How to Bake a Ham Shank in the Oven (Aunt Beulah’s Ham)

Growing up, few holiday family feasts were complete without a beautiful baked ham. That is why I want to show you how to bake a ham shank in the oven.

How to Bake a Ham Shank (Aunt Beulah's Ham Recipe)

As an adult though, I primarily cooked ham steaks up until last year. My family was at a gathering at the home of Aunt Beulah, my husband Reggie’s aunt. Her ham was one of the best ones that I had ever tasted so I asked her how to make a glazed ham in the oven.

When asked, she responded, “I don’t have a recipe.” Since she is originally from the south, I was not surprised so I took out my phone and recorded her telling me how she prepared it. I made some changes to her directions (leaving out the cloves and changing her syrup, brown sugar and water glaze) but I kept the preparation instructions the same for how to bake a ham shank in the oven.

For the sauce for the baked ham recipe, I use the ingredients from a (now archived)“Honey and Brown Sugar Ham Glaze” recipe from my friend Dawn’s site.

Many people prefer to glaze their ham during the entire time that the ham is baking or at the last 30 minutes of the ham cooking while turning the oven heat up to a higher temperature. I like sweet ham, so I do both and have a double glazed ham. It has now become one of my most popular holiday dishes and everyone (who eats pork) looks forward to it.

How to Bake a Ham Shank

Recipe Notes:
-Scrub and soak the ham in water in the refrigerator for 12 to 36 hours (changing the water every 4 hours) for a less salty ham.

-Once you take the ham out of the oven, wait at least 15 minutes before carving and serving it.

-If you are looking for baked ham dinner menu ideas to go along with the ham, my family often asks for collard greens, macaroni and cheese and sweet potato casserole.

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