Brown Sugar Ham Glaze made from brown sugar, orange juice, honey, and spices is the PERFECT addition to a holiday ham and only takes 5 minutes to make!
We love making a traditional ham recipes for Christmas or Easter dinner, and this year we’re serving it with Creamy Bacon Pea Salad, Classic Steakhouse Creamed Spinach, and finishing off with Ultimate Apple Crisp!
BROWN SUGAR HAM GLAZE
Ham Glaze is sweet and spiced, and absolutely necessary if you want your ham to have the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and shiny. In my house, glazed ham is almost a given when the holidays roll around, and brown sugar glaze has been my go-to add-on for years already.
I usually bake a spiral ham with whole cloves, but this glaze will really work with any baked ham you buy. This recipe is perfect for a baked ham that’s about 5-8 pounds, if your ham is bigger consider doubling the recipe.
While the ham is roasting in the oven, be prepared for the house to smell like absolute heaven. Baked ham also makes great leftover ham recipes the next day like sandwiches, ham and eggs, or if you have a bone-in one you can make soup. It’s one of those super versatile dinners that you really get your money out of.
In fact if you’re looking for a leftover ham recipe you HAVE to make these leftover ham soup recipes, the Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup is one of the most popular recipes on the site and the Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup uses the bone too!
WHEN SHOULD I ADD THE HAM GLAZE TO THE HAM?
Most ham recipes should be glazed towards the end of cooking, so the sugar doesn’t have a chance to caramelize too much. When there’s about 20-30 minutes of total time left to your baked ham, pour the brown sugar glaze over the top and put back in the oven to bake uncovered. When it’s done, you can pull it out of the oven and baste it with the pan juices. Add any additional glaze as needed during or after the roasting.
CAN YOU GLAZE HAM THE DAY BEFORE?
You don’t want to glaze a baked ham the day before because the glaze should really be added towards the end of the cook time, otherwise you run the risk of burning the sugar in the glaze. You can glaze a pre-cooked ham the day before if it’s small and won’t take more than 30 minutes in the oven, because you’re really just reheating it.
Most pre-cooked hams will take about 10 minutes per pound to bake. But honestly this brown sugar glaze is so easy and quick to make that it would be easier to throw it together the day of anyway.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A PINEAPPLE GLAZE OR MAPLE GLAZE FOR HAM?
Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze and Maple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham are two of the more popular ham recipes, aside from regular brown sugar glazed ham. They’re so popular I made a slow cooker version of the Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham in case you’re feeling in a tropical mood!
Make a glazed maple ham by subbing the honey in this brown sugar glaze with maple syrup. For a pineapple glaze, add pineapple juice instead of orange juice, and decorate the baked ham with sliced pineapple rings.
Another popular option that uses brown sugar and honey is my really popular HoneyBaked Ham (Copycat) which tastes JUST like the original with no blowtorch needed!
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HOW DO YOU GLAZED HAM WITH HONEY AND MUSTARD?
Using this same recipe, whisk in an additional 3 tablespoons of dijon mustard, yellow mustard, or whole-grain in. The recipe already contains honey, and the brown sugar will add a really nice sweet and savory flavor to the sugar glaze.
HOW DO YOU MAKE GLAZED HAM STEAK?
Make a glazed ham steak by brushing each side of the steak with a tablespoon or two of your favorite glaze. Then cook the glazed steak according to the recipe, adding any additional glaze as necessary.
You can also preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and bake the glazed steak in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until warmed through.
TIPS FOR MAKING HAM GLAZE
- If you use dark brown sugar for this brown sugar ham glaze, you will get a deeper molasses flavor. If you want a sweeter glaze, use light brown sugar.
- You can make a quick glaze out of preserves like apricot or blueberry!
- Replace the orange juice with apple cider for a different holiday flavor.
- Serve your baked ham with additional mustard on the side for dipping. If you made a sweet glaze with brown sugar, the tangy flavor of the mustard will perfectly compliment it. I use dijon mustard, honey mustard, or yellow mustard.
- Traditionally this glaze uses cinnamon, but you can also add nutmeg, ground cloves, or allspice to the sauce.
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- Bring the ingredients to a boil together on medium heat and cook for 3-4 minutes to thicken before pouring onto ham and baking.
- If it cools too much it can harden, just reheat to loosen.
Excellent glaze, thank you so much for sharing.
