How to make it

  • Score diagonal cuts both ways into the skin of the ham with a sharp knife to make a diamond pattern all over it.
  • Brine: Combine the brine ingredients in a container large enough to easily hold the ham and stir to dissolve the salt and sugar. Place the ham in the container (I used a large stock pot), making sure that there is enough liquid to cover it completely. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours and up to 3 days, turning the ham every 12 hours.
  • Combine the fruit juices in a small saucepan on the stove top over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and stir frequently, until the mixture is syrupy (about 45 minutes). Stir in the sage and set aside.
  • Light a fire well over to one side of your grill, using enough coals to fill a large shoebox. Remove the ham from the brine and dry it well with paper towels. Insert the cloves evenly across the skin in the points of the diamond-shaped cuts.
  • When the fire has died down and the coals are covered with white ash, place the ham on the side of the grill away from the coals, being careful that none of the meat is directly over the coals. Put the lid on the grill with the vents open one-quarter of the way, and cook, adding a handful of fresh charcoal every 30 minutes or so (I had a chimney with lit charcoal continually ready because of the outside temperature being so cold). Start checking for doneness after 2 hours; it may take up to 3 hours to fully cook (my 16 pound ham took 3 hours and 15 minutes).
  • Baste the ham generously with the fruit juice glaze during the last 30 minutes of cooking. To check for doneness, insert a meat thermometer into the center of the ham and let it sit for 5 seconds, then read the temperature: look for 134 degree F for medium, 150 degrees F for medium-well, and 160 degrees F for well done; we pull the ham at 147 degrees F. When the ham is done to your liking, remove it from the frill, cover loosely with foil, and allow it to rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.
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    " It was not good "
    TheHogfatherBBQ ate it and said...
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    " It was excellent "
    doubled ate it and said...
    Was waiting for someone to add a brine recipe! Thank i need to find the wifes rum stash. lol
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    " It was excellent "
    efitobx ate it and said...
    Got a Great Rum for you Gosling Brother's Black Seal Rum. It also makes a wicked Rum & Coke we called a "Flipper & Coke" when I lived on Bermuda.
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  • valinkenmore 9 years ago
    Oh my - I'm drooling! This sounds super. You are very ambitious to undertake this feat! Pt. Orchard isn't too far, I think I can smell the smoke - ummmmmmm!
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