Ham Cooking Times

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The proper ham cooking time and temperature are extremely important. The optimum flavor and tenderness of the ham can be consistently achieved when care is taken to follow the recommended guidelines for ham cooking times and temperatures.

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Using the recommended time and temperature guidelines will ensure that the ham is cooked to the minimum safe internal temperature, which is critical in preventing food-borne illness that can be caused by undercooked food. Using an accurate meat thermometer is the best way to ensure the proper doneness when cooking ham.

Whether you are looking for a bone in ham cooking time or a boneless ham cooking time, use the following chart as a guide for baking ham, grilling ham, or cooking a ham that has been inserted into an oven bag prior to baking. See the article, " Ham Doneness" for additional information on determining the proper doneness of ham.

HAM Cooking Times and Temperatures

Oven Baking Ham at 350°F

Type of Ham Ham Cut Weight Meat
Thermometer
Temperature
Approximate
Cooking Time
(minutes per pound)
Ham
(cured and smoked)
Arm picnic shoulder (bone-in) 5-8 lbs. 170°F 30 minutes
Shoulder boneless roll 2-3 lbs. 170°F 35-45 minutes
Ham
(smoked, cook before eating)
Half ham (bone-in) 5-7 lbs. 160°F 25-30 minutes
Whole ham 10-14 lbs. 160°F 18-20 minutes
Whole ham 14-16 lbs. 160°F 15-18 minutes
Ham
(smoked, fully cooked, heat at 325°F)
Half ham (bone-in) 5-7 lbs. 140°F 18-20 minutes
Half ham (boneless) 3-4 lbs. 140°F 25-30 minutes
Whole ham (bone-in) 12-14 lbs. 140°F 15 minutes
Whole ham (boneless) 6-8 lbs. 140°F 10-12 minutes
Whole ham (boneless) 14-16 lbs. 140°F 5-7 minutes
Note: Start with meat at refrigerated temperature. Remove the ham from the oven when it reaches
5° to 10°F below the desired doneness; the temperature will continue to rise as the meat stands.

Grilling Ham

Type of Ham Ham Cut Weight Medium
(145°F)
Well Done
(160°F)
Ham
(fully cooked)
8-10 minutes
per pound
Ham
(cook before eating)
3-4 lbs. 10-12 minutes per lb.
5-7 lbs. 12-18 minutes per lb.
10-14 lbs. 30-35 minutes per lb.
Note: When grilling with Indirect Heat generally the coals (or burners on a gas grill) are heated to a high heat. When grilling with Direct Heat the coals (or burners on a gas grill) are heated to a medium heat. Use these heat settings unless you have a recipe that states something different. See how to test the grill temperature.

Baking Ham at 325°F in an Oven Bag

Ham Cut Total
Weight
Approximate Cooking Time (total time) Add Water
to Oven Bag
Meat
Thermometer
Temperature
Regular-Size
Oven Bag
10"x 16"
Large-Size
Oven Bag
14"x 20"
Turkey-Size
Oven Bag
19"x 23 1/2"
Smoked picnic 5-8 lbs. 2 1/4 - 3 hrs 1/4 cup 170°F
Whole fully cooked ham (bone-in) 12-16 lbs. 2 1/2-3 1/4 hrs None 140°F
Fully cooked ham half (bone-in) 6-8 lbs. 1 1/2 - 2 hrs None 140°F
8-10 lbs. 2 - 2 1/2 hrs None 140°F
Fully cooked ham half (boneless) 2-4 lbs. 1 - 1 3/4 hrs 1/2 cup 140°F
4-6 lbs. 1 1/4-1 3/4 hrs 1/2 cup 140°F
10-12 lbs. 2 1/4-2 3/4 hrs 1/2 cup 140°F
Smoked shank or rump half ham (spiral sliced, place cut side down) 8-10 lbs. 1 1/2-1 3/4 hrs None 140°F
Whole country ham (bone-in) 10-14 lbs. 3 1/2-4 1/2 hrs Soak covered in water 24 hours before cooking; drain. Add 4 cups fresh water to bag to cook. Fork Tender
Country ham half (bone-in) 5-7 lbs. 2 1/2 - 3 hrs Soak covered in water 24 hours before cooking; drain. Add 2 cups fresh water to bag to cook. Fork Tender
Oven Bag Instructions: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Add 1 tablespoon flour to the oven bag and distribute evenly on the inside of the bag prior to inserting the ham. Remove the ham from the oven when the meat thermometer reaches the temperature listed or when the meat is fork tender. If using a turkey-size oven bag for a ham smaller than 12 lbs., gather the oven bag loosely around the ham allowing room for heat circulation; then close the bag with a nylon tie, and cut away any excess oven bag.

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bam User
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"Great info! I have never cooked a ham in an oven bag but always do my turkeys in one. I think I am going to try this year's Easter ham in an oven bag. Thanks for providing the cooking times and temp."
CountryGirlAtHeart User
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"I love this chart because it shows cooking temperature, cooking time and a doneness reading for using a meat thermometer. I am going to print it out and throw it in one of my cookbooks."
AuntBea User
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"I have been cooking my fully cooked hams at 350 degrees but I see this chart says 325 degrees. I will have to try lowering my cooking temperature next time because the last couple of hams seemed a little dry. Thanks for the info!"
Gama User
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"Cooked a 7 lb. picnic ham in an oven bag according to the cooking temperature and time on this chart. Perfect . . . so juicy!"
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"I had never baked a ham before so I needed to know temperature and time to cook it at. Found this helpful chart of ham cooking times. I will have to add this to my favorites for future use too."
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