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Easy and Delicious Glazed Ham Recipes

Updated on September 14, 2014

3 different ways to prepare a glazed ham for Easter, Christmas or any occasion

Cooking your first Christmas ham can seem daunting but really it is probably one of the easier traditional Christmas dishes and certainly the most impressive looking. It can make a great centerpiece for your celebration buffet or dinner.

The recipes here are simple and have the wow factor. Your family and friends will call you a genius and you are not likely to have tons of ham left over. Oh and I have got Curtis in to help with some video lessons so now you really can't go wrong!

Choosing the size of your ham - Curtis Stone helps work out just what size ham you need

This was the hardest thing for me to work out... what to buy. I have always bought a half ham and usually the bone or shank end cause I think it looks the best glazed and decorated on the table. If you are not planning to serve it this way you might consider the other end, known as the shoulder. The meat at this end can be more tender and it is easier to carve.

For beginners

First things first, how much ham will you need? It can be hard to work out how big a ham you should buy. Below is a guide for feeding a crowd. If you want leftovers, and let's face it would wouldn't, add a kilogram or two.

How much ham?

12 people = 5 kg ham

16 people = 7 kg ham

25 people = 9 kg ham

more than 25 people = you're mad!

Basic ham preparation for all the recipes here

The first thing you need to do to begin preparing your ham is to remove the rind. Do this by cutting a zig-zag shape around the top of the bone and then slipping your fingers underneath the rind and gently peeling it back. Try to keep the rind in once piece if you can because it is useful for covering the ham when storing it. Leave most of the fat on the ham as this stops the ham drying out during baking.

Score the fat in a diamond pattern - but don't cut right through it or the ham will be more likely to toughen during baking.

When you are ready to place the ham in the oven - I tend to use a disposable foil dish as I don't have a baking dish large enough and it does get pretty messy to clean - place some water in the bottom of the baking dish to stop the glaze from burning and smoking during cooking.

You are now ready to glaze your ham. Choose one of the recipes below and get cooking!

Macadamia and Pineapple Glazed Ham

My absolute favourite Christmas Ham recipe

I have made this one for the last 3 Christmases... It looks sensational and tastes amazing. This recipe should serve 16 adults - or less with some leftovers for Boxing Day :-)


7-8kg leg or shoulder of ham, on the bone

170g (1/2 cup) pineapple jam*

100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

300g macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped*


1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

2. Prepare ham following basic steps above.

3. Combine the jam, sugar and mustard in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until jam melts.

4. Using a pastry brush or a spoon cover the ham with half the jam glaze to evenly coat.

5. Place on a low shelf in the oven and bake for 30-50 minutes or until golden brown - keep watch this can happen quickly and nuts can burn if your oven is too hot!

6. Add the nuts to the remaining jam glaze and stir until well combined. Spoon the marmalade mixture over the ham, pressing the nuts firmly onto the ham to secure.

7. Return to the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes or until nuts are lightly toasted.

* You could use other nuts such as pine nuts or almonds if preferred and also substitute your favourite jam or marmalade.

If this is your first Christmas in charge of the cooking you might need this

Carving and storing your Christmas ham - with an Aussie accent

You will no doubt have some ham left over and that is not a problem in most houses as ham sandwiches are pretty popular for a couple of days at least. To keep your ham fresh it is best to put it in the fridge wrapped in a cotton or calico cloth. There are plenty of "Ham" bags for sale at this time of year that you can use or you could use an old pillowcase or tea towel. Just remember to make sure the whole ham is covered.

Your cloth should be soaked in a solution of 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar before use. Repeat this rinse every 2 days to get the maximum life from your ham.

Display your ham on a stand - to make it a centerpiece of your meal


Lime Glazed Ham


6kg cooked leg ham

6 large limes

whole cloves

2/3 cup lime marmalade

2 tablespoons apricot jam

2 teaspoons hot English mustard

1/4 cup honey


1. Prepare ham cover ham with foil, bake for 45 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius - less for fan forced.

2. Meanwhile prepare the glaze by combining all ingredients in a saucepan stirring over low heat until jams melt.

3. Remove foil, brush ham with half the lime glaze, bake another 20 mins.

4. Arrange lime slices on the ham and use a clove to secure each slice. Cover with the rest of the glaze and back for another 30 mins or until browned.

Bill Granger's Holiday

Among all the great recipes for entertaining in this book there is a hot and a cold christmas menu to follow. Simple, impressive looking dishes that taste great.

Asian Style Glazed Ham

Prepare ham for cooking using the basic instructions above. This recipe needs to be started the night before you plan to cook it.

Ingredients (serves 8)

1.7kg leg of ham

Star Anise

125ml soy sauce

1/2 cup (125ml) pure maple syrup

2 tbs char siu (Chinese barbecue) sauce

2-3 drops red liquid food colouring

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp five-spice powder


1. Prepare ham as described in basic preparation instructions above. In the centre of each of the diamonds place a star anise. Mix all remaining ingredients in a bowl until combined - Brush over the ham using only about 1/3 of the glaze - and refrigerate overnight

2. Remove from fridge -brush ham with some more glaze mix, then bake for 25 minutes or until golden

3. Check ham and brush with a little more glaze - ensure ham is browning evenly - if not place it back in the oven in a different direction.

