That go-to meat for holidays, events, cookouts and, well, just about everything. (Plus, leftovers from ham are fabulous.)
One of things that makes a ham super juicy and yummy is the glaze. (What do you mean you don’t glaze your ham? Wha?!) A glaze is just a flavoring that you pour over the ham right before it finishes cooking. A good glaze will created a flavorful outer coating on the outside of the ham.
Ham glaze also gives you a way to switch it up and keep ham from getting boring. Check out these easy ham glaze recipes that we put together. Just pick one based on the flavor your want!
Easy Ham Glaze Recipes
Brown Sugar Ham Glaze Recipe
This is one of the easiest ham glazes because it only uses two ingredients–brown sugar and honey.
Brown Sugar Ham Glaze
1 1/2 Cups lightly packed brown sugar
1 Cup honey
Combine the brown sugar and honey in a saucepan and cook over medium heat just until the the sugar has dissolved.
When ham has reached the halfway point in the roasting process, remove from oven and pour brown sugar and honey mix over the outside of the ham.
Continue roasting ham (without foil), basting at least twice throughout the process with the pan drippings.
Pineapple Ham Glaze Recipe
This glaze with the pineapple-topped ham and Maraschino cherries may take you back to days at your grandparents house, but this is the recipe that many say remind them of their childhood.
Pineapple Ham Glaze
1 20 -ounce can pineapple slices, juice reserved
15 to 20 whole cloves
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 small jar maraschino cherries (optional)
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and just enough of the reserved pineapple juice until it is a thick glaze. (You may not use all of the pineapple juice.)
Remove the ham from the oven about 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
Arrange the pineapple slices on top of the ham, securing with whole cloves or toothpicks.
If wanted, place one cherry in the center of each pineapple ring, securing it with a clove or toothpick.
Spoon the glaze over the ham and bake for the remaining 30 minutes.
Dr. Pepper Ham Glaze Recipe
I have never made a cola glaze, but I know many who swear by it, so I had to include it on this list.
Dr. Pepper (Cola) Ham Glaze
1⁄2 cup Dr. Pepper
3⁄4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
In a medium saucepan, bring Dr. Pepper, sugar, orange juice, and mustard to a boil.
Reduce heat and and simmer for around 10 minutes until mixture forms a syrup. Remove from heat.
About 10 minutes before the end of the ham cooking time, remove ham from oven. Brush ham with glaze.
Return ham to oven and cook for 10 minutes.
Remove ham from oven and brush again with leftover glaze from the pan. Cover loosely with foil and let it rest for 30 minutes before carving.
Glaze can actually be made ahead of time and just reheated in the microwave when you’re ready to use.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine honey, mustard, brown sugar and butter.
Stir occasionally until the butter melts and the brown sugar has completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
Remove cooked ham from oven. Using a sharp knife, score a 1-inch-wide diamond pattern over the entire ham, taking care not to cut more than 1/4 inch deep into the ham.
Brush the ham with about 1/3 cup of the glaze and then return the ham to the oven. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
Remove ham from the oven, brush with another 1/3 cup of the glaze, and return to the oven. Repeat the process every 15 minutes until all of the glaze has been used and there is a golden-brown coating on the ham–about 55 to 60 minutes total.
Let the ham rest 20 to 30 minutes before slicing.
Do you have a favorite ham glaze recipe? Leave it in the comments so we can try it out!