Berkshire Kurobuta Whole Bone-in Baked Ham
Baked Ham For Easter
It's Easter and so we considered preparing lamb chops like the last few years, but decided we wanted to have a traditional baked ham like we had when we were kids. Remember the smell of that ham when you visited your grandparents house at Easter? Do you remember how good the baked ham it tasted along side the other traditional American Easter favorites? I searched high and low for the best ham we could possibly get. It turned out to be quite an education and a fantastic result.
Why not just any Baked Ham?
Most of the hams you buy today at your local grocer, Trader Joe's or Costco are injected with hormones and full of chemicals. Many times a Honey Baked Ham has graced out table, but it turns out that beloved ham is no better than the rest! Just read the label on one of them. Ham cured with water, salt, sodium lactate, sugar, sodium phosphate, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrate. Glazed with sugar, gelatin, paprika (color), maltodextrin, food starch — modified, dextrose, spices, natural flavor with brown sugar, invert sugar, and natural flavoring. Yikes! The don't even use honey in their baked hams. What's with that?
Snake River Farms Berkshire Kurobuta Whole Bone in Ham
So I continued my Google and YouTube search and finally came across a company that was highly recommend to make one of the best baked hams on the planet. Its from a company called Snake River Farms. You can visit their site at www.snakeriverfarms.com. I found some interesting information on their website that was backed up be several testimonials all over the web. Here is what they are all about according to the website:
"Snake River Farms and Double R Ranch are part of Agri Beef Co., a family owned and operated business dedicated to producing the highest quality beef and pork in the United States. Founded in 1968 by Robert Rebholtz, Sr., Agri Beef started as a ranching and feeding operation and grown to incorporate every step of the beef lifecycle which includes ranching, cattle feeding, animal nutrition, beef processing, marketing and sales. This comprehensive approach ensures the products that arrive at your door are the best available.
Snake River Farms Kurobuta pork is considered to be equal in status to “Kobe Beef.” Kurobuta is the Japanese term for “black hog” and refers to animals of the Berkshire variety, a heritage breed. Kurobuta pork is highly marbled with a beautiful dark color, firm texture, and naturally delicious flavor. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries mandates that pork designated as “Kurobuta” must consist of 100% Berkshire animals. Snake River Farms gourmet hams strictly adhere to this requirement. Our animals are treated humanely and are raised on small family farms without hormones using a natural slow feed process.
Our hogs are raised with great care on small family farms in the Midwest and Idaho. Snake River Farms American Kurobuta Pork features small, fine streaks of marbling that make each cut remarkably sweet, tender and juicy. Due to its rich red color and sensational flavor, The Wall Street Journal dubbed Snake River Farms’ pork “The Other Red Meat.”
Our Kurobuta (100% Berkshire breed) hams consistently receive top scores in artisan ham comparisons and are frequently featured by celebrity chefs and culinary experts during the holidays. Produced using traditional curing methods and carefully smoked over real hardwood, our gourmet hams are sweet, tender, rich in flavor, and have the perfect essence of smoke."
If you visit their site, you will see they have pride in sustainability, quality, animal well-being and responsibility. The standards American companies used to live by but are unfortunately a thing of the past for most companies.
So how did it turn out?
The ham comes to you very quickly in a frozen container. It is precooked so all you really have to is bring it up to the right temperature in your oven or barbecue. When I first started searching for an Easter baked ham, I planned on using a sweet glaze along with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries like my grandmother used to prepare her baked ham. After seeing the quality of the Snake River Farms Ham, I decided I could not treat this beautiful ham this way. I decided to just cross-hatch the top and add cloves to the ham. I wanted this wonderfully savory and juicy ham to shine as it was meant to.
After the easiest easiest preparation I have every had, it was time to present this ham. It was picture perfect as you see in our video. How did it taste? In a word, AMAZING.
Make sure and watch our video on this post to see just how easy it was to prepare, and how delicious it was to eat. Yummy! Get your Duck on, or in this case, Get your Hog on!
- whole bone in ham - approximately 14 pounds
PREPARE THE SNAKE RIVER FARMS WHOLE BONE-IN BAKED HAM
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove ham from any packaging. Place fat side up in a roasting pan. Do not add water or cover the ham with foil.
Slice cross hatch cuts into the fat of the ham and place cloves in each cross hatch.
Place the ham in the heated oven, uncovered, until the ham reaches 140 degrees. It should be 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
As you know, every oven is different so cooking times will vary.
A thermometer is the single best way to determine doneness.
REMOVE FROM OVEN
Take the ham out of the oven and place on a cutting board.
Loosely cover ham with foil and allow it to rest for 15 to 30 minutes.
SLICE AND SERVE
I cut each slice from the whole ham. however snake river farms suggests the best technique is to cut off large sections of the ham parallel to the bone and cut these portions into slices.
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