For the ham
Whole boneless Wiltshire Ham
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4 litres ginger beer, we love Luscombe’s Hot Ginger Beer
1 onion, peeled and quartered
2 carrots, peeled and roughly sliced
1 tbsp allspice berries
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp peppercorns
For the glaze
550ml hot ginger beer
200g light brown sugar
1 tsp English mustard
1 tsp ground cloves

Ginger Beer Cooked Ham

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Give your ham a ginger kick with this sticky, succulent ham recipe. Cooking your ham in the best quality fiery beer infuses maximum flavour into the ham. 


  1. Step 1 Put the ham in a large stock pot and add the onions, carrots and spices.

  1. Step 2 Pour over the ginger beer and top it up with enough water to cover the ham. 

  1. Step 3 Bring to the boil and allow to simmer until the ham reaches a core temperature of 75c when probed with a meat thermometer - for a 5kg ham it will take approximately 4 hours.

  1. Step 4 Skim the scum off the surface from time to time. When it’s cooked and cool enough to handle, slice the skin off the top of the ham and score a diamond pattern into the fat.

  1. Step 5 Allow to cool before glazing.

  1. Step 6 Preheat the oven to 190c.

  1. Step 7 In a small saucepan, whisk together the glaze ingredients and bring to the boil. Allow the glaze to simmer until it has reduced down by two thirds, stirring occasionally. It should become a sticky syrup consistency.

  1. Step 8 Use a basting brush to coat the glaze generously over the ham, before placing on a baking tray. 

  1. Step 9 Roast for 25 minutes but baste occasionally, using the glaze from the tray. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing.

Recipe Note

Wine pairing notes: Fiery ginger beer is softened out by cooking but it still adds a punchy backdrop to the cured, succulent meat. A light red such as Pinot Noir would be great here, but we have opted for a crisp white. This Macon is almost in a Chablis style, with a crisp acidity that offsets the richness of the meat and the ginger spice.Indulge in Mâcon-Vergisson Les Rochers

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