1 c. brown sugar
¼ c. finely chopped pecans
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tbsp. Chinese five-spice powder
1 good quality cooked ham
2 medium onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, pecans, butter, and five-spice powder to create a fine, crumbly mixture. Using your hands, rub mixture onto ham.
In the bottom of a heavy roasting pan, scatter onions; then add 2 cups water. Place ham atop bed of onions and roast until glaze is glistening and deep brown, 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure water hasn’t evaporated (add 1/4 to 1/2 cup more, as needed).
Slice ham and top with pan juices, including onions. If sauce is too thin, pour liquid into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and reduce until desired consistency is achieved.