The most incredible brown sugar glaze there ever was. Perfectly sweet, tangy and savory! An absolute holiday classic.
Say hello to the easiest ham recipe for your holiday spread. And I truly mean, the easiest.
Not to mention, the sweet/savory/tangy brown sugar glaze that will knock your socks off. A glaze made of brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, mustard, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon and cloves. All the good stuff here.
I opted for a non-spiral ham this time around, cutting some shallow scores in a diamond pattern to render the fat underneath and let that lovely glaze seep through those cracks, soaking up all that flavor. But a spiral ham will also work just fine here.
If you have any leftovers, there are plenty of ways to repurpose them. Sandwiches are always my go-to.
The most perfect ways to use up some leftover ham
- 1 (8-lb) bone-in, fully cooked, smoked ham, at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Using paper towels, pat ham dry. Using a sharp knife, score the top side of the ham by making shallow cuts in a diamond pattern.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, mustard, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced and slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
Place ham, cut side down, onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush evenly with 1/2 cup brown sugar mixture.
Place into oven, brushing with remaining brown sugar mixture every 30 minutes, until cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 140 degrees F, about 2 hours 30 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes before slicing.