Ham Takes Center Stage this Easter

Consumer Sweepstakes Rewards Those Grabbing Easter to Go


Columbia, Mo.,—With Easter just days away, Missourians may be wondering how to make the most of their Sunday meal. Some may be preparing the traditional Easter ham for the very first time. Others may choose to order Easter dinner from a local restaurant offering to-go service. And we’ve got the tips to help make your celebration a success.


Easter at Home

For those choosing to stay home, there are numerous ways to prepare your ham. Start by choosing either a bone-in or boneless ham. While bone-in hams are more traditional and elegant, boneless are much easier to serve. Bone-in will typically serve two to three people per pound and can be spiral cut for easier table service. Boneless hams will yield four to five servings per pound. While a typical ham will serve much more than the normal family size, the options for leftover ham are endless. Go beyond the typical ham sandwich with recipes like Ham and Cheese Muffins, Ham Jambalaya, Ham and Rigatoni Casserole and more.


Most hams come fully cooked and can be served cold. If you prefer to heat your ham, simply unwrap and heat to an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If you purchase an uncooked ham, heat to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, about 20-30 minutes per pound in a 350 degree oven.


You’ll also need to choose how to cook your ham. From oven to smoker to crock pot to Instant Pot, cooking methods come in many forms. Try this Sweet Southern Slow Cooker Ham in the crock pot, or Spiced Grilled Ham with Citrus Glaze on the grill. Visit pork.org/cooking for great recipes, or visit the National Pork Board on Facebook for great tips and tricks.


Easter to Go

For those who would rather let others do the cooking, many of Missouri’s local restaurants will be offering an Easter meal for pick up. And this year when you order your meal, you could win a $100 gift card through the National Pork Board’s Easter to Go Sweepstakes. To enter, simply order your Easter meal that includes ham, pork or bacon, post a photo of your meal on Instagram, tag @NationalPorkBoard and the name of the restaurant, and include #EasterToGo in your post. Two lucky winners in Missouri will receive a $100 gift card.


No purchase necessary to enter or win. Sponsored by the National Pork Board. Starts 4/11/20, ends 4/13/20. For full official rules, eligibility and total prize ARV by region, see Sponsor’s website pork.org/eastertogo. Odds of winning may vary. Void where prohibited.


The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call the office at (573) 445-8375.


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