Honey-Glazed Ham is a succulent and flavorful dish that transforms a classic ham into a delectable centerpiece. A ham, typically pre-cooked or smoked, is generously coated with a glaze made from honey, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and sometimes cloves or other spices. As the ham bakes, the glaze caramelizes, creating a shiny, golden crust that encapsulates the meat’s natural juices. The result is a harmonious balance of sweet and savory, with the honey imparting a luscious, sticky finish. Honey-Glazed Ham is a festive and crowd-pleasing choice for holiday gatherings, embodying the perfect marriage of sweet, savory, and succulent flavors.
Ham is always a popular holiday dish… and for other special occasions. They are incredibly tasty, serve a good amount of people, and are rather easy to make. This recipe features a lovely homemade glaze that adds a lot of flavor and an irresistible sweet sticky coating.
- Roasting pan
- 10 lbs fully-cooked, bone-in ham
- 1-1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup honey or more to taste
- 1/3 large orange
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1-1/2 tsp lemon juice or to taste (Optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Place ham in a roasting pan.
- Bake ham, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 2 hours.
- While the ham is baking, combine brown sugar, pineapple juice, and 1/3 cup honey in a saucepan. Zest orange into the saucepan, then squeeze in the juice. Add Dijon mustard and ground cloves; whisk mixture over medium-high heat as it comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until glaze thickens slightly, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Tasteglaze and adjust seasonings. Add lemon juice for more tang, or honey to make it sweeter. Set aside.
- Remove ham from the oven after it has baked for 2 hours. Brush with glaze. Bake for an additional 30 to 45 minutes, brushing ham with glaze every 10 minutes.