Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Total Time
11 Hours 45 Mins
Serves 16 (serving size: 3 ounces ham)

Fresh ham is different from the cured ham you may be used to. It's juicy, full of rich pork flavor, and much less salty—a wonderful special-occasion roast. Serve with Brussels sprouts and mashed sweet potatoes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a small bowl. Score outside of ham in a diamond pattern; rub with spice mixture. Cover and chill overnight.

Step 2

Remove the ham from refrigerator; let stand at room temperature 1 hour.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 4

Arrange ham, fat side up, on rack of a roasting pan coated with cooking spray, and place rack in pan. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° (do not remove ham from oven); bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours.

Step 5

Combine maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and butter. Turn ham, fat side down. Bake an additional 40 minutes, basting with syrup mixture every 20 minutes. Turn ham again. Baste with the remaining syrup mixture, and bake an additional 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted close to bone registers 145°. Let stand for 20 minutes; remove excess fat, and slice.

Ratings & Reviews

Inatay02's Review

January 31, 2012
So good!!!! This recipe was so great! The mustard and syrup baste was perfect over the combination of spices. Instead of using an entire large ham, my local grocery store sells smaller individual pork shanks weighing about .75 lb each, which was better for cooking for only 2 people. I reduced the oven temp. to 350 degrees and basted very 15 min. Total cooking time about 1 hour. It turned out perfect! Will definitely making this again.