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How to Cook Napa Valley Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Ham + Video

When you use this recipe for How to Cook Napa Valley Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Ham, you will be accepting compliments from guests and family.

When we have had about all the turkey we can eat during the Holidays, nothing hits the spot better than a delicious ham. This fabulous 9 1/2 pound hickory smoked ham shank portion is gorgeous and I can hardly wait to taste it.

Tender & juicy with a delectable flavor of blackberry & ginger combined with balsamic in a glaze that’s out of this world, and gives that je ne sais quoi to a traditional recipe and put a delicious spin on things.

Napa Valley Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Ham:

Even though this ham is hickory smoked, I like to boil it before treating it with flavorings and spices. I know it says on the wrapper that the ham is cooked, but my mom always cooked her hams first, and her hams were always cooked to perfection, and delicious.

Web Chef Review: Napa Valley Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar - cookingwithkimberly.comAfter I cook the ham, I like to coat it with wonderful, tasty ingredients such as Napa Valley Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar, brown sugar and spices, so that they form a tasty, caramelized, crunchy crust over the entire outside surface of the ham.

The Napa Valley Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar is thick, and pleasantly sweet with the consistency of a balsamic cream, and the flavor it imparts is amazing. This sweetness helps to caramelize the sugar and spice coating on the outside of the ham.

Type: Entrée Recipe

Prep Time: about 15 min
Cook Time: 1 1/2 hrs
Roast Time: about 30 min
Yield: about 12 servings

The ingredients & instructions are listed below the video for measurements & directions. Please enjoy this webisode of Cooking with Kimberly:



  • Bayou Classic Stockpot with Lid & Boil Basket - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comHave available a large stock pot, filled with water up to the halfway point – and the water should cover the ham. So, you might have to add more water after you place the ham in it.
  1. Carefully, place the ham shank portion into a large pot containing enough water to cover the ham.
  2. Season the water in the pot with: bay leaves, whole cloves, chili flakes, black peppercorns, mustard seeds and coriander seeds.
  3. Bring the water up to a boil, and then allow the water to simmer until the ham is tender – about 1 1/2 – 2 hrs.
  4. roasting pan - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comPrepare a large roasting pan with oil or cooking spray.
  5. Using 2 large forks to carefully transfer the ham from the pot to the roasting pan.
  6. Trim the excess skin and fat off, if necessary.
  7. To create the rub to press on to the outside surfaces of the ham, use a bowl, mix together, and combine evenly: brown sugar, dry mustard, freshly ground pepper, and hot smoked paprika.
  8. Preheat oven to 330 degrees F.
  9. Kitchen Collection Two-Toned Silicone Brushes - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comUsing a basting brush, baste the entire outside surface of the ham with the Napa Valley Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar. Then, using your hands, coat the ham with the rub you prepared, getting it into all the nooks and crevices. You might even want to coat it twice with the rub.
  10. Roast the ham in the oven at 330 degrees F for about 20 min, or until caramelized and browned.
  11. Check the ham after 20 min, and re-baste the ham with the pan juices, if desired.
  12. Return the ham to the oven for 5 – 10 min, and it should come out browned and smelling amazingly fantastic. The ham will now be all sticky and gorgeous with the exterior crust being caramelized and mouthwatering.
  13. Allow the ham to rest for a few min under a loose aluminum foil tent, before slicing.

Absolutely delicious for any Holiday or feast!

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Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the Holidays, or any other special days, with a beautiful ham like this?

I hope you will want to learn How to Cook Napa Valley Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Ham to wow your family and friends.

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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