4. Place the remaining soy sauce mixture in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes.

5. Brush over ham just before serving to improve the glaze.

Which half of the ham to buy?

The shank end is more attractive for serving but some say that the meat on the shoulder end is more tender meat

If you really love your ham you will love this

Do you have a favourite way to prepare ham at Christmas?

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      5 years ago

      I'm absolutely going to try the "Macadamia and Pineapple Glazed Ham." Thanks for sharing.

    • chas65 profile image


      5 years ago

      Around our house it just wouldn't be Christmas without a great ham for dinner. Then love the left over sandwiches for about a week after.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks going to have a go at the maccadamia one! :)

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      5 years ago

      We don't glaze our ham or use cloves as I like to enjoy the pure ham taste which you don't get with shop bought joints.

      Kind regards Peter

    • mrsclaus411 profile image


      5 years ago

      Glazed hams are delicious.

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      5 years ago

      I like to put a nice brown sugar glaze on mine. Plain and simple.

    • TriviaChamp profile image


      6 years ago

      Too late to change my Christmas dinner plans, but these recipes look good. Have to try them in the new year.

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      7 years ago

      Learn recipe of Basic ham preparation... keep writing good lens... visitors like me will always come and visit your lens.

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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This lens has been 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' my "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf" lens. :-)

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      ronpass lm 

      7 years ago

      These recipes for Christmas hams are very enticing - congrats on the LOTD.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Quality stuff as always ~ congrats on LotD! :)

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      7 years ago

      Mmm ham. Congraulations on Lens of the Day.

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      7 years ago

      Now that sounds tasty. I like the recipe with the star anise, never thought it could be used to prepare ham.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. Congrats on LOTD!!

    • scrapperkare profile image


      7 years ago

      These look yummy! Do ya think it would work to use the Macadamia & Pineapple Glazed Ham recipe for the Green Egg? Hubby's wanting to do a ham in it and we can't find any recipes . . .

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      7 years ago

      Informative informative, congratulations for having been made lens of the day!

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      7 years ago

      Now that looks and sounds tasty - YUM

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      7 years ago

      Amazing Christmas Ham Recipe Taste's Delicous

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      7 years ago

      thanks for the recipe. how i wish i can find the time to cook them. anyway, congrats for a very nice post. :)

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD, great lens and well deserved award.

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD and the great recipes. Featured now on Squidoo LOTD Lenses

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      I have tasted ham glazed in lime. The lime brings a new flavor that is very delectable.

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      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I remember when I was young, helping my Mom press the cloves into the ham and once we were done, I'd grab a bunch and suck on them for the wonderful spicy flavor. I also remember how much my thumbs would hurt from the end points of the cloves - but that's what made my helping seem to important. When I make a ham I still push in all the cloves and although, I know that I can put on a cooking glove, it just doesn't seem the same.

      Great recipes, wonderful memories & congratulations on LOTD!

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      7 years ago

      Excellent Lens. My husband is in charge of cooking the ham this Christmas. I'll have to pass this along. Thanks!

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      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Lime is new to me as well. Sounds great! This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      7 years ago

      I never thought of lime with ham...What a great lens and a great idea! Thankyou â¥

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      7 years ago

      good ham!!

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 

      7 years ago

      I would like to Say, Great LENS!!! I enjoyed your straightforward, honest approach. Great job, and very accurate!!! I will definitely be rating this lens UP!!! ;)


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      7 years ago

      congrats on LOTD. We're having a ham this Xmas and this great lens has got some delicious ideas, thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      NIce job... I'll try a piece of that, please.

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      7 years ago

      I would like to try the Macadamia nuts I like the taste of them sounds good.

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      brutus1 lm 

      7 years ago

      The Macadamia one sounds great! Love your ideas.

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      VivianAldana LM 

      7 years ago

      Appreciate the storing tips! Thanks for this lens

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      7 years ago

      @protrepo: Very good len.

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      7 years ago

      Very nice lens. Congratulations on the lotd

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      7 years ago

      very nice i got new idea. thank you.

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      rayban malaysia 

      7 years ago

      This is great! Can't wait for the big day.

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      hayleylou lm 

      7 years ago

      The Macadamia one sounds so scrummy. Favouriting this so I can return. Congrats on LOTD, thumbs up too :)

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      7 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      Reginald Reid 

      7 years ago

      This lens taste like ham. Great job!

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      7 years ago

      how did you center your youtube videos on your page..

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      7 years ago from Iowa

      Really beautifully done. Congratulations on being LotD! :)

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      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Beautiful lens. Reminds me of Christmas dinner at my Grandma's. MMMM!

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      Teri Hansen 

      7 years ago

      great tips. It inspires me to give it a try. I'm not much of a cook but you may it sound doable.


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      7 years ago

      very neic. It looks very delicious

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      7 years ago

      Yum, Yum... will try this!!

