Brown Sugar Ham Glaze is made with only 5-ingredients, creating a sweet and tangy caramelized coating for your ham. This sticky glaze enhances the flavors of ham and is a favorite for any Holiday dinner.
The Best Ham Glaze Recipe
The Brown Sugar Ham Glaze turns a regular ham into a heavenly masterpiece. The sweet and tangy flavors blend together to create a delicious caramelized coating. Every bite of the glazed ham is rich and savory. This easy glaze recipe shows how simple ingredients can create something truly amazing.
What You’ll Need
- Brown Sugar and Dijon Mustard: The combination of brown sugar and Dijon mustard is what gives this ham glaze its unique flavor. The sweetness of the brown sugar balances out the tanginess of the mustard, creating a perfectly balanced glaze.
- Real Maple Syrup: Adding real maple syrup to the glaze adds a rich and deep flavor. It also helps in creating that sticky and caramelized coating on the ham.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar adds a slight tanginess to the glaze and helps in tenderizing the meat.
- All-Spice: All-spice adds a warm and slightly sweet flavor to the glaze.
How to Make Brown Sugar Ham Glaze
This delicious ham glaze takes a total of 10 minutes to make!
- Heat the glaze: In a small saucepan, mix together brown sugar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and all-spice. Bring this mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Keep stirring the glaze until the brown sugar has completely dissolved. Simmer for 5-7 until the glaze has thickened slightly.
- Use the Brown sugar glaze: Remove the glaze from the heat and cool. Brush the warm glaze over the ham. The ham can go back in the oven to bake or place foil over the ham to keep it warm for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas dinner.
Note: This recipe is perfect for a baked ham that’s about 5-8 pounds, if your ham is bigger consider doubling the recipe.
Tips and Tricks For The Best Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
- Adjusting the Flavor: The sweetness or tanginess of the glaze can be adjusted by adding more or less brown sugar, maple syrup, or apple cider vinegar according to your taste preferences.
- Versatility: This glaze is not only great for ham, but you can also use it on other meats like pork roast or chicken.
- Spiciness: For a spicier kick, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the glaze.
- Thickness: If you prefer a thicker glaze, you can cook it for a few more minutes until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Experimenting with Flavors: Feel free to experiment with additional spices or herbs such as thyme, rosemary, sage, or orange zest to customize the flavor profile of the glaze.
- Serving: Not that it’s needed, but we love to top it off with our easy ham gravy recipe. We love to serve this ham with any sort of potatoes (mashed potatoes, funeral potatoes, or hashbrown casserole), a veggie like green bean casserole, broccoli salad, or marinated veggie salad) and mac and cheese.
How To Bake A Ham
You only a few steps to make the perfect ham recipe! Baking a ham is not hard, you just need to watch it closely to make sure it heats through without over cooking. Adding the brown sugar ham glaze takes it to the next level.
- Place the ham in a shallow roasting pan or skillet.
- Baste the ham. This not only adds to the flavor but helps keep the ham juicy while it cooks.
- Bake the ham, basting every 15-20 minutes.
Storing Leftover Ham Glaze
Leftover glaze can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat on low on your stovetop before using it again.
You can make the glaze a day or two before you plan to use it. Just store it in the refrigerator and reheat it before using. Store the glaze in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- What is the best kind of ham to buy? For the best flavor and a juicy result, we recommend a bone-in ham. Leaving the bone in will help keep the meat moist and full of flavor while it’s baking. Look for a solid piece of ham rather than spiral cut hams. A whole ham is great for a large crowd, while a half ham tends to be better for a small family.
- Can I use this glaze for other meats? Absolutely! This versatile glaze can be used on pork roast, chicken, or any other meat of your choice.
- What if I don’t have apple cider vinegar? You can substitute apple cider vinegar with white vinegar or lemon juice. The acidity will still give the glaze a tangy flavor.
- When should i add the glaze to the ham? We like to glaze the ham before and after baking, basting in between. When it’s done, you can pull it out of the oven and baste again with the pan juices.
Leftover Ham Recipes
Baked ham also makes amazing leftover ham recipes. Here are some our top recipe choices for using leftover ham.
- Ham Salad Recipe
- Ham Casserole Recipe
- Creamy Ham and Potato Soup
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Ham and Cheese Sticks
Brown Sugar Ham Glaze
- In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, dijon mustard, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and all-spice.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir well to combine the ingredients. Cook the glaze for about 5 minutes, or until the brown sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture has thickened slightly.
- Remove the glaze from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes before using to glaze a ham.
- This glaze can be brushed on the ham before and after cooking. Serve your ham with extra warmed glaze on the side for an extra burst of flavor. Enjoy!