Brown Sugar Glazed Ham – The Country Cook

Cooked to perfection, this Brown Sugar Glazed ham is full of flavor! Brushed with a thick glaze, it comes out so tender and is the perfect holiday centerpiece!

A TASTY HOLIDAY HAM RECIPE

When it comes to a holiday main dish, you absolutely cannot go wrong with this Brown Sugar Glazed Ham. With a delicious glaze that is baked to sticky perfection, there is no lack of flavor when it comes to this recipe! This ham will definitely be the star centerpiece to any of your holiday gatherings. Ham is my personal favorite holiday dish so I take it very seriously. Let me show you step-by-step how to make this beautifully delicious ham!

Carved Brown Sugar Glazed ham on plate in front of whole ham.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What size ham do I need?

For this recipe you will want to find a 10 pound bone-in ham. You will want to find as close to 10 pounds as you can so the cooking times and ingredients used will work.

Why do I add the glaze 3 times?

Adding the glaze in steps ensures that the ham gets layered in the flavor. If you add it all at once it will drip off off into the pan and not stick to the ham for the maximum flavor.

Can I use the pan drippings?

Yes! We absolutely love using the pan drippings as a sauce over the slices. We also cut all the meat off the bone, then thinly slice it. Then we add the slices back into the drippings in the pan and then serve ourselves from there. It keeps the ham moist while adding even more flavor to it.

Can I use another mustard?

Want a little twist? You can add whole grain mustard or spicy brown mustard for a different but equally tasty flavor!

How do I know when my ham is done?

The ham can be removed from the oven when a kitchen thermometer inserted into the thickest part (without touching bone) reaches 130 degrees F. The ham will then need to rest where it will continue to warm up until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F which is the recommended safe eating temperature according to food safety guidelines. So make sure you let your ham rest the allotted amount of time so it can reach the proper internal temperature.

What does it mean when the ham says “precooked”?

Most hams sold in US grocery stores are precooked, meaning that they have already been cooked and reheating is what you are technically doing to the ham. It is rare to find a raw ham at a regular grocery store. You can look at the label on your ham and it will usually say cured, smoked or baked or obviously precooked. They all mean the same thing, that reheating is what you are doing with the ham itself. This is why we go through the process of heating it using various recipes like this one and making sure that the internal temperature at the end is 145 degrees F. Precooked hams are a way to extend the shelf life of the ham itself. Regardless of what the label says, you will need to cook your ham again to make it warmed and safe to consume.

Can I use a spiral cut him?

I have not tested this recipe using a spiral cut ham since I am not a fan. Although they are convenient, in my opinion, spiral cut hams tend to dry out too easily. I would stick to the bone-in him for this recipe.

What if I don’t have ground cloves?

If you don’t have ground cloves, you can use ground cinnamon in its place or just leave it out completely.

How do you store leftovers?

This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 5 days. You can also freeze this him. Slice it all up and place in a freezer safe container and it will keep for up to 3 months. To defrost, remove to the refrigerator overnight until thawed. The best way to reheat leftovers is to heat them in the drippings on the stovetop or oven.

Pinterest image of carved Brown Sugar Glazed Ham on plate with whole ham on plate in back.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • bone-in him
  • unsalted chicken stock
  • pineapple juice
  • light brown sugar
  • yellow mustard
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • ground cloves
Ingredients needed: bone-in ham, unsalted chicken stock, pineapple juice, light brown sugar, yellow mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and ground cloves.

HOW TO MAKE A BROWN SUGAR GLAZED HAM:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Take a large piece of foil and make it into a ring, place it in the middle of your roasting pan, and set aside.

Tin foil ring placed into bottom of baking pan.

Remove any fat from the ham if desired. Keeping some on helps keep the hair moist. Place the ham, cut side down onto the tin foil ring.

Ham placed on top of tin foil ring in baking pan.

Score all over the outside of the ham into a diamond-shaped pattern.

Knife scoring him.

Mix the chicken stock and ½ cup of pineapple juice together, and pour this into the roasting pan.

Chicken stock and pineapple juice mixed together being poured into baking pan.

In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ¼ cup pineapple juice, brown sugar, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, and cloves until combined.

Pineapple juice, brown sugar, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, and cloves mixed together in bowl.

Brush ⅓ of the glaze all over the ham.

⅓ of the glaze being brushed over him in the baking pan.

Cover the pan, not touching the ham, with a large piece of foil. You may need two overlapping pieces of foil to fit. Bake for an hour and a half to two hours until an internal temperature reaches 110°F.

Him tented with tin foil.

Remove the foil and turn the oven up to 375°F. Brush half of the remaining glaze all over the ham. Bake an additional 20-30 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 130°F.

More glaze being brushed over cooked him.

Turn the broiler on low. Brush the ham with the remaining glaze and broil until the glaze becomes bubbly and caramelizes on the outside of the ham. Make sure to keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t burn.

Finished Brown Sugar Glazed Ham in baking pan.

Remove from the oven and let the ham rest for 20 minutes before slicing (don’t skip this step!) Serve with the drippings as a quick, delicious sauce over the ham slices.

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham on platter with parsley garnishes.

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Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Cooked to perfection, this Brown Sugar Glazed ham is full of flavor! Brushed with a thick glaze, this ham is a foolproof recipe that comes out so tender!

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Courses: Main course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Rest Time:: 20 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Servings: 12

Calories: 990kcal

Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Take a large piece of foil and make it into a ring, place it in the middle of your roasting pan, and set aside.

  • Remove any fat from the ham if desired. Keeping some on helps keep the hair moist. Place the ham, cut side down onto the tin foil ring.

  • Score all over the outside of the ham into a diamond-shaped pattern.

  • Mix the chicken stock and ½ cup of pineapple juice together, and pour this into the roasting pan.

  • In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ¼ cup pineapple juice, brown sugar, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, and cloves until combined.

  • Brush ⅓ of the glaze all over the ham.

  • Cover the pan, not touching the ham, with a large piece of foil. You may need two overlapping pieces of foil to fit. Bake for an hour and a half to two hours until an internal temperature reaches 110°F.

  • Remove the foil and turn the oven up to 375°F. Brush half of the remaining glaze all over the ham. Bake an additional 20-30 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 130°F.

  • Turn the broiler on low. Brush the ham with the remaining glaze and broil until the glaze becomes bubbly and caramelizes on the outside of the ham. Make sure to keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t burn.

  • Remove from the oven and let the ham rest for 20 minutes before slicing. Do not skip this step!

  • Serve with the drippings as a quick, delicious sauce over the ham slices if desired.

Notes

  • Make sure your ham says precooked.
  • Substitute the ground cloves with cinnamon, or leave them out completely.
  • This can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  • Make sure that you let this rest for the allotted amount of time.
  • Make sure you are using a bone-in ham as close to 10 pounds as you can get.

Nutrition

Calories: 990kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 83g | Dish: 64g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 30g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 234mg | Sodium: 4611mg | Potassium: 1156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values ​​are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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