Ginger Smoked Ham
1 (15 lbs) smoked fully cooked bone-in-ham
42 crystallized ginger pieces (¼ x ⅛ in)
1 ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
¾ cup ginger ale
½ cup whole-grain mustard
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp chop fresh thyme
Preheat the oven to 325° F. Remove the skin and excess nd excess fat from the ham. Make shallow cuts in the fat 1 inch apart in a diamond patterns. Make a small slit in the center of each diamond. Insert ginger pieces into the slots.
Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. Pour water into the roasting pan. To a depth of ¼ inch.
Cover the top of a ham loosely with aluminum foil. Bake at 325°F for 2 hours and 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion, not touching bone, registers 135°F. Remove ham from the oven.
Increase the oven temperature to 425°F.
Stir together the brown sugar with ginger ale,mustard, vinegar and thyme..
Brush 1 cup of sugar mixture over the ham. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until glazed and brown. Basting every 10 minutes with the remaining brown sugar mixture.
Let stand 10 minutes before carving.