Ginger Beer Cooked Ham

Ginger Beer Cooked Ham

Give your ham a ginger kick with this sticky, succulent ham recipe. Cooking it in the best quality, fiery ginger beer infuses maximum flavour into the ham. 

Serves: 25 Cooking time: 4hr 30 minutes Prep time: 30 minutes

DukesHill 5.5kg whole boneless uncooked Wiltshire ham

4 litres of our Hot Ginger Beer

1 onion, peeled and quartered

2 carrots, peeled and roughly sliced

1 tbsp allspice berries

1sp cloves

1 tsp black peppercorns

For the glaze

550ml Hot Ginger Beer

200g light brown sugar

1sp English mustard

1 tsp ground cloves


Put the ham in a large stock pot and add the onions, carrots and spices. Pour over the hot ginger beer and top it up with enough water to cover the ham. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer until the ham reaches a core temperature of 75c when probed with a meat thermometer - for a 5.5kg ham it will take approximately 4 hours. Skim the scum off the surface from time to time. When it’s cooked and cool enough to handle, slice the skin off the top of the ham and score a diamond pattern into the fat. Allow to cool before glazing.

Preheat the oven to 190c. 

In a small saucepan, whisk together the glaze ingredients and bring to the boil. Allow the glaze to simmer until it has reduced down by two thirds, stirring occasionally. It should become a sticky syrup consistency. Use a basting brush to coat the glaze generously over the ham, before placing on a baking tray. Roast for 25 minutes but baste occasionally, using the glaze from the tray. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing.

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