Best glaze EVER
Very similar to my glaze last year but I have butter in mine, no cinnamon & it was a larger portion so I reduced it a bit longer. Now I have to remember the recipe because I read several & then winged it (no measuring) duplicated it once for the end of the ham. Its been a little under 5 mo. Wish me luck!
Happy Easter & thanks for the recipe & tips.
Sounds awesome I’m doing it for Easter ham
If I have whole cloves, can I grind them up to use if I don’t have ground cloves?
Sure, just make sure the grind is very fine.
My family loved this glaze! I will make it again and again!
This is absolutely so tasty. I made it tonight for the first time and it was so easy. Thank you for this very nice recipe along with your tips and notations of variations.
I added a 1/2 cup of Makers Mark and an extra 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Also let it simmer for 30 minutes to cook down a little. Delicious!!!
I normally use the package that comes with the ham because so many glaze recipes are
Complicated. This was simple and delicious!!!
Fantastic ham! The glaze remaining in the pan after baking the ham also tastes amazing. Is there anything that I can use the cooked glaze leftovers for in a new recipe? Or can you keep and re-use them for another ham?
Turned out amazing! Thank you. I doubled the recipe for our family. Perfect!
What if you don’t have orange juice or cloves
You go get some:)
I used Pineapple juice instead and no cloves.
Lol @ your reply, that was great!
Very excellent! Naked it with red potatoes and sweet potatoes. The glaze was a winner! Definitely saving and using again.
Loved it. Used allspice in place of cinnamon and cloves, turned out great.
Best ham I have ever made. Made with pineapple juice and added chunks at the end to heat up. Thank you for what you do!
I’m going to get his glaze a try and I’ll come back and let you know how it came out
I’ve never used glazed but I’d like to try it this yr. I have a fully cooked shank portion half ham. Can this glazed be used for this since it’s just being heated through? Would the glaze go on in the beginning? The heating instructions say to lightly cover with foil also.
This glaze was A-MAZING! Nothing overpowered anything else and it wasn’t super sticky.. cooked it until it was all incorporated and added it to my instapot ham. I did need to thicken it up afterwards and pour it over the ham but it was awesome. Thank you
I made this… and my husband gave me a high five after dinner and cried when the leftovers were gone (they lasted 3 days). Then he begged me to make another one and said… “’cause that was…” and high-fived me again. I guess this one is a keeper!
Only changes I made was I doubled the recipe because the ham I was baking was big. And I didn’t heat the sauce before applying. I used half the amount in lemon juice instead of OJ because that’s what I had on-hand. And I used dark brown sugar. I slathered the ham with yellow mustard, then half the sugar/spice mix, then halfway thru the bake time I applied the other half of the sugar/spice mix. And basted the ham once about 30 minutes before I took it out and again when I took it out. Then I covered it and let it rest. It was fantastic!
This took our store bought ham for Thanksgiving to the next level. Thank you!
This glaze is the best! I’ve used [email protected] least 8 times (maybe more). There is one PROBLEM. ! I can’t resist this glaze and love eating it after it cools down. Wonderful addition to my holiday ham. Thank You.
Best problem ever! Happy Thanksgiving.
I’m making your Brown Sugar Honey Ham Glaze and am questioning if the 1/2 tsp. of cloves you call for in the recipe are ground cloves or whole cloves? Thank you!
Ground cloves! 🙂 Happy thanksgiving!
Thank you I wasn’t sure about the cloves either am making your glaze today for our second Thanksgiving feast / and my sons birthday today!!
I don’t have any cloves, making for dinner — is there something I can substitute in a pinch? Will get some for next time! Sounds like a winner recipe — thanks!
Hi, I was wondering if I have to use orange juice. If the orange juice is for the acidic can I use lemon juice and if yes about approximately how much?? Tysvm.
I used this recipe for our Easter ham this past year was my first time cooking ham for a family gathering other family members usually do it but I must say for the first time preparing a ham for a huge family I gotten so many compliments on the ham and by the days end no leftovers was there to be put away lol I will continue to use this on all my hams I’m sure I will be making more holidays hams from here on out
That’s awesome Stacey! So happy it was a big hit with your family.
All your recipes are absolutely wonderful. No surprises. Regular ordinary food cooked to its finest. I just love them. You are a great cook!
Thank you Laura for this sweet comment!
Maybe someday I’ll try this on a ham. But what I’d like to know right now is, can I used it as a baked chicken glaze as well?
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