
      • October 20th, 2015 at 8:31 pm
        Missy says:
        Yes I think that should work great!
    44. November 22nd, 2015 at 10:57 am
      Catelyn says:
      I really want to make this for thanksgiving but I can't find an uncooked ham anywhere... Is this an uncooked ham or a smoked ham ? Please advise thanks !
      • November 23rd, 2015 at 12:52 pm
        Katie says:
        It's a precooked smoked ham. Good luck!
      • November 23rd, 2015 at 3:38 pm
        Missy says:
        just make sure it still has the bone in it still - this makes a big difference
        • November 24th, 2015 at 5:06 pm
          Jeannette says:
          Why does it have to have the bone in? and does it have to be covered?
    45. January 12th, 2016 at 6:53 pm
      Megan says:
      I have to try this ham sauce. My grandmother always made one with sour cream, yellow mustard, and horseradish. It's delicious but this one sounds intriguing!
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