Spiced Apple Cider Braised Ham

A long time ago my husband cooked a ham in apple cider and we remembered that it was a big hit, so in keeping with the season, I decided to try something similar for Sunday dinner. This time we are making a spiced apple cider braised ham, which starts with a fresh ham shank.

This recipe for Spiced Apple Cider Braised Ham is a fun and tasty way to bring in the flavors of fall.

You don’t often see fresh ham shanks in the grocery store, but I was shopping in the strip district with my sister and girlfriend, and we stopped in Wholey’s, a huge market specializing in seafood and meat products. Originally I was looking for a country ham but when I saw the fresh ham shank I decided to give it a try.

This recipe for Spiced Apple Cider Braised Ham is a fun and tasty way to bring in the flavors of fall.

Using local apple cider, spices, and some brown sugar and honey we braised the ham for 3-4 hours until the internal temperature reached 160 degrees.

This recipe for Spiced Apple Cider Braised Ham is a fun and tasty way to bring in the flavors of fall.

Okay, it really tasted more like a spiced cider pork roast and not at all like a ham. Still, it was something different and in the end we all liked it. My brother-in-law, a huge ham fan, ended up taking home the leftovers.

Sound tasty but prefer the taste of ham. Try this with a regular fully cooked ham. It should cook in less time and the internal temperature only needs to reach 140 degrees.

Here’s the recipe:

Spiced Apple Cider Braised Ham
Ingredients
  • 1 - 8 lb Fresh Ham Shank
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon - whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons - allspice berries
  • ½ - brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons - honey
Instructions
  1. Pour cider into a large heavy pot. Add spices, brown sugar and honey.
  2. Heat on medium and stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Trim the rind from the ham then transfer into the pot.
  4. Bring to a boil then turn to low and let simmer covered for 4-5 hours.
  5. Check for an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

This recipe for Spiced Apple Cider Braised Ham is a fun and tasty way to bring in the flavors of fall.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. So glad it turned out yummy (not surprised)… looking forward to a new shopping list for the strip!

    • Thanks Lisa. I always enjoy our trips to the strip! The holidays will be here before you know it and we’ll definitely need to make a trip there for some more goodies!

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