Baked Ham, Mustard Sauce

The theme for Monday posts in December is Holiday Food.

Making the holiday dinner for family and / or friends can be both gratifying and terrifying.

I’ll try to be both informative when needed and helpful.

Sometimes, even the simplest recipes, like this easy Baked Ham, can cause a bit of stress.

Baking / roasting times for ham is all over the charts…. And I’m not doing a chart.

The number of minutes per pound depends on whether it’s boneless or bone-in, fully cooked or not cooked and the weight of the ham. A larger ham takes fewer minutes per pound than a smaller ham.

Of course the oven temperature makes a difference as well. Some like a hot oven, some not so hot.

If you want more opinions and lots of charts ask Google.

Generally speaking a fully cooked boneless ham should be baked to an internal temp of 140F (60C), about 20 minutes per lb for a small ham.

A ham that must be cooked should reach an internal temp of 150F (65C), 35 minutes per lb. for small hams and 22 minutes for larger (over 5 lbs) hams.  These times assume a 325F (165C) oven.

All that having been said – use a meat thermometer. Please.

One last note: In the U.K. (and I don’t know where else) an uncooked ‘ham’ is a gammon. When it’s ready to eat it becomes a ham.
Also, gammon is often very salty and may need soaking and / or boiling before roasting. The best way to tell is to cut a small piece of the gammon, fry it and taste it.

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Baked Ham

Baked Ham is our Christmas tradition – we love the ham, we love the leftover ham, and we really love the Mustard Sauce.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Oven


  • 1 small ham, about 4 lbs (2 kg)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar
  • Mustard Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) cider or white vinegar
  • 2 tbs dry mustard
  • 1 egg
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbs butter


  • Ham:
  • Put ham on rack in roasting pan and roast in 325F (165C) oven.
  • About 30 minutes before it’s done mix the sugar, mustard and vinegar.
  • Remove the ham from the oven.
  • Remove the skin if there is any, score the fat with a sharp knife (diamond pattern is pretty).
  • Pat the brown sugar mixture over the top of the ham and return to oven.
  • Finish baking.
  • Remove ham and allow rest for 15 – 20 minutes before slicing.
  • Mustard Sauce:
  • Put the egg into the top of a double boiler and whisk until beaten.
  • Add sugar, milk and mustard, whisk well.
  • Cook over simmering water for about 5 minutes, until sugar and mustard are dissolved and mixture is hot, whisking (almost) constantly
  • Add vinegar and continue to cook until thick.
  • Remove from heat, stir in butter and salt.


Ham: Mine was uncooked and it was done in just under 2 hours, including the time it was out of the oven for the sugar topping.
Mustard Sauce: If you don’t have a double boiler, put a metal bowl on a saucepan partially filled with water. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water. This is good with almost everything and keeps a long time.


  • Serving Size: 6 oz
  • Calories: 457
  • Sugar: 24.8 g
  • Sodium: 2968.9 mg
  • Fat: 19.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 42.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 132.2 mg

Keywords: ham, baked ham, roast ham

You could also do a regular roast: Roast Pork with Bay

Baked Ham

The Mustard Sauce:

Mustard Sauce

That’s it!

4 thoughts on “Baked Ham, Mustard Sauce”

  1. I love ham. Best thing about ham after I’ve baked it, sliced and fried it the next morning with eggs, sliced it for sammies for lunch, cubed it for soup, used the bone for green bean soup, is to run a piece through the food processor and make ham salad. 🙂

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