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How Do You Cook a Pit Ham?

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Question: I have a 9 and1/2 pound Pit Ham. I can’t find any recipe that tells how to cook it. What is a Pit Ham? How long does it have to cook? Thank you.

Answer: A pit ham has been internally trimmed to remove the bone and much of the fat, while leaving the marbling for flavor. Our recommendation for cooking one comes from
Farmland Foods.

Please note that these directions are for a Fully Cooked Pit Ham.
Farmland Hams, for example, are fully cooked and may be served cold. If you would like to serve the ham warm and/or glazed, follow the directions below:

Heat oven to 325°F. Place ham in baking dish with 1/2 cup water. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 325°F for approximately 20 to 30 minutes per pound until warm. Serve ham now or glaze as follows: Remove foil from ham. Brush or spoon desired glaze over ham. Bake, uncovered, at 325°F for 10 minutes.

If your ham is not a Fully Cooked Pit Ham, then heat your ham to an internal temperature of 160°F, which typically requires cooking it for 30 minutes per pound at 350°F.

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