Boiled Country Ham

Psalms 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.


I love fried country ham,  but a boiled country ham is just about the best!

The only drawback with boiling a country ham is it’s not instant gratification.  It takes over 24 hours before you can eat it, and that’s after you have boiled it for an hour or so.

But, I will have to say it is well worth the wait.

Since we aren’t big turkey fans we often boil a ham for Thanksgiving!


1 country ham


Wash your ham and place it in a lard stand.  Don’t have a lard stand? Get one here:

Fill stand with water until water is at least 1 inch over the top of the ham and cover.

Bring to a boil over high heat and let it boil for about an hour to an hour and a half.

Remove from heat and set it on an old blanket or several newspapers.

Wrap the outside of the lard stand with newspapers and then wrap in several blankets.  You will need to secure the blankets with some type of rope.

Leave it this way for at least 24 hours.  The blankets hold in the heat and the ham keeps cooking.

After the 24 hours, unwrap your stand.  Remove the lid, the contents will still be very hot, so be careful.

Dip out as much water as you can and let the ham sit for about 30 minutes to cool it a bit.

After 30 minutes or so, sit your pan that  ham is going in right beside the stand.

Carefully and quickly, transfer the ham from the stand to your pan.  Be very careful, the ham will still be very hot.

Let rest for another 15 minutes or so and then cut up into pieces.

Yum, Yum!


3 responses

  1. What is a lard stand and where can I purchase one? I have heard of cooing a country ham like and would like to try it. Thank You!


    1. Hi Peggy, thanks for visiting. I purchased my lard stand from a local hardware store in my hometown years ago. If you have a hardware store in your town (Ace Hardware, or a mom and pop store) I would check there first. You can probably order one from Amazon if you can’t find one local. Hope this helps.


      1. Most lard stands leaks when boiling


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