Instead of the traditional cured ham that's full of sodium and nitrates, bake the flavors of honey-baked ham into a pork picnic roast. You can season it up to 2 days in advance for even better flavor. The cooked roast cuts like ham, with firm, juicy slices that go perfectly with a simple honey-mustard sauce. We use a skin-on picnic roast here, which is cheaper than a Boston butt roast—making the holiday a little more affordable.

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Guarantee yourself a delicious Easter by choosing from one of these four baked ham recipes. 

Hayley Sugg
March 17, 2017

The centerpiece of almost any Easter celebration, a baked ham can make or break a good dinner. Choose from the tried-and-true recipes below and you're sure to have a great meal.

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Baked Ham Glazed with Champagne

We use the term “Champagne” loosely: Feel free to use a less expensive bubbly such as prosecco, cava, or crémant. The sparkling wine lends a little razzle-dazzle to the retro-chic combo of ham and pineapple. If you’re using maple syrup, try Grade B—it has more intense maple flavor than Grade A.

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Baked Ham with Rosemary and Sweet Vermouth

This succulent ham takes cues from the Mediterranean with piney rosemary and sweet, herbal vermouth.

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Honey-Baked Pork Roast

Although not a traditional ham, you can still enjoy your holiday meal of pork with our Honey-Baked Pork Roast. The meat slowly roasts so that the sugar-honey spice rub bakes into a shellac-like crust. The roast slices like ham, with firm but juicy slices that go perfectly with a simple honey-mustard sauce.

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Bourbon and Orange-Glazed Ham

Rich bourbon and bright citrus dress up this centerpiece-worthy ham. Opt for a less-sodium smoked ham to keep things light and healthy.