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National Eat Country Ham Month: What It Is & How to Cook It

National Eat Country Ham Month affords us the opportunity to make something ever-so-tasty, it makes my mouth water just talking about it!

hamCountry ham is often referred to as Kentucky, Tennessee or Virginia ham.

It is very salty, as it is dry cured. So, when cooking, it first needs to be soaked and then simmered for some time.

How to Cook Country Ham:

Type: Main Dish Recipe

Serve with: scalloped potatoes & green beans
Prep Time: 15 min
Soak Time: 30 hrs
Cook Time: 22 min/lb
Roast Time: ~ 10-15 min
Serve: 1/2 lb per person


  • country ham – estimate 1/2 lb per person
  • 5 cups cider
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup flour


  1. Soak ham in cold water for 30 hours, making sure it’s covered with water.
  2. Clean off with a stiff brush to remove anything stuck to the skin, and rinse several times.
  3. Immerse ham and cook in a stockpot at a simmer for 22 min/lb or until internal temperature reaches around 150 degrees.
  4. Add to the water, 5 cups cider, bay leaf, and 1/2 cup of brown sugar for the final 1/2 hour of cooking.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  6. Remove ham from pot and trim off skin, and some fat – leaving at least 1/4″ of fat intact for roasting ham in the oven.
  7. Sprinkle ham with black pepper, cornmeal, flour and remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar. Stud with whole cloves & score fat with a decorative patter, if desired.
  8. Roast on rack inside pan until shiny.
  9. Serve cold or warm.

So, take on National Eat Country Ham Month literally, and go grab one to make at home. You’ll be oh-so-glad you did!

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