How to cook a Christmas ham: 10 tasty recipes for the 2016 holiday
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How to cook a Christmas ham: 10 tasty recipes for the 2016 holiday

Just after Santa Claus and his fleet of reindeer, the Christmas ham reigns supreme as the holiday's iconic symbol. 

So how exactly do you cook a delicious Christmas ham? From slow roasting to slow cooking to adorning a pre-cooked ham with pineapple and cherries and letting all that sweetness soak in, there are countless ways to prep that holiday pork. Here's how to cook a Christmas ham — it's pretty difficult to mess up!

Slow cooker maple brown sugar ham 

Slow cooker maple brown sugar hamSource: Damn Delicious
Slow cooker maple brown sugar ham  Damn Delicious

It takes all of five minutes to prep this ham that you can set and forget in your slow cooker while cooking the rest of Christmas dinner. Get the recipe here.

Smoked Ham with pomegranate molasses, black pepper and mustard glaze

Smoke ham with pomegranate molassesSource: food52
Smoke ham with pomegranate molasses  food52

A little extra work goes into making this homemade glaze, but it's all worth it once you bite into your first slice of holiday ham. Get the recipe here.

Sticky glazed Asian ham

Sticky glazed Asian hamSource: Foodie Crush
Sticky glazed Asian ham  Foodie Crush

Add some stickiness and spiciness to your holiday routine with this unique ham glaze. Get the recipe here.

Chipotle pineapple jerk glazed ham

Chipotle pineapple jerk glazed hamSource: Half Baked Harvest
Chipotle pineapple jerk glazed ham  Half Baked Harvest

If you're craving warmer weather, opt for this spicy tropical-themed ham to heat up your Christmas feast. Get the recipe here.

Glazed holiday ham

Glazed holiday hamSource: The Gunny Sack
Glazed holiday ham  The Gunny Sack

Basting this Dutch oven roasted ham makes it especially juicy and flavorful. Get the recipe here.

Southern glazed ham

Southern glazed hamSource: Oh Sweet Basil
Southern glazed ham  Oh Sweet Basil

Give your ham a candy-like sheen and sweetness with this graham cracker glaze. Get the recipe here.

Sugar bath ham

Sugar bath hamSource: food52
Sugar bath ham  food52

Soaking this Christmas ham in a sugar bath is pretty much all it takes to make a sweet, succulent holiday roast. Get the recipe here.

Brandied ham

Brandied hamSource: Martha Stewart
Brandied ham  Martha Stewart

If you're eager to start opening bottles of booze in the kitchen, Martha Stewart's brandied ham recipe is perfect for you. Get the recipe here.

Baked ham with honey mustard and apples

Baked ham with honey mustard and applesSource: A Spicy Perspective
Baked ham with honey mustard and apples  A Spicy Perspective

Thinly sliced apples layered into this ham add subtle sweetness and extra texture to your upcoming ham sandwich. Get the recipe here.

Slow cooker holiday ham with pineapple glaze

Slow cooker holiday hamSource: Reynold's Kitchen
Slow cooker holiday ham  Reynold's Kitchen

If you're the ham and pineapple type, this slow cooker recipe makes it easy to get your tropical ham fix without the pain of arranging each pineapple slice. Get the recipe here.

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