Recipe for a perfect Christmas ham

Thinking about what you’ll be serving at Christmas dinner this year? Why not try a delicious ham!

A staple at Christmas dinners across the country, perfecting a well-cooked ham is essential for the holiday season. Pork experts, Australian Pork Limited have a number of Christmas themed recipes that are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

A recipe that includes beer, brown sugar and mustard sounds like the perfect mix to us! Check out the recipe below:


  • 1 x 8-10kg ham leg, rind removed
  • Cloves, for studding (about 50)
  • A selection of mustards, to serve

Beer, brown sugar & mustard glaze

  • 375ml bottle dark ale
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (tbsp) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon (tbsp) golden syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan-forced. Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, score the ham fat (not the flesh) in a honeycomb pattern at 2cm intervals. Wrap the hock in foil (this prevents it from burning).
  2. Place ham on a greased rack in a large baking pan lined with foil (see tip in ‘General Information’ tab).
  3. To make the glaze, combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring, over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until reduced by a half.
  4. Brush the ham fat a few times to evenly coat with the glaze. Roast, brushing with remaining glaze occasionally, for 1 hour or until ham is golden and caramelised. Set aside to cool for 30 minutes.
  5. Slice and serve warm or cold with a selection of mustards.


For ease use a large disposable foil roasting dish.

If the glaze thickens on standing, warm the glaze over low heat so it spreads easily over the ham.

For more Christmas recipes, click here.


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