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Smoky Glazed Ham with Red Pepper Jelly

Photo: John Kernick
Active time 1 hr, 20 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 30 mins
Yield 8 to 10
Chef Jonathon Sawyer's secret to a successful holiday feast is doing most of his preparation ahead of time, for what he calls "easy game-day execution." He makes the sauce that becomes a sweet-sticky glaze and the spicy pepper jelly a few days in advance; then, on Christmas day, all he has to do is bake the ham.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups cola, preferably GuS Dry Cola
  • 1 1/2 cups Pinot Noir or other dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat honey or other dark honey
  • 1/4 red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 5 (small) dried red chiles
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 bone-in smoked ham
  • Red Pepper Jelly, for serving

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the stock, water, cola, wine, sugar, honey, vinegar, onion, ginger, carrot and chiles to a boil. Simmer over moderately high heat for 20 minutes. Add the coriander and fennel seeds and peppercorns and simmer until reduced to 4 1/2 cups, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°. Set the ham skin side up in a 12-by-15-inch roasting pan and pour half of the sauce on top. Roast the ham for 1 hour, basting with the sauce in the pan every 15 minutes.

  3. Pour the remaining sauce over the ham and roast for about 1 hour and 30 minutes longer, basting the ham every 15 minutes, until glazed and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 120°. Transfer the ham to a carving board and let rest for 15 minutes. Discard the skin from the ham before slicing. Serve the ham with the Red Pepper Jelly.