Sugar Shack Ham (with Beer and Maple Syrup)

Pork / Recipes with Maple Syrup

1 portion
Metric Imperial


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 strong beer of your choice
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 1/3 + 1/4 cup maple syrup (preferably dark syrup for its robust flavour)
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste.
  • 1 2.5-kg (5 1/2-lbs) smoked pork shoulder (bone in)


  1. Melt butter in a large casserole over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté.
  2. Add the beer, chicken or beef broth, 60 ml (1/4 cup) of maple syrup, mustard, spices and pepper. Mix well to blend the mustard in and bring to a boil.
  3. Place the pork in the casserole. Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is tender.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF).
  5. Remove the pork from the casserole; remove the string from around the shoulder (remove the skin and trim off some fat, if desired) and place in an oven-proof dish.
  6. Cook the broth mixture until it is reduced by half.  Add the remaining 60 ml (1/4 cup) maple syrup.
  7. Baste the meat with broth and place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Baste frequently.
  8. Carve the pork and serve with your choice of vegetables.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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More about Maple

Maple syrup comes in four classifications, according to colour and taste.

At the start of sugaring season, syrup is generally clear, with a lightly sweet taste. It becomes darker and caramelized as the season goes on.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

100% pure maple butter contains no butter or dairy.

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple butter comes from the sap of the maple tree… and that’s all.