This Brown Sugar Glazed Ham recipe is easy, flavorful, and perfect for any holiday dinner. The simple ham glaze is made with brown sugar, honey, Dijon Mustard, and a couple other ingredients. Spread it over ham, bake in the oven, and it will come out super juicy and tasty. This baked ham will look beautiful at the center of your Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving table!
Why We Love This Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Recipe
- Simple. You only need a few ingredients to make the best ham glaze!
- Flavorful. The mix of brown sugar, honey, and mustard makes for something sweet, savory, and tangy.
- Moist. Basting the ham with glaze as it cooks makes it so juicy!
Variations on Brown Sugar Glaze for Ham
This simple brown sugar glaze for ham is perfect as it is if you ask me, but it’s an easy recipe to change up. In general, you only need a few main parts for a glaze: something sweet to complement the savory pork, something tangy or acidic to balance it out, and something to add a bit more flavor.
Some other things you can add: maple syrup for more sweetness; ground mustard, garlic powder, or onion powder; nutmeg, cloves, or another warm spice; pineapple or orange juice for something fruity and acidic; or aromatic and savory herbs like rosemary or oregano.
How to Store and Reheat
Store leftover brown sugar glazed ham in an airtight container, resealable bag, or wrapped in foil, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can wrap the whole/partial ham in layers of aluminum foil, or cut it into slices before storing. Enjoy cold, or reheat in the oven at 325°F until warmed through.
If you have extra ham glaze, store it in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3 days. You can gently reheat it on the stovetop and use it with your leftover ham.
How to Freeze
Freeze slices of baked ham in a freezer-safe resealable bag, for up to 3 months. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating and serving.
If you’re freezing just the brown sugar glaze for ham, properly store in an air-tight container and then freeze until ready. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator or microwave on low for 30-60 seconds at a time, stirring between, until thawed.
With this easy glazed ham at the center of your holiday table, whether it’s Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving, you’re going to want lots of delicious side dishes. Serve it up with roasted Brussels sprouts or green beans with molasses, Crockpot glazed carrots, and roasted potatoes or mashed potatoes.
And of course you’ll need dinner rolls or homemade Hawaiian rolls. For something fresh, start with this cucumber apple salad. For something extra sweet, add this ambrosia salad or jello salad to the table.
If you are planning on serving a ham during the holidays, it’s well worth the small effort to glaze it. Glazing adds color, texture, and flavor to the meat, and it’s as simple as heating all of the ingredients on the stovetop, and glazing while baking.
For the juiciest ham, you’ll want to look for a bone-in ham. Leaving the bone in will help keep the meat moist and flavorful throughout the cooking process. I recommend looking for a solid piece of ham rather than a spiral-cut one. A whole ham is great for a larger crowd, while a half ham is usually fine for a small family or group.
If you’re using a bone-in ham, you’ll want about ¾-pound per person. So, a 15-pound ham will serve about 20 people.
I recommend using a basting approach for this ham. After the first hour of cooking, baste the ham with ⅓ of the glaze, then let it cook for another hour and baste again. You should do this three times total over the course of cooking, then let the ham continue to cook all the way through. At the end of cooking, spread the remaining glaze over top.
Fully-cooked ham needs to reach 140°F (it will rise to 145F after resting). For this recipe, it will take about 10-14 minutes per pound at 325°F. For a 15-pound ham, that will take 2½-3½ hours. In general, for a whole, bone-in ham (10-16 pounds) estimate 12-18 minutes per pound. Smaller (half hams) and boneless hams will need slightly longer per pound. Pre-cooked hams will need less time per pound. Check this ham cooking guide for more details.
You will bake the ham both covered and uncovered at different points in the cooking process. Be sure to cover the pan with foil for the initial cooking period. Once you start glazing the ham, continue roasting uncovered. The direct heat will help to caramelize the brown sugar glaze and cook it into the pork.
The mix of ingredients in this recipe leads to a great consistency when simmered for a few minutes. You don’t want it to be too thick or cook too long, so don’t panic if it seems a little runny while cooking. It will thicken as it cools.
Use a sharp knife to score the top of the ham before baking and glazing. Place the ham on a cutting board and cut parallel lines about ½-inch deep and 1 inch apart across the entire ham. Turn the ham, and then repeat this process, cutting lines across the previous lines to create small diamond shapes. Scoring the ham allows the glaze to seep in for a more flavorful result.
More Glazed Ham Recipes To Try
- Honey Baked Ham
- Cranberry Glazed Ham (Air Fryer)
- Honey Mustard Maple Glazed Ham
- Orange Honey Glazed Ham
- Pecan Bourbon Glazed Ham
- Marmalade Glazed Ham
- Apple Ginger Glazed Ham
- Instant Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham
- …More Easter Ham Recipes!
“I served this ham recipe for Easter dinner. The best ham I ever made. Very moist and delicious with a glaze that was spot on.” -Joyce Whittington
How to Make Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Step by Step
Prep the Ham: Preheat your oven to 325°F. Place a 14-16 pound bone-in ham on a cutting board. Score the ham using a sharp knife to cut parallel lines about ½-inch deep and 1 inch apart across the entire ham. Turn the ham, and then repeat this process, cutting lines across the previous lines to create small diamond shapes.
Cook the Ham: Place the ham, flat side down, in a roasting pan. Pour 3 cups of water into the pan, then cover with foil. The ham should cook for about 12 minutes per pound total, but you’ll want to start the next step at the 1-hour mark.
Prepare the Glaze: After the ham has cooked for 1 hour, start making the glaze. Add 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of honey, ⅓ cup of Dijon mustard, ¼ cup of unsalted butter, ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar, 3 cloves of minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger to a saucepan set over medium heat. Once it starts bubbling, turn down the heat to low and continue to cook for a few more minutes. The glaze may seem runny at first, but it will thicken up as it sits.
Glaze the Ham: Remove the ham from the oven, spread ⅓ of the glaze over the ham, and return to the oven without the foil. Continue cooking for another hour.
Glaze Again: After 1 hour, remove the ham from the oven again, and spread another ⅓ of the glaze over the ham. Cook for the remaining time based the weight of your ham (again, 12 minutes per pound).
Rest and Carve: Remove the ham from the oven and spread the remaining glaze over the ham. Let the ham rest for at least 15 minutes before carving.