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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Classic Baked Ham with zesty brown sugar ham glaze that adds a punch of flavor. Baked Ham is a marvelous meal to serve on Easter weekend, or any weekend for that matter!

Baked Ham - with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze! #easter #spring #ham #pork

Baked ham is one of those dishes that has a reputation for being hard or complicated to make, but nothing could be further from the truth.

I’m not sure who first started spreading these nasty rumors… I have a feeling part of the responsibility goes to marketers at certain national ham shops, but who’s to say.

A good baked ham needs nothing more than a sweet flavorful glaze (or rub) and some time in the oven.

How To: Baked Ham - with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze! #easter #spring #ham #pork

I like to start with a simple brown sugar ham glaze, then spruce it up with a whole lot of flavor. One of my favorite brown sugar ham glaze recipes combines brown sugar with whole grain mustard, brandy, cumin, and coriander.

The sweet boozy note of the brandy enhances the brown sugar and complements the spicy twang of the mustard. It’s a heavenly blend to rub over the baked ham.

Making Baked Ham - with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze! #easter #spring #ham #pork

I like to lay the ham flat-side-down, so the entire exterior can get a good coating of glaze.

Score the ham so the brown sugar ham glaze can works its magic into the meat while baking. Then pour and rub the glaze over the ham.

Remember, generally you would start with a smoked ham, so the meat is already cooked through. We’re just trying to warm the ham to the center and create a nice crust on the outside.

Once it’s had some time to lounge in the oven, your baked ham will be dark and crispy-sweet on the outside, yet moist and smoky on the inside.

Easy Baked Ham - with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze! #easter #spring #ham #pork

A simple baked ham with brown sugar ham glaze is just what I crave for Sunday dinner with my family. No one is ever disappointed with a thick slice of juicy baked ham and some southern sides!

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze

Yield: 12+ servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours


  • 8-10 pounds smoked ham
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and lay the ham on it flat-side-down.
  2. Score the ham with cuts one inch apart and 1/4 inch deep. Do this in two directions creating a grid pattern over the entire surface of the ham.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients for the glaze. Rub half the glaze over the surface of the ham and bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Pull the ham out of the oven. Rub the rest of the glaze over ham and place back in the oven for another 45 - 75 minutes, or until the exterior is dark and crusty and the ham is warmed through.

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37 Responses to “Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted April 16, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I’ve actually never baked a whole ham before…but it doesn’t seem all that hard! Plus, if you say brown sugar glaze, I’ll do just about anything! Pinned!


  2. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted April 16, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Sounds fantastic, Sommer. We’re having ham for Easter dinner, too!


  3. Barbara @ Barbara Bakesposted April 16, 2014 at 6:50 am

    What a gorgeous ham. I’ve never cooked a whole ham either. I need to change that.


  4. Hollyposted April 16, 2014 at 6:57 am

    What would you recommend as a substitution for brandy if you don’t have any?


    • Sommer — April 16th, 2014 @ 7:34 am

      Hey Holly, You could use another favorite variety of booze… whiskey, cognac, beer. Or substitute orange or apple juice. :)


      • gigi — December 20th, 2014 @ 4:29 am

        umm is this ham an uncooked ham when you start baking it, or is it one of those already cooked hams?

        • Sommer — December 20th, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

          Hi GIgi! You start with a smoked ham. So really you’re just warming and seasoning the outer layer.

  5. Tieghanposted April 16, 2014 at 6:58 am

    This looks delicious!! I baked a bourbon glazed ham over christmas and cannot wait to try your version with brown sugar!


  6. Christine from Cook the Storyposted April 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I’m not sure it should be legal to eat such a gorgeous ham, but hey….if I must ;)


  7. Claire Gallamposted April 16, 2014 at 7:09 am

    This looks so crispy and amazing.


  8. Mariaposted April 16, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Perfect for Easter dinner!


  9. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted April 16, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Oh my gersh! Sommer, this ham is a stunner! #easterapproved


  10. Gabyposted April 16, 2014 at 7:51 am

    This looks amazing for Easter!


  11. Jenny Flakeposted April 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Such a great recipe for Easter!!


  12. Heather Christoposted April 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

    This looks like the greatest Easter Ham ever!! Love that brown sugar glaze!


  13. Anna @ Garnish with Lemonposted April 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I’m dying over that gorgeous crust! Just might have to invite myself to Easter dinner… :)


  14. marlaposted April 17, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Perfect ham for Easter!


  15. Julie @ Table for Twoposted April 17, 2014 at 7:28 am

    This looks so good!! That glaze looks so tantalizing!


  16. Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie's Kitchenposted April 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I’m Mexican, and for Easter, we don’t normally have a ham. I think I might need to start a new tradition in my family. Your ham looks amazing!!!


  17. Meredithposted April 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Amazingly delicious glaze!


  18. Nikki @Seeded at the Tableposted April 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I can’t seem to get my fork and knife through my computer screen to slice a bite off of that beautiful ham! SO lovely, Sommer!


  19. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted April 18, 2014 at 6:17 am

    This looks absolutely wonderful…I can only imagine how your house smelled while this was in the oven!


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  21. Jackieposted April 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Sommer

    I do not like CUMIN, is there another spice I could use in place of it.


    • Sommer — April 23rd, 2014 @ 5:27 am

      Hi Jackie, try mild chile powder or smoked paprika. :)


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  24. Teri Nagyposted August 31, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I made this tonight, and this was wonderful. My husband declared that this was his favorite ham….ever! The glaze had tons of flavor and it was well balanced. It reminded us of the ribs that I make on our smoker. This is definitely a meal that I would put out for company. Thank you so much for sharing!


  25. Jerryposted November 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    This is the best recipe for glazed ham. I did this for Easter and plan on doing it again for Thanksgiving or Christmas. The only change up I will make is not use cumin. I’ll use chili powder instead. I can’t wait to try this again.


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  29. andreaposted December 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    can you marinade it overnight, or is it best to apply and put directly in oven


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  32. Trip Ideasposted November 19, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Your cooking ideas are sublime♡ Tonight it is your baked ham. I’m cooking for my daughter as I write this…yummy…and like you say it really is not very complicated even for this single dad, who specializes in TV dinners! Ready in another 2 minutes, can’t wait we’re both starved ☆ will let you know later how tasty it all turned out :) R Terry. Palm Springs, CA


  33. Diane McBrideposted November 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Do cover the Ham while you bake it? Or leave it uncovered as you cook it?


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