What is the best meat to serve at your Christmas dinner? Well, ham of course…at least this is the meat-of-choice in my family. We LOVE ham, but it has to be a certain kind of ham and baked right! And of course, the drippings make the best gravy around!
When I first was married nearly 35 years ago (gasp! Has it really been that long?!), my husband’s grandmother pulled me aside and gave me great advice. She said to always buy a ham and cook with the bone in. It makes for the best ham, and the best drippings, which are used for gravy. And she was right! And that is what I have done for all of these years.
Here is my simple, never-fail recipe for our Christmas Ham! I put mine in the crock pot. Easiest Christmas main dish ever! Enjoy!
- 12 pounds ham (rump portion)
- 1/2 cup whole cloves
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar (packed)
- 1/2 cup water (or as needed)
Rinse ham and cut off any extra fat portions. Push whole cloves on entire outside of ham at 1-to-2-inch intervals. Add ham to crock pot. Mix water and sugar to make a paste. Add more water as necessary. Pour water sugar mixture over ham. Cover crock with lid and bake 8-10 hours on low, or 6 hours high.
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