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maple-mustard glazed fresh pork roast

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I hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend! Those of you that got Easter Monday off, I hope today’s jump back into the working world wasn’t too much of a shock to your candy-coated system.

Our Easter was pretty laid back, as it always is. We don’t celebrate the actual holiday, but I’m always looking for an excuse to cook a fancier-than-normal meal and do something a little special—and Easter fits that bill for us. We started off the morning with a nice long hike with Puppyface and then I came in and headed straight to the kitchen for some pork prep!

This beautiful eight pound ham came from the pig that my family splits once a year. Babyface and I didn’t originally get a ham out of it (because really, how are two people going to get through eight pounds of pork?), but a few months ago, my Mama walked into the door of our apartment with a frozen ham in tow and said, “Here! Want a ham? It’s yours!” When you buy meat in bulk as a family—we buy both pork and beef direct from the farmer—it plays musical chairs from household to household. No one wants anything to go to waste, but we also want to make sure to get the cuts that our little family unit really likes. Pretty much every time we see anyone in our family there is some behind-the-scenes meat trading going on. So thus, this pretty cut of meat was ours.

You may be a little bit confused because I’m using the words “ham” and “pork” interchangeably. When I say “ham” you probably think of the salty, delicious, smoked, cured, spiral-sliced variety that is often served at Christmas or Easter. Most of the time, when you head to the store to buy ham, that’s what you are getting. But technically, “ham” is just the word for the cut of meat—the thigh portion of a pig. This recipe is not for the standard ham—it’s for fresh, raw ham. To avoid confusion, I called this a pork roast, because that’s exactly what it is—juicy, full of pork flavor and tender. If you like pork loin or pork chops, you’ll love roasting a fresh ham.

Where does one get a giganzo fresh ham? Well, you could do as we do and buy directly from the source. I can’t speak highly enough of buying meat in bulk from a responsible farmer with sustainable and humane farming practices. It’s cheap, available, healthy, and so much more flavorful than what you’d find in the store. If dropping a handful of Benjamins on meat isn’t your bag, some local butchers will also carry fresh hams. In a pinch, this recipe can be scaled down and used on smaller cuts of pork. Most regular grocery stores carry pork loins.

This was a perfect Easter dinner. As you can see, along side we had a nice pile of roasted Brussels. What you can’t see are the homemade pierogi courtesy of my culinary superstar husband. It was some good eatin’.

And now, we just have to figure out what to do with 7 1/2 pounds of pork roast. Sandwiches for life!

Maple-Mustard Glazed Fresh Pork Roast

Maple-Mustard Glazed Fresh Pork Roast

Yield: 30 servings
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 12 hours

Get your hands on a fresh ham (not a smoked ham!), and make a sweet-savory roast.

Adapted from: Cooking Light


  • 6-8 pound fresh ham
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup cumin
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup coriander
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard


  1. Using a sharp knife, score the outside of the ham in a diamond pattern. Place ham in a roasting pan.
  2. Mix all dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Spread dry rub over the entire surface of the ham. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to prepare ham, remove from fridge and let rest at room temperature for an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°. When oven is hot, uncover ham and roast in oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and continue roasting.
  5. After 30 minutes at 350°, combine all glaze ingredients in a medium bowl. Remove ham from oven and pour glaze over ham. Using a pastry brush, brush run off onto sides of ham. Return to oven and roast at 350° for 2-1/2-3 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted near the bone registers 150°. Baste every 20-30 minutes while cooking.
  6. Remove from oven and let rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 1663mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 28g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.


What’d you have for Easter dinner?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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5 Responses
  1. Jackie

    I am always looking for pork recipes as we too split a pig with another family. One of our children has kidney disease so we are sodium restricted and a fresh ham is something people don’t understand!
    Since I just decided to pull this appx 4-5 lbs roast out of the freezer, I guess Monday will be the day this piggie becomes din din!
    So, to my question…. With fresh ham cooking waaaay faster, and knowing I will adjust my ham due to weight being smaller, is this not too long, still, to cook? I have over cooked before due to the fact that it’s fresh and worry. Any thoughts or comments very welcomed!

  2. Wow!! This looks juicy and delicious, and just incredible!!! Pork is something that I just don’t cook often enough. I manage to screw it up too often and it ends up dry (unless I throw it in the crock pot). I love the spice rub and the glaze for this! And my husband would be very, very happy if I made it (or I could just tell him to make it…)
    We had pork as the protein for our wedding. It had an apricot glaze and was one of the tastiest foods I’ve ever eaten!

  3. This looks so freaking good, my mouth is watering!!! We had a honeybaked ham, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, macaroni salad, deviled eggs and a cherry/pineapple/cool whip dessert dish my Grandma brought. I ate entirely too much food for sure, but it was all amazing and cooked with love 🙂

  4. elizabeth reisner

    I have a tried n true pork marinade recipe that I never break away from, but I may have to try this one. It looks amazing!

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