Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Recipe: The brown sugar coating on this ham makes for a sweet and salty, caramelized exterior over a juicy, tender interior, making it ideal for a large Christmas gathering.
This easy recipe equips you with everything you need to glaze your own ham at home for great flavor and a gratifying and tasty end product, making it a perfect addition to any holiday feast.
Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
You either love turkey or ham, but which side of the holiday protein dispute are you on? I enjoy a combination of the two on my plate, and if you share my appreciation for ham, you’re going to enjoy this brown sugar-glazed ham dish. Starting with a pre-cooked ham, adding the tasty glaze ingredients, and baking for a few hours is all that’s required to prepare this dish. Of course, you’re free to start with an uncooked ham if that’s what you want; just make sure it reaches an appropriate internal temperature before serving.
This recipe always yields ham that is tender, juicy, and full of flavor, with just a hint of sweetness and saltiness. It’s great for a large family or a party over the holidays. The leftover glazed ham is delicious on rolls, in sandwiches, or by itself with the other holiday fixings. You and your guests will go crazy over this simple yet luxurious ham dish!
What You Need To Make This Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Recipe?
These ingredients are simple and easily available:
Cooked ham: Bone-in, spiral sliced is a great choice, about 15 pounds
Brown sugar: A must! Traditional ham glaze is made from brown sugar, honey, fruit juice, Dijon mustard, and vinegar.
Orange juice: You can swap it with ½ cup apricot preserves or jam.
Honey: Adding honey to the glaze ingredients results in a shiny, sweet, and ridiculously moist ham.
White vinegar: A common ingredient to make ham glaze
Yellow mustard: Has a crisp, tart-and-tangy flavor that balanced the sweet and the savory flavor
Cinnamon: Gives the ham a sweet, warm taste with an intense aroma
Steps To Make Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, orange juice, honey, white vinegar, yellow mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, and cinnamon using a whisk.
Onion powder, garlic powder, and cinnamon:
Step 2: Sugar has to be dissolved, so cook this over medium heat.
Step 3: Wrap the ham securely in foil after brushing it with a third of the glaze.
brushing it with a third of the glaze:
Step 4: Ham should be cooked thoroughly in the oven to between 100 and 110 degrees F. Then, take it out of the oven.
Step 5: Remove the foil.
Step 6: The ham should be returned to the oven and basted with another one-third of the glaze.
Step 7: Take out of the oven and brush with the remaining glaze.
Step 8: Leave the ham covered with foil for 10 minutes to rest before slicing and serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Ham with glaze? Do you really need it?
Although it’s not required, I recommend glazing your ham before baking so that the meat stays lovely and juicy. This glaze is perfect for salty ham since it has a balanced sweetness and savory flavor.
Directions for cooking a pre-cooked ham
My go-to method for enhancing the flavor and texture of precooked ham is to glaze it. Prepare the ham by brushing it with a third of the glaze, covering it in foil, and baking it at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. For every pound of beef, you should allow 15 minutes of cooking time. The meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of 100 to 110 degrees F.
Take it out of the oven and crank up the heat to 400 degrees F. Uncover the dish, add another third of the glaze, and bake for 15–20 minutes more, or until the glaze is caramelized. After ten minutes in the oven, remove the ham, brush over the remaining glaze, and tent it with foil.
When did I get a tough ham?
Tender ham can only be achieved by a low and prolonged cooking process. Due to its thick nature, ham is best cooked at a moderate temperature for an extended period to get the desired results; succulent, flavorful, and melt-in-your-mouth ham. Cooking time for glazing and reheating a precooked 15-pound ham will average around three hours in the oven.
How do you prevent the ham from drying out?
Ham can be kept wet with the use of water, stock, or a glaze. The meat stays juicy and tender if you cover it firmly with foil for the duration of the cooking period.
Delicious Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Recipe
Brown sugar glazed ham is a simple, delectable dish for juicy ham with a sweet and salty, caramelized crust, ideal for a holiday supper.
- Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 hour
- Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: Serves 15 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: American
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 large fully cooked ham (bone-in, spiral sliced is fine), about 15 lbs
½ c. orange juice
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp yellow mustard
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
Take the ham out of the fridge at least two hours before serving. This ensures that the meat cooks evenly in the oven.
Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Brown sugar, orange juice, honey, white vinegar, yellow mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, and cinnamon are combined in a small saucepan and whisked together.
Make sure the sugar is dissolved and the sauce is simmering over medium heat. Keep on low heat for 1–2 minutes, or until desired thickness is reached. Take the pan off the heat.
Wrap the ham in two overlapping big sheets of foil that you have torn from the roll.
The ham should be positioned in the middle of the foil.
Wrap the ham securely in foil after brushing it with a third of the glaze.
Arrange the ham skin-side down in a baking dish (mine fits in a 9×13-inch pan).
Ham should be cooked thoroughly in the oven to between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. (15 minutes per pound of beef is a good estimate.) Take it out of the oven.
Raise the oven’s heat to a scorching 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Unwrap the ham very gently (either throw away the foil or open it up and allow it to line the bottom of the pan).
Return the ham to the oven after brushing it with another third of the glaze.
Allow the ham to continue cooking for another 15–20 minutes, or until the glaze has caramelized and turned a dark, sticky color but is not burnt.
Take the ham out of the oven. Then, brush the ham with the remaining glaze.
Leave the ham covered with foil for 10 minutes to rest before slicing and serving.
If using uncooked ham, ensure that the internal temperature of the meat meets the correct temperature before serving.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 1022
- Sugar: 16 g
- Sodium: 316.5 mg
- Fat: 42.9 g
- Carbohydrates: 16.6 g
- Protein: 133.6 g
- Cholesterol: 426.4 mg
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