A delicious boiled ham that falls apart and melts in your mouth. Perfect for special occasions and feeding a crowd of guests!
Boiled ham is my favorite way to eat ham. One because it tastes damn good, but also because its as easy as filling a pot with water, adding some seasonings, a few vegetables and walking away. The simplicity makes it an awesome dish to feed a crowd of people, and the taste makes it the perfect choice for special occasions.
Ham and scalloped potatoes is one of Kevin’s favorite meals so I like to make it for him once in a while, but I usually do this when we are having guests as well, just because its such an easy meal! I also get a ton of leftovers from this boiled ham so it makes lunches easy and delicious for Kevin over the next few days. I usually pick a big ass ham regardless of how many people were having over just to make sure I have leftovers.
A meal that’s easy for entertaining but also makes my life easier during the week as well is a win win!
I love this boiled ham is because it is so dang juicy and tender when its done. It pretty much just falls apart. You don’t need any fancy sauce to go with this. We like it with plain old mustard, but honey mustard, or apple sauce or apple compote would be yummy too.
I always make this boiled ham with water because broth can get too salty, but you can use any liquid you choose. I like it sometimes with Apple Juice or Apple Cider. You could use Orange Juice… Or a mix… Whatever you feel like.
Don’t forget to save the bone. Once you get the meat off, throw it in a freezer bag and into the freezer. Then later on, make split pea soup or some other ham soup with it. It will make your soup so much better than ordinary broth!
Tools to Make this Boiled Ham even Easier
- Kick Ass Stock Pot – this monster stock pot is awesome quality and will end up being your go-to for these boiled hams as well as soups
- Slightly Smaller Enameled Stock Pot – a little smaller, but way prettier and cheaper. Will do the trick nicely!
- Tongs – a necessity for getting your boiled ham out of the pot
- 1 large bone in Shoulder Ham (at least 3 lbs)
- 2 Onions in quarters
- 3 sticks of Celery roughly chopped
- 2 Apples in quarters
- 5 - 8 Cloves of Garlic smashed
- 2 Bay Leaves
- A few Peppercorns
- Pinch or two of Salt
- Rinse the Ham well and put it in a big pot. Big enough so that all or at least most of it can be covered by the liquid.
- Throw in all the other ingredients into the pot and fill with the liquid until the Ham is covered or almost covered. Water or whatever liquid you choose.
- Bring the works to a boil and lower the heat so its simmering.
- Let it simmer for 3 - 4 hours or till you cant stand to smell the goodness anymore.
- Pull the Ham out of the pot, pull it apart, cut the fat off and slice or pull it into pieces.
- Serve it up and watch the ham melt in your mouth! So good!