Christmas Recipes: Jamaican Ham with Sweet N’ Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce Glaze

It is hard to believe that it is officially Christmas week again. The time just seems to be flying like  crazy, we will soon be here writing a 2015 Christmas article. However, lets not talk about things which we can’t control, but what we do have control over. The food we eat during the season. Today we give you a great recipe that should be smacked right in the middle of your dinner table, a succulent Sweet N’ Spicy Ham. Check out the recipe below.

Difficulty: Fairly difficult

Preparation time: 15m

Cooking time: 4h 40m

Waiting time: 15m


For 5 Servings

  • 1 whole 6.36 kg. (14 lbs) Ham
  • 2 sheet(s) Aluminium Foil
  • 4 cup(s) water
  • 1 can(s) Pineapple slices
  • 1/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) crushed ginger
  • 24 clove(s)
  • 1 bottle(s) Sweet n Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 12 whole cherries

Jamaican Ham With Sweet N’ Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce Glaze Directions

 Remove ham from the freezer and wrap in news paper. Thaw in the bottom of the refrigerator for 24-36 hours.

Remove casing from ham and pat dry using a clean kitchen towel.  Place two overlapping sheets of aluminium foil on work surface and use to wrap ham. Use additional aluminium foil to cover ham completely, if necessary.

Fit a rack over the roasting pan, place ham on the rack, ensuring that the fat side of the ham faces upwards; then pour water into the roasting pan. The water should NOT touch the ham.

Bake ham in a pre-heated oven at 180°C (350°F), allowing 20 minutes per pound. Replenish water if necessary.

Remove ham from the oven and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes. Ham is fully baked when the skin peels off easily.

Drain liquid from the can of pineapple slices and put it to boil with the sugar, ginger and about 8 cloves. Boil until the mixture becomes syrupy. Remove from flame and add the pineapple slices to the mixture, toss and set aside.

To decorate the ham: Peel off the skin. Use a sharp knife to make diagonal slits in the ham and then stud with remaining cloves. Pour Sweet N’ Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce over the surface of the ham and spread evenly using a pastry brush.  Return to the oven and bake for a further 10-15 minutes or until a golden brown colour is achieved. Remove ham from the oven.

Arrange pineapple slices over the surface of the ham and secure each with toothpicks. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice.

PREPARATION NOTE: (1) Thawing time will depend on the size of the ham. (2) The size of the roasting pan will dictate the amount of water used. (3) The size of the ham will determine the total baking time.

How to calculate baking time:
6.36 kg x 2.2046 = 14 lbs
14 lbs divided by 3 = 4.67 hours    OR   14 lbs x 20 minutes per pound = 280 minutes divided by 60 minutes = 4.67 hours.
.67 hours x 60 = 40 minutes

Total Baking Time
: 4 hours 40 minutes

Approx. 50 slices


What do you think about this dish, have you ever tried it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

via Grace Foods

Image Credit: Jamaica Gleaner



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