Brown sugar glazed ham is a tradition for Easter and it's so easy to make at home. Just a few basic ingredients are all you need for a delicious main entrée for your holiday dinner.
Baked ham is probably the most common Easter dish I can think of. Many people like to buy it already prepared and some will purchase pre-cut hams (spiral hams) that come with a glaze packet. I've done both in the past but today I'm sharing the old fashioned do-it-yourself version with a semi-boneless ham and a recipe for a brown sugar glaze.
Like many meat varieties, people often say that bone-in hams give the best flavor. Boneless hams are easier to cut but they are really just parts processed together.
To make sure that the glaze penetrates the ham you need to score it. Just cut into the ham about 1/4 inch in long slices about one inch apart. Then turn the ham slightly and repeat so that you have criss-cross diagonal cuts all over the ham.
This brown sugar glaze is sweet and a tiny bit spicy. I think adding a little spice adds a great depth of flavor to anything that is extra sweet.
You could cover a pan with foil but I just sprayed it with vegetable spray. Mind you it will get pretty messy, but a good soak with soap and water will do the job.
Halfway through the cooking process I pull out the ham and add more glaze. As you can see it gets very dark. If you want you can cover it lightly with foil but we really liked the flavor.
Yum, this brown sugar glazed ham was tender, juicy, and had a wonderful sweet and spicy flavor from the glaze. I cut it in thick pieces however, you could use an electric knife to make very think slices if you prefer. Either way, it will taste great.
Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Recipe
- 8 pound semi-boneless ham
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup of water
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Make the glaze by combining all ingredients in a saucepan.
- Heat and stir until well combined.
- Simmer for 5 minutes on med-low heat stirring until all ingredients have dissolved.
- Remove glaze from heat.
- Score ham by slicing the outside in 1/2 inch increments about 1/4 inch into the ham. Then at an angle across the first score marks.
- Set the ham into a deep baking pan that was sprayed with cooking oil.
- Brush on the glaze liberally all over the ham.
- Bake for 1 hour. Remove and re-glaze
- Bake for 1 additional hour.
- Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Carve thick or thin slices.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.