How to Make Brown Sugar Ham Glaze


Baking a ham is something every cook should know how to do. A simple brown sugar glazed ham is the ultimate dinner party or holiday main course. It steals the show every time with its sweet and savory flavors, and its simple downright deliciousness. Best of all, it's easy to make at home. All you'll need is a smoked ham and a few other ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now. So yes, you can leave those honey baked hams at the store! I promise that your homemade ham will be so much yummier!

(Image: Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Harvest)

Things You'll Need

  • 1 (7-9 pound) bone-in smoked ham, sliced or unsliced (I prefer non-sliced)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup spicy or whole grain mustard
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider
  • Sliced oranges and fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
(Image: Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Harvest)

Step 1: Preheat the Oven and Score the Ham

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Using a sharp chef's knife, make diagonal cuts about 1 inch apart on the ham creating a cross-hatch pattern. Scoring the ham will help the glaze to really sink in and create an amazing flavor.

(Image: Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Harvest)


  • If you bought a spiral cut ham, you will not need to score it. CAUTION: While buying a spiral cut ham is convenient for slicing, it does tend to dry out easily in the oven. For this reason I prefer buying a non cut ham.

Step 2: Bake the Ham

Place the ham in a roasting pan. Bake, uncovered for 1 hour or until the ham is warmed through.

Step 3: Prepare the Glaze

While the ham is baking, gather all your ingredients to make the glaze.

(Image: Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Harvest)

Step 4: Boil the Glaze

Add the brown sugar, honey, mustard and apple cider vinegar to a small sauce pan. Set the pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil the glaze for 3 to 5 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside until it's time to glaze the ham.

(Image: Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Harvest)


  • You can double the recipe for the brown sugar glaze and use half for the glaze and the other half for serving along side the ham for extra sweetness!

Step 5: Glaze the Ham

Remove the ham from the oven. Using a pastry brush, brush the glaze generously all over the ham. Make sure to really get the glaze into all the nooks and crannies of the ham. Place the ham back in the oven and continue cooking for 30 to 45 minutes or until the ham has caramelized and is dark golden brown in color.

(Image: Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Harvest)
(Image: Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Harvest)


  • If your ham is getting too dark on top before it's done cooking, cover the ham with foil.

(Image: Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Harvest)

Step 6: Carve the Ham and Serve

Place the ham on a cutting board and slice into thin slices. Add the ham to a serving plate and drizzle with any juices left from the roasting pan. Garnish with fresh oranges and parsley if desired. Eat!

(Image: Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Harvest)
(Image: Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Harvest)
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