Partially Cooked Bone In Ham



  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven.
  2. Allow 20 minutes per pound when calculating how long to bake the ham. For example, if the ham weighs 6 pounds, the cooking time would be 2 hours.
  3. Place the ham in a shallow roasting pan.
  4. With the tip of a sharp knife, score the top of the ham from left to right and then right to left to make a crosshatch (diamond) pattern. This will give the ham a crisp crust.
  5. Using a toothpick, make a hole in the center of each diamond of the crosshatch and insert a whole clove.
  6. Once you have determined your baking time, plan to brush on the glaze for baked ham 45 minutes before the ham is finished baking.
  7. A partially cooked ham is done when the a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat reads 160°.
  8. When the ham is done, remove from the oven to a platter, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Remember that the internal temperature of the meat will rise 5° while it is resting.
  10. Remove the whole cloves from the ham.
  11. Carve and serve.


Servings: Plan on 8-ounces of ham (½ pound) per person.

Half of a ham will range from 5 to 10 pounds.

A whole ham will range from 10 to 15 pounds.

Save the ham bone! The ham bone can be placed in a freezer bag and frozen to be used in a soup pot at a future date.

Saving the ham bone for a soup pot? Try my recipe for split pea with ham soup or Northern bean soup.

Click here for instructions on how to prepare a fully cooked bone in ham.

Click here for instructions on how to prepare a boneless ham.

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