Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Thick, savory, and coated with a sweet glaze this Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is sure to be a star on your holiday table!

Glaze being poured over a baked ham.

This Brown Sugar Glazed Ham recipe is the perfect combination of savory and sweet for the Holiday season. Ham might not be the “main” protein on our holiday table, but it is always the most flavorful one! I use my delicious Brown Sugar Glaze recipe with some tweaks to really make this ham come to life!

I love serving this ham on my Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas table alongside my Red Skin Mashed Potatoes and Vegan Pecan Pie for dessert.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for brown sugar glazed ham.

Brown Sugar – This is the star of the show in this recipe! I use this for a rub and a glaze so that there’s double the deliciousness!

Honey & Butter – These are almost hidden ingredients in this recipe. They are combined together and rubbed all over the ham before cooking to give the ham some extra moisture and flavor.

For a full list of ingredients and amounts, please see the recipe card below.

How to Make Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Step #1: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step #2: Trim off excess fat from the bone-in ham if needed and place the ham in a roasting pan lined with aluminum foil.

Step #3: Next, melt the butter and honey together and brush or massage it over the ham, ensuring you get some between the slices.

Butter and honey in a small white bowl.

Step #4: Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes (or 10 minutes per pound if your ham is larger or smaller than 8 lbs.)

Step #5: While the ham is cooking create your glaze. In a bowl combine the brown sugar, season salt, onion powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, and paprika and mix together.

Brown sugar and spices in a glass bowl before mixing.

Step #6: After the ham has finished cooking, remove it and turn the broiler on high.

Step #7: Take half of the brown sugar and spices mixture and pat it over the top of the baked ham. Once coated, broil for 1 minute or until bubbly and caramelized.

Brown sugar mixture patted on the outside of the ham.

Step #8: Take the other half of the sugar mixture and add it to a small saucepan and add in 3 Tablespoons of ham juice (or water if you prefer) and boil on the stovetop over medium heat for 1 minute.

Brown sugar glaze cooking in a saucepan.

Step #9: Finally, pour the glaze over the ham, serve and enjoy!

Sliced ham sitting on a serving plate.

FAQs

What do I do if my Brown Sugar Ham Glaze is too thin?

If your glaze is too thin you can mix together 1 tsp of water and 1 tsp of cornstarch. Add it into the glaze to thicken it up.

What if my Brown Sugar Glaze is too thick?

Add in another Tablespoon of water or ham juice until you reach your desired consistency.

Storage and Reheating

You can store any leftover ham in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 3-4 days. If you’re wondering what to do with the leftovers, take a slice to make an elevated version of my Croque Monsieur.

To reheat this recipe, you can do so in your oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also reheat in the microwave until everything has warmed through.

Side Dishes to Serve with Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

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Thick, savory, and coated with a sweet glaze this Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is sure to be a star on your holiday table!

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Recipe

Thick, savory, and coated with a sweet glaze this Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is sure to be a star on your holiday table!
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Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 430kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 8 lb. bone-in spiral ham - fully cooked
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp butter - melted
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
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Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Trim off excess fat from the ham if needed and place it in a roasting pan lined with aluminum foil.
  • Melt the butter and honey together and brush or massage over the ham, ensuring you get some between the slices.
  • Cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes (or 10 minutes per pound if your ham is larger or smaller than 8 lbs.)
  • While the ham is cooking in a bowl combine the brown sugar, season salt, onion powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, and paprika and mix together.
  • After the ham has finished cooking, remove it and turn the broiler on high.
  • Take half of the brown sugar mixture and pat it over the top of the ham. Once coated, broil for 1 minute or until bubbly and caramelized
  • Take the other half of the sugar mixture and add it to a small pot or saucepan and add in 3 Tablespoons of ham juice (or water if you prefer) and boil on the stovetop for 1 minute.
  • Pour the glaze over the ham, serve and enjoy!

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NOTES

Serving size is based on ½ lb. serving.
You can store any leftover ham in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 3-4 days. 
To reheat this recipe, you can do so in your oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also reheat in the microwave until everything has warmed through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 2700mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg

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