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Great Country Ham Recipes to Bring to Your Table

October 18th, 2012 Cooking

As the weather cools and the grill's put away until next year, you might start focusing your culinary efforts on foods that can be prepared indoors. Gone are the summer days of burgers and hot dogs, and in comes a selection of meats that can be cooked in the oven. One delicious option that's sure to satisfy your taste buds and fill your home with pleasant aromas is country ham. Here are some great recipes that are sure to complement the autumn season.

Doctor Pepper's Orders
This sweet and sour mixture may have some unorthodox ingredients, but its succulent taste is sure to put any doubts to rest. Start out by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it reaches the proper temperature, put your meat in a large pan (make sure it has tall sides). Pour in Dr. Pepper until it fills up nearly half the pan. If you're not partial to Dr. Pepper, substitute another soda like root beer, ginger ale or Moxie. Add 1 cup of sweet pickle juice to the pan as well and coat the ham in the liquid.

Place aluminum foil over the top of the pan and cook for half an hour. Then bring the heat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook for an additional three hours, but flip the ham over after ninety minutes. You'll know it's done when the middle of the ham is 140 degrees Fahrenheit. You can periodically test the ham or just leave in an oven-safe thermometer.

Boiled Kentucky Country Ham
This recipe is sure to bring some down-home flavor to your plate, and its easy preparation is perfect for lazy Sunday mornings. Put the ham in a large cooking pan and add enough water so that the ham is submerged. Add in 1 cup of brown sugar or molasses (or a little bit of both!) and ½ cup of cider vinegar. Feel free to experiment with your own sweeteners, like maple syrup or agave nectar. Raise the oven's heat so the water boils, then immediately decrease the temperature and let the ham simmer until its temperature is 170 degrees. A good indicator that the meat's done is when the bones can be pulled from it with little to no effort. Turn off the heat and let the ham cool. Once you can touch it with your hand, take it out of the pan, remove the skin and cover it with black pepper. Put it back in the oven and turn it up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Check on the meat every 15 minutes - once it has a golden brown hue, you can take it out and indulge!

Irish Country Ham
This Irish Country Ham recipe has influences from across the Atlantic, making it great for any occasion, whether it's St. Patrick's Day or a potluck. Place the meat in large pan along with 1 cup of sugar, three garlic cloves, four bay leaves and two large onions. Keep an oven-safe thermometer stuck in the ham throughout the cooking process - stick it in a spot that reaches the farthest into the center of the meat. Add enough water so that half of the ham is submerged.

Turn the heat up on the oven - the thermometer should read 170 degrees during the simmering process. The ham should simmer for about 20 minutes for every pound of meat, so you may want to weigh your ham before placing it in the pot.

Take the ham out when it's done and sprinkle brown sugar on it. Put the ham back in the oven (preheated at 375 degrees Fahrenheit) and cook until the sugar is melted, but not burnt.