Beer-Roasted Fresh Ham with Braised Onions

December 2011
Beer-Roasted Fresh Ham with Braised Onions

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This year, serve a fresh ham. The big hunk of uncured meat looks impressive on the buffet and tastes like a giant, juicy pork tenderloin. Time check: Let the ham sit at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours before putting it in the oven.

Makes: 20 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Roast: 4 hrs

  • 4 large onions, halved and thickly sliced
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 bone-in fresh ham (16 to 18 lbs.), tough skin removed but a 1/4-inch-thick layer of fat remaining
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bottle  beer, preferably lager
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees . Scatter the onions and garlic in a large roasting pan (12-by-16-inch). Place the ham, fat side up, on top of the onions. Drizzle with the EVOO and sprinkle with the caraway seeds; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Roast the ham in the oven for 1 hour. Rotate the pan a half-turn and roast for 1 hour more. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees , pour in the beer and cook until the internal temperature of the meat registers 155 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 2 hours more.
  3. Using a large spatula and a kitchen towel, or 2 meat forks, transfer the ham to a platter or cutting board. Tent with foil and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, pour the juices and onions from the roasting pan into a large, heatproof measuring cup; let the juices settle. Skim off any fat that rises to the surface.
  4. Using a sharp knife, carve the ham into thin slices. Reheat the pan juices and onions if necessary and serve with the meat.