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Slow-Baked ‘City’ Ham

Joanne McAllister Smart

Servings: 25 as part of a buffet, with leftovers.

If you opt for a half-ham, buy the shank end — the meat contains less fat and gristle; for all size hams, figure about 25 min. per pound.


  • 1 fully cooked, bone-in, smoked ham, 17 to 19 lb.

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size 5 oz. portion of lean ham
  • Calories (kcal) : 220
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 70
  • Fat (g): 8
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Cholesterol (mg): 80
  • Sodium (mg): 1870
  • Carbohydrates (g): 0
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 35


  • Heat the oven to 275°F. Put the ham in a roasting pan or a big cast-iron skillet. Cover it loosely with foil and heat it for 7-1/2 to 8 hours. Let the ham rest for at least 20 minutes. Before carving, remove the fat and rind from the surface of the ham, if you like. Serve with biscuits and mustard or your favorite chutney.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • user-4541577 | 04/04/2021

    I don’t love ham; slow-cooked, this was the best ham I’ve ever eaten. Way to go Fine Cooking. Thanks.

  • moebears | 04/16/2017

    Simple and perfect - juicy and tasty! You can glaze it if you want, but it's not necessary.

  • Bill_III | 01/01/2017

    We received a free 11.5 lb. smoked ham water added 23%. Although skeptical about this easy cooking method, followed it exactly. We had 11 people, so I cut most of the ham (thinking however it would be too much). All of the ham was gone quickly and people raved about it and wanted to know what type of ham. They were surprised.

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