Sugar Bath Ham

1 half ham (shank or butt half, about 8 lbs)



Using a carving fork, pierce ham deeply all over. Score layer of fat. Place ham in pot. Pot should be large enough that ham is submerged. If ham is too large to be fully submerged, be certain half of ham can be submerged at all times. Add water to pot, keeping track of how much water is added. Add sugar (half the amount of water). For example, if you added 10 cups of water, add 5 cups of sugar. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours, carefully basting/flipping ham as often as possible. Remove ham to broiling pan. Place broiling pan in oven. Turn oven on to 450 degrees and remove ham after 25 minutes. Let rest 20 minutes before carving.