A Spicy Perspective

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

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
Pin it on Pinterest!

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!

Holiday Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Other Baked Ham Recipes You Might Like:

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

Easy Baked Ham - with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze! #easter #spring #ham #pork
Print Recipe
5 from 40 votes
Leave a Review »

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
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



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and lay the ham on it flat-side-down.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



Nutritional values are calculated with all fat intact. 


Serving: 4slices, Calories: 400kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 4093mg, Potassium: 852mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 40IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 4.5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

Making this recipe? Follow us on Instagram and tag @ASpicyPerspective so we can share what you’re cooking!

Share This Recipe With Friends!

Other Great Recipes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

58 comments on “Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze”

  1. Pingback: 14 Amazing Recipes For Ham Lovers

  2. Pingback: Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze

  3. My kids really loved it! Really amazing!

  4. We made this for Easter last year, and will be making it again this year. Love the glaze!

  5. I think my husband loves me just a little bit more than yesterday after I made this for him for dinner. It was SO good.

  6. This is going to be the star at my Easter dinner!

  7. Such a fantastic glaze! Making it again for Easter!

  8. Sometimes  I quarter an orange and place it in with the ham  just gives it another dimension 

  9. Pingback: Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham

  10. I made this for a 1920’s themed dinner party and it came out perfectly. Everyone loved the spicy kick and it was so easy. Thank you!

  11. I followed this recipe and it was amazing! I only changed one thing. I substituted Red hot Apple Cider for the brandy. It was to die for. I could I have made myself sick eating this, and I am not a fan of ham. At all.

    100% recommend!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. Pingback: How Much Ham To Buy Per Person For The Holidays – What Do You See

  15. Recipes is so yummy and good

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

  17. Pingback: Christmas Dinner Ideas - 30 Christmas Menu Ideas

  18. Pingback: Brown Sugar | Box Office Movies | Box Office Movies

  19. 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!

  20. Pingback: All the Christmas Recipes You’d Ever Need This Holiday

  21. Pingback: Our Thanksgiving Plans | Lauren's Latest

  22. Pingback: Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham - The Food Charlatan

  23. 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!!

  24. Pingback: Easter Dinner Menu

  25. Pingback: Easy Sriracha Ham (Slow Cooker) - The Food Charlatan

  26. Pingback: Top 5 Baked Ham Recipes | Eaters Choice Awards

  27. Pingback: Baked Ham with Brandy Brown Sugar Glaze | Food and Everything Else

  28. Pingback: The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Recipes - Fresh Mix Momma

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. Pingback: Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze | Food- Mafia

  32. Pingback: Special Edition Mother’s Day Recipes | Food Counting

  33. Hi Sommer

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

  34. Pingback: Easter Main Course | Pinterest Favorites

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

  36. 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!

  37. Amazingly delicious glaze!

  38. 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!!!

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

  40. Perfect ham for Easter!

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

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

  43. This looks amazing for Easter!

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

  45. Perfect for Easter dinner!

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

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

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

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

  50. Such a great recipe for Easter!!

  51. This is so crispy and amazing.

  52. 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!

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