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Brown Sugar Ham (Baked Ham Glaze)

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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze – Our easy baked ham recipe is made with a flavorful brandy and brown sugar glaze. It’s the perfect main dish for celebrating any occasion!

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

The Best Baked Ham

Our Glazed Ham Recipe with Brandy and 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 ham needs nothing more than a sweet, flavorful glaze (or rub) and some time in the oven.

With just a bit of effort you wind up with a beautifully baked ham that’s perfect for enjoying with family. Plus, leftover ham is delicious for eating cold or reheated for several days in so many different ways!

Brown Sugar Glaze for Ham

Tips for Baked Ham with Brandy and Brown Sugar Glaze

I like to start my oven-baked ham recipe 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 an absolutely heavenly blend to rub over the ham before baking.

Brown Sugar Ham Glaze Ingredients

Ingredients For Our Glazed Ham Recipe

  • Large bone-in smoked ham – Hams you find in the grocery store are pre-cooked. 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 in the Oven

You will be amazed at how easy it is to bake a ham at home!

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

Here’s how:

  1. First, lay the ham flat-side-down on an aluminum foil rimmed baking sheet, so the entire exterior can get a good coating of glaze.
  2. 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 brown sugar glaze over the ham.
  3. Bake the ham at a medium temperature.
  4. Serve. Slice with a sharp knife and serve with your holiday meal. 

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

Check Out the Recipe Below For Our Baked Ham With Brown Sugar Glaze. Enjoy!

Glazed Ham with Brown Sugar

Frequently Asked Questions…

How Long Do You Cook A Glazed Ham In The Oven?

Smoked ham will warm through the center, and create a crispy crust on the outside in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This breaks down to approximately 10-12 minutes per pound. You can also use your roasting pan and a rack to cook ham in the oven. 

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

What Can I Substitute for the Brandy in the Brown Sugar Glaze for Ham?

The alcohol content of the brandy cooks out during baking, but you certainly can still choose to substitute for a non-alcoholic ingredient to make the glaze. Try a sweet fruit juice, such as apple juice or white grape juice, as a flavorful swap.

Be sure to use 100% pure juice, though, so that your ham glaze isn’t too sweet.

If you’d like to use alcohol but don’t have brandy on hand, you can substitute for whiskey or cognac for a similarly sweet and smoky flavor.

How long does this baked ham last in the fridge?

The glazed ham leftovers can stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 3 to 5 days in an airtight container.

What kind of ham should I pick?

There are so many types of ham: bone-in ham, boneless ham, spiral-cut ham, ham butt, and whole ham. I chose to use a smoked ham, uncut, the scored a diamond pattern on top.

Is this a good Thanksgiving Ham Recipe?

Of course! The sweet ham glaze crust over the top makes this a fabulous centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner or as a Christmas Ham recipe.

Brown Sugar Ham in oven

A simple baked ham with brown sugar 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.

We recommend trying this ham recipe with our Perfect Southern Collard GreensFamous Corn Pudding, and, of course, the Best Macaroni and Cheese for a complete comfort food-filled family meal!

Thanksgiving Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

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Check out the printable recipe card below for then nutrition information including calories, carbohydrates, protein, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, fiber, vitamin c, and calcium percentages. Nutritional values are calculated with all fat intact.

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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 – Our easy baked ham recipe is made with a flavorful brandy and brown sugar glaze. It's the perfect main dish for celebrating any occasion!
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.
Leftover ham can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.


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

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87 comments on “Brown Sugar Ham (Baked Ham Glaze)”

  1. Amazing recipe! Everyone loved it, big hit

  2. Do you simmer the glaze? Or can it go right on?

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  7. This is a great recipe.  I love to cook but can’t really cook that well.  This is the first time I have not murdered a ham.  When I told my husband I planned on making a ham for Easter he suggested we eat out instead 😂.  I made this the following Monday but backed off on the spices for the kids. He was very pleasantly surprised!  Thank you for this recipe.

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  9. Well well well…. easy, fast and delicious! Did not have brandy so we used whiskey instead. I also modified the recipe a bit by inserting whole cloves in the cuts, about two or so inches apart.
    This is how our holiday ham will be prepared from now on! Thank you!  

  10. Your recipe and method of baking this ham is the best i’ve come across. This is the only way I have made my ham since. I seriously couldn’t stop thinking of ham for the past 3 weeks. My ham is already baking. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Followed this recipe for last Thanksgiving. The best ham I’ve ever accomplished by far!  Everyone loved it and the leftovers had amazing flavor and the hock makes the best lentil soup.  

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  13. I Just made this! It’s very delicious.

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  15. This glazed ham is perfect for the holidays! And the leftovers will be great for sandwiches!

  16. These look so tasty and healthy. I’m very tempted to try making them. Perfect for Christmas! Thanks, Sommer, you did such a good job.

  17. This is seriously amazing!! So perfect for the holidays!

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  20. I love how delicious and easy this recipe is to make! Perfect for Christmas! 

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  22. Made it with Dr. Pepper instead of Brandy. I used what I had and it turned out awesome!

  23. All I needed was a good recipe for the glaze, and you delivered. The ham is not even done yet, but I have tasted the glaze mix and can tell you I already love it. The smell of it cooking is making me happy! I know it will be delicious! Thank you!

  24. Would an apple flavored whiskey work in place of the brandy?

  25. Hello! If I chose to substitute the brandy for apple juice, would I use the same amount as listed for the brandy? And would this change the overall taste of the ham (1/2 cup)? I’ve also heard about using coca cola. Would that be an appropriate substitute as well?

  26. Hi Sommer,
    I plan to try this recipe for Thanksgiving this year. I am not a cook AT ALL so I have done a bit of research to ensure my results are the best possible. A lot of tips I have read mention covering the ham (tenting it with foil) to keep it moist. Do you recommend foil tenting using this recipe or would that affect the dark, crusty end results you achieved above?

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  29. My kids really loved it! Really amazing!

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

  31. 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.

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

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

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

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  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

  39. 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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  41. Recipes is so yummy and good

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

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  45. 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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  49. 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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  55. 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.

  56. 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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  59. Hi Sommer

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

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

  62. 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!

  63. Amazingly delicious glaze!

  64. 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!!!

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

  66. Perfect ham for Easter!

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

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

  69. This looks amazing for Easter!

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

  71. Perfect for Easter dinner!

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

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

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

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

  76. Such a great recipe for Easter!!

  77. This is so crispy and amazing.

  78. 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!

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