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      7 years ago

      Very nice! You definitely gave me some interesting tips.

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      7 years ago

      Hmmm! Delicious lense!

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      7 years ago

      Macadamia and Pineapple. Now you've got my attention. Thanks. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      These look delicious for the holidays and all year round!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      7 years ago

      Yum, lime on a ham! I like that.

    • pcgamehardware profile image


      7 years ago

      I let my wife do the cooking, especially when it comes to ham.

      You can bet she will be trying this recipe this year. Thanks for the great recipe.

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      7 years ago

      I just glaze and bake but I am always interested in new glazes so thank you for sharing your recipes. Delicious lens!

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      Heather Burns 

      7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Congrats on Lotd! Lovely ham recipes.

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      7 years ago

      mmm, now i'm hungry

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      7 years ago

      Yum! I love any kind!:-) I liked your lens.

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      7 years ago

      If you have any leftovers, please send them to me. Delicious lens.

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      7 years ago

      Great lense - I am going to try to cook my first ham this year so this has come at a good time.

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      This is a great lens , well deserved LOTD, you have the Blessing of an Angel

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      7 years ago

      Fantastic thank you very much :D

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      nightbear lm 

      7 years ago

      Some wonderful glaze recipes. thank you for those. Congratulations on lens of the day too.

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      7 years ago

      I think that the spiral ham and glaze is easy to prepare. Nice lens!

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      7 years ago

      Congrats on LotD - yummy ham recipes!

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      7 years ago

      You've presented some new and seemingly delicious ways to prepare ham. Great lens, see you around the galaxy...

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations for making LOTD - you've done a great job on this lens! And man, is that guy in the videos cute!!! LOL

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      7 years ago

      I love ham!!Congratulations on lens of the day!

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day!

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations for your LOTD for your Christmas Ham Recipes!

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      7 years ago

      Why have I never thought of Macadamia nuts before? I'm thinking about a ham some time during the Holidays. This thought moves it higher on my list! Thank you for this!


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      7 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      Inspiring lens. Thanks for creating it emerald125!

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      These recipes all sound delightful.

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      7 years ago

      Mmmn, the Macadamia and Pineapple Glazed Ham sounds amazing!

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      7 years ago

      These look delicious, a ham is sitting in my freezer, I'm not much good at cooking them so need help like this. Congratulations on LOTD, wonderful accomplishment! Have a wonderful Christmas season!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Mmm, can't wait for my Christmas ham!

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      7 years ago

      Amazing Ham recipe lense! Congrats on LOTD :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Simple glazed ham with a brown sugar/pineapple juice glaze is my usual. You have some great-sounding alternatives here. Congratulations on your Lens of the Day selection!

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      7 years ago

      I love all types of ham, great lens,congrats on the LOTD

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      Barbara Walton 

      7 years ago from France

      Can't answer that, I've never cooked a ham. Not very good with large pieces of meat, but reading your lens has given me courage to try. Well deserved LOTD win.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      7 years ago

      Some great sounding ham recipes here! Congrats on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      Sounds delish! Congrats on LOTD

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      7 years ago

      my granny used to make a brown sugar glaze with pineapples fixed with cloves. sometimes she just put something sweet with cloves fixed in a nice pattern of criss cross slits in the outer part of the ham. others seemed to enjoy it very much.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens. I love a good ham. It's a good alternative to turkey at Christmas.

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      7 years ago

      great job on your lens being the lens of the day. Great job on putting a great lens together.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day! Happy Holidays, Kathy

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      7 years ago from Sweden

      Not only chirstmas - anytime - I mix egg and mustard and some honey - spread it over the ham then sprinkle breadcrumbs over it. Some peppar and salt too of course.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      Your recipe for lime ham sounds delicious. I may try making it this year for Christmas.

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      niam niam niam, it looks so good

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      7 years ago from United States

      What a delicious lens of the day! Congrats :) - I think I'm loving that lime glaze idea, might have to try that.

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      7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Congrats on your delicious Lens of the Day!

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      Carol Goss 

      7 years ago

      Yay ham I love it!

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      7 years ago

      The lime recipe sounds really interesting, and is not something I would have thought of myself. Good lens, and congratulations on LotD!

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      george185 lm 

      7 years ago

      Mmmmm.... I love ham on Christmas

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      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      Congratulations on this delicious lens :) I am hungry :)

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      snazzy lm 

      7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love ham every way but the lime recipe looks especially great.

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      7 years ago

      It looks so yummy~~Making me really hungry.

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      7 years ago

      This ham looks delicious,,,can't wait to try it. Congratulations on LOTD!!

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 

      7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!!!! Great Job!!!


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      7 years ago from USA

      I didn't realize that the shoulder could be more tender than the shank. You have some very creative glaze recipes that are all new to me. Love the lime or the pineapple and mac nuts one (love mac nuts -yummy)

      Congratulations on LOTD!

      Hmmm, Now I'm hungry.

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      7 years ago

      The Macadamia and Pineapple Glazed Ham sounds the best on here, but I encourage you to add a traditional sweet brown sugar type glaze recipe. But the lens looks tasty lol!


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