Pierna de Puerco Asada (Roasted Fresh Ham with Orange Glaze)

Roasted Fresh Ham with Orange Glaze
Roasted Fresh Ham with Orange Glaze
Pierna de Puerco Asada (Roasted Fresh Ham with Orange Glaze)Christopher Hirsheimer

Fresh, unsmoked ham makes a delicious roast.

Pierna de Puerco Asada (Roasted Fresh Ham with Orange Glaze)
Fresh, unsmoked ham makes a delicious roast.
Yield: serves 10-15

Ingredients

  • 1 (15–18-lb.) fresh ham on the bone
  • Juice of 12 bitter oranges or 8 sweet oranges and 4 limes
  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated, peeled, and minced
  • Pinch dried oregano
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Trim off ham's outer skin and score fat about ½" deep in a diamond pattern. Put ham in a roasting pan and set aside. Mix juice, garlic, and oregano in a bowl and season to taste with salt. Reserving ½ cup, pour juice mixture over ham, rubbing garlic into scored fat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°. Remove plastic wrap, then bake ham, basting occasionally with reserved juice mixture, until internal temperature reaches 170° on a meat thermometer, about 5 hours. Allow to rest 20 minutes before carving.