Christmas Ham Glazing Techniques

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Learn expert advice and techniques on how to glaze a baked Christmas ham in this free holiday recipe video on cooking a Christmas ham.

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Okay, here we are with our sufficiently relaxed piece of ham. You can see what's happened as it cooked is a lot of the ham pulled back from the bone. And what happened is you melted a lot of the fat inside which is the reason the cooking time was so long. You can also see that I already nibbled a bit off right here cause it was, really it fell off. It looked delicious. Now you can see on the back side, we're still going to have some of the fat back here. You can take a second just to, this will pretty much just come right off. You want to take a knife to it and pull it off or you can just use your hand like I'm using right now. You can also sit there and take a fork or something and scrape it off. If you look over here, there's a whole lot more, so you can just grab this like that. Some people like this part though and if you're one of those people, like me, you wouldn't dare remove all of the skin and fat off the ham. You want to leave it on there and from this point you have a couple of options. You can let your ham cool. You can do the whole pineapple glaze thing which I think is a little gross but that is a personal preference. You can also do the brown sugar thing which is basically you take a couple of ways to do it. One way is you can take it and rub it lightly with honey and then stick the brown sugar over the outside and then throw it in the oven till the brown sugar melts. When you do that though make sure you put a cup of hot water in the bottom of the pan because if the brown sugar slides off the ham and hits the bottom of the pan and it'll start to burn unless there's water down there. Another popular option is you can take and it's a real southern thing. You take and you smear a very thin layer of Dijon mustard all over the outside of the ham and then you put brown sugar over that and then you put it in the oven too. Same rules apply. A little water in the bottom to keep the brown sugar from burning in the bottom. Something else you can do is, you can, I've also seen it done where you cover it you basically put a can of soda, cola flavored soda, not like lemon-lime cause that would be kind of gross. You put this in a pan and you put that in the bottom, you put the lid on top and you cook it for a while and it is supposed to infuse it with flavor. One of my favorites is you just take a couple of cups of water and bring it to a boil. Throw about a cup and a half or two cups of brown sugar in there and make like a syrup out of it. Throw in a cinnamon stick and some cloves, let it come to a nice thick where it's almost like a coating. And then just drizzle that over the top of the ham. That's actually what I'm going to show you next. So we'll do that real quick to this ham and we will move right along.

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