How to Glaze a Honey Baked Ham

Use honey to give baked ham a sweet touch.
Use honey to give baked ham a sweet touch. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

If you like sweet-tasting baked ham, coat it with a honey glaze before cooking it. The glaze will caramelize as it bakes, giving the ham a sweet coating. Make your own honey glaze so you can customize it to your tastes. Experiment with a variety of ingredients, such as mustard or cinnamon, until you create a glaze that you and your family love. Honey-glazed baked hams make tasty holiday dinner main courses, and you can enjoy the leftovers for several days after the event.

Things You'll Need

  • Roasting pan
  • Small saucepan
  • 1/2-cup honey
  • 1/2-cup brown sugar
  • 1/4-tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1-tbsp. orange juice
  • Pastry brush
  • Food thermometer

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Preheat your oven to 325-degrees Fahrenheit. Set the fully cooked bone-in ham on a roasting pan rack fat-side up. Cook the ham uncovered for two hours.

Create a ham glaze by blending a 1/2-cup of honey, 1/2-cup of brown sugar, 1/4-tsp. of ground cinnamon and 1-tbsp. of orange juice in a small saucepan. Turn the heat to "medium-high" and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat.

Remove the ham from the oven and cover it with half of the honey glaze. Use a pastry brush to spread the glaze evenly over the ham. If the ham is pre-sliced, be sure to spread the glaze into the cuts as well. Continue baking the ham for 30 minutes.

Remove the ham from the oven and brush it with the remaining honey glaze. Bake the ham for another 30 minutes, or until its internal temperature registers 140-degrees Fahrenheit on a food thermometer.


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