Ham in Guinness

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This recipe requires preparation in advance!

A nice and easy method of cooking ham, which can be eaten hot or cold.

Ham in Guinness
Ham in Guinness (with cloves!)
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:1379
Ready in:3 hours 45 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:3 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:17th January 2013

Best recipe review

Nicer than drinking it.


Superb. Sticky and tasty - marmalade is genius.

Paul R Smith


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Mise en place

  • Soak the ham in cold water for 24 hours.


  1. Drain the ham and place in a pan with the Guinness, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, black pepper, mace and enough cold water to cover.
  2. Bring slowly to the boil and simmer very gently for about 2½ hours until cooked.
  3. Leave to cool in the liquid for about half-an-hour, drain and remove the skin of the ham.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200° C (400° F - gas 6).
  5. Mix 3 tablespoons or marmalade together with 2 ladles of the boiling liquor to make the glaze.
  6. Baste the joint well and Bake for 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes.

Serving suggestions

Serve with leafy vegetables or a green salad and new potatoes. Also excellent in sandwiches.

Chef's notes

You can use any size ham you wish and adjust the amount of the other ingredients accordingly. However, you will also need to re-calculate the boiling time by about 50 minutes per kg. You may not need to soak the ham first if you buy one ready prepared.

When cooking this, I adjusted the original recipe to match my tastes. I do not like cloves, but I love chillies. For the final roast and baste I used marmalade mixed with the boiling juices and a good teaspoon of smoky chipotole chilli powder for a little bite.

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