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Sweet Brown Sugar Baked Ham


  • 7-9 pound precooked bone-in ham - NOT sliced NOT spiral! Make sure it is bone-in. Mine was labeled butt. Shoulder or shank will work as well.
  • White distilled vinegar around 1-3 cups
  • Water
  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons ground dry mustard


  • Put the ham in a large pot and cover with 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar until the ham is covered by at least an inch or two of liquid. Bring to a boil and cook at a vigorous boil for 2 to 3 hours. You will know when it is done because it will shred easily and fall off the bone. Once the water is boiling, turn down the heat to medium Watch your temperature to make sure you keep it at a boil, but not splashing out of the pot. Take care to check the meat at two hours so you do not overcook the meat. If it does not shred easily, continue boiling.
  • After the meat is cooked, remove the ham from the pot. Dispose of the leftover water. Let the meat cool enough that you can handle it to shred it. The meat should fall off the bone. Throw out the fat and the bones. Spread half the meat in a 9X13 baking dish. Mix together the brown sugar and dry mustard. Scatter half of this mixture over the ham. Lay the rest of the ham on top and cover with the remaining brown sugar/ dry mustard mixture. cover the dish tightly with foil and bake at 325° for 1 hour. Remove from oven, take off the foil and mix all meat around until it is coated in the juices and brown sugar mixture. It is ready to serve. Enjoy!


You will smell vinegar when boiling this. I turned on my fan to cut down on the odor. You can also cook it outdoors on a camp stove to cut down on the odor. Trust me, it is worth it!
You can boil it a few days in advance and bake it on the day you will serve it, to save time.
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