A shiny, crispy-edged glazed ham is an iconic holiday centerpiece second only, perhaps, to roast turkey. This easy, holiday-ready recipe yields a crunchy, sweet crust and juicy interior—all you need to worry about is getting the best-quality smoked, bone-in ham you can find and that fits the budget (seek out a good butcher or meat counter at a market or grocery store you trust). There aren’t many ingredients in this recipe, so be sure to buy a good ham for the best results.
Note that leaving just enough fat on the ham is important for the perfect crunchy crust–to–juicy meat ratio—too much fat and your caramelized crust becomes a flabby mess; too little and your ham has dry spots. So take care when trimming.
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