Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze (Video)

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze – an easy baked ham for any occasion with a unique and flavorful brandy brown sugar ham glaze!

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze
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Baked ham with brown sugar glaze 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 pre-baked 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.

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Recipe

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze Tips

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.

Brown Sugar Ham Glaze

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze Ingredients

  • Large bone-in smoked ham – Hams you find in the grocery store are precooked. This means you don’t have to worry about undercooking. You are just trying to rewarm the ham all the way to the center, while creating a crispy exterior.
  • Brown sugar – Necessary for a brown sugar ham glaze. *wink*
  • Brandy – Adds depth of flavor to the sweet glaze.
  • Whole grain mustard – Tangy mustard balances the glaze so it’s not overly sweet.
  • Cornstarch – For thickening the glaze.
  • Ground cumin, coriander, allspice, and cayenne pepper – Spice it up, baby!
  • Salt – Even though ham is salty, the glaze still needs a little salt.

How To Make Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

How To Bake A Ham

Lay the ham flat-side-down on a rimmed baking sheet, so the entire exterior can get a good coating of glaze.

Score the ham, by cutting shallow cuts in a grid pattern, so the brown sugar ham glaze will work 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.

Bake the ham at a medium temperature. 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.

Baked Ham with Ham Glaze

How Long Do You Cook A Ham In The Oven?

A smoked ham with warm through the center, and create a crispy crust on the outside in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This breaks down t0 approximately 10-12 minutes per pound.

To be sure your ham is warm in the center, use a meat thermometer to test the interior temperature. It should reach 130 degrees F to warm, or 145 degrees F for uncooked pork.

Brown Sugar Glaze for Ham

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.

Check Out Our Video Tutorial Below For Baked Ham With Brown Sugar Glaze. Enjoy!

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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze is an easy baked ham for any occasion with a unique and flavorful brandy brown sugar ham glaze! 

Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts
Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze
Amount Per Serving (4 slices)
Calories 402 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 4093mg 171%
Potassium 862mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 18g
Protein 50g 100%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 6.1%
Iron 25.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  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 it back in the oven for another 45 - 75 minutes, or until the exterior is dark and crusty and the ham is warmed through.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are calculated with all fat intact. 


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47 comments on “Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze (Video)

  1. Shawna Schmickposted November 22, 2018 at 4:01 am Reply

    So, I’ve got this 9lb fresh ham from the butcher and it is smoked. Would this be an appropriate recipe? I really want a sweet glaze for this ham and I love this recipe!

    • Sommer Collierposted November 22, 2018 at 8:43 am Reply

      Hi Shawna,

      Yes, go for it! I think you’ll love it. :)

  2. Billyposted November 5, 2018 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Love that you use whole grain mustard in this! One of my favorite ingredients when it comes to ham and so many other dishes. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  4. Nancy Saoposted December 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Recipes is so yummy and good

  5. Trishaposted December 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm Reply

    I baked this ham recipe at Thanksgiving and we decided it was going to our Christmas ham. 

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  8. DJposted January 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply

    Made this last night and it was gorgeous!!!   Used Jack Daniels since that’s what I had instead of brandy.  Allspice was overwhelming though so next time I will maybe use 1/4-1/3 of a tsp.   Otherwise YUM!

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  12. Kristyposted January 23, 2016 at 9:20 am Reply

    I made this recipe for a family dinner of 12, never having baked a ham before. I followed the directions to a tee and it turned out BEAUTIFULLY – just like the picture! My family was so impressed and everyone asked for the recipe. I will say that the rub is strong in flavor, almost with a morrocan flare. We loved it but it may not be for everyone’s tastes. Thanks for the great recipe!!

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  18. Jerryposted November 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm Reply

    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.

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

    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!

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

    Hi Sommer

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

    • Sommerposted April 23, 2014 at 5:27 am Reply

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

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

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

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

    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!

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

    Amazingly delicious glaze!

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

    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!!!

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

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

  29. marlaposted April 17, 2014 at 7:04 am Reply

    Perfect ham for Easter!

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

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

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

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

  32. Gabyposted April 16, 2014 at 7:51 am Reply

    This looks amazing for Easter!

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

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

  34. Mariaposted April 16, 2014 at 7:10 am Reply

    Perfect for Easter dinner!

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

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

  36. Tieghanposted April 16, 2014 at 6:58 am Reply

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

  37. Hollyposted April 16, 2014 at 6:57 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted April 16, 2014 at 7:34 am Reply

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

      • gigiposted December 20, 2014 at 4:29 am

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

      • Sommerposted December 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm

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

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

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

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

    Such a great recipe for Easter!!

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

    This is so crispy and amazing.

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

    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!

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

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