photograph by Matt Hulsman

1 large, fresh ham

Place fresh ham in a large pot with just enough water to cover the ham. Boil about 25 minutes per pound, or until the meat is a minimum of 145 degrees. (When you pierce the ham with a fork, there should be no blood.) Remove ham from water. Cover the ham with one of the glazes below, and bake at 350° for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Molasses Glaze:

Pour about 1 cup molasses in a saucepan. Add cinnamon to taste. As soon as glaze is hot, drip over the ham, and bake.

Cherry or Strawberry Glaze:

In a saucepan, heat ½ cup Karo corn syrup and ½ cup strawberry or cherry jelly. Stir. When glaze is hot, drip over the ham, and bake.

The Scuffletown Cookbook can be purchased at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke bookstore, Cyna’s Jewelry in Pembroke, or by contacting Gloria Gates at or (336) 578-1188.


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For several years, Our State featured recipes from the pages of community and church cookbooks from around North Carolina. These dishes continue to be among some of our most popular and enjoyed.