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!

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43 comments on “Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

  1. 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!

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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 ;)

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

    This looks so crispy and amazing.

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

    Perfect for Easter dinner!

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

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

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

    This looks amazing for Easter!

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

    Such a great recipe for Easter!!

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

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    Perfect ham for Easter!

    Rating: 5
  15. Julie @ Table for Twoposted April 17, 2014 at 7:28 am Reply

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

  16. 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!!!

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

    Amazingly delicious glaze!

    Rating: 5
  18. 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!

  19. 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!

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  21. 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. 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!

    Rating: 5
  25. 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.

    Rating: 5
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  31. 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!!

    Rating: 5
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  35. 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!

    Rating: 5
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  38. 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. 

    Rating: 5
  39. Nancy Saoposted December 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Recipes look yummy and good