How to Make a Ham in a Nesco Roaster

The NESCO Roaster is a cooking appliance often seen on late night infomercials. If you have one of these in your home, you know that it allows you to almost effortlessly prepare delicious meals for your family. Large cuts of meat that would require hours in a conventional oven that heats the entire house can be made without the excess heat. Whether it is for Christmas dinner or just a Sunday dinner, you can make a ham in your NESCO roaster.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 (3- or 4-lb.) boneless fully cooked ham

  • 1 1/2 cups water (divided)

  • 10 whole cloves

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1/4 tsp. dried mustard

  • 1 (10-oz) can pineapple rings in juice (optional)

  • Toothpicks

  • Basting brush

  • Maraschino cherries for garnish (optional)

  • Meat thermometer

Step 1

Stick the cloves into the surface of the ham so that they are evenly spaced. These will provide additional flavor to the ham as it cooks.

Step 2

Put the clove-studded ham onto the rack in the NESCO roaster. Pour 1 cup of water over the ham.

Step 3

Turn the roaster to 325 degrees, cover the ham and cook for 1 hour.

Step 4

Combine the honey, brown sugar and dry mustard in a bowl. Use the basting brush to cover the outside of the ham with this mixture.

Step 5

Attach the pineapple rings to the outside of the ham with toothpicks. Add maraschino cherries if desired to the centers of the pineapple rings.

Step 6

Pour an additional 1/2 cup of water over the ham. Turn the heat up to 350 degrees and cook, covered for 30 minutes.

Step 7

Insert the meat thermometer into the center of the ham at the thickest part. If it registers at least 140 degrees, the ham is finished.

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