The Best Fresh Ham

September 28, 2017 • 0 comments

The Best Fresh Ham
Minimum Preparation: Serves 8 By, The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook
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  • Servings: 8


This recipe calls for Fresh Ham, particularly ham with cracklings, is one of the most impressive roasts you will ever cook. It is perfect for Christmas day feasts because it is large enough to serve any army of guests yet extremely easy to prepare. Fresh Hams are cut in all sizes. The recipe below is for a half leg, about a 7 or 8lb roast, but farmers often have quartered, creating smaller roasts that are better suited for small family dinners. If you like pork roast but don't like the expense of loin roast then this is a good way to go. If you need to feed more people, order a whole leg, and double the herb and rub recipe. Just be sure to use an internal meat thermometer so that you take the roast out at the right time. You can ask your farmer or local butcher to leave the skin on for you. Once roasted, the skin becomes cracklings, which I think is the finest part of the feast.

Ingredients for Ham:

1/2 a Leg of Pork (About 7 or 8lb Fresh Ham.), 

Sage and Thyme Pork Rub

Ingredients for Sage and Thyme Pork Rub:

1/4 a cup of dried Sage

1 Tbsp of dried Oregano

1 Tbsp of freshly ground black Pepper

2 Tbsp of dried Thyme

2 Tbsp of coarse Salt

4 cloves of Garlic


Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Bring the ham to room temperature. Set the ham on a large cutting board, widest side down. skin up. If the skin is still on the roast, use a very sharp knife to cut a series of 1-inch gashes all over the skin. Try to cut down to the meat without piercing it, and make about 30-40 gashes. Stuff the Sage and Thyme Pork Rub into these gashes, then rub the remainder on the bottom of the roast any other exposed meat. Set the meat in a large roasting pan, insert a meat thermometer, and roast until the internal temperature registers 145 to 148 degrees, about 3 hours, or 20 to 22 minutes per pound. Remove the roast from the oven, tent loosely with foil, and allow it to rest for 20 to 30 minutes before serving. The internal temperature should rise to 5 to 10 degrees. Then serve an enjoy!