Six Different Glazes for Ham

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Still wondering HOW you’re gonna cook that Christmas ham? Here are six different glazes to choose from!

These glazes are intended for a smaller 5-8 pound ham. You should coat on the glaze every fifteen to twenty minutes throughout the cooking time. (unless otherwise mentioned.)


Apricot Glaze

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2/3 cup apricot nectar
2 tbsp. lemon juice

In a small pan over medium heat, combine the dry ingredients. Stir in the apricot nectar and lemon juice and cook until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly.

Dr Pepper
Dr Pepper

Dr. Pepper Glaze

2 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup Dr Pepper

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring everything to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened – about 8 minutes. Apply glaze during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time only. You want the glaze to be sticky on the ham. (Drink the rest of the Dr Pepper!!!)

pineapple chunk
pineapple chunk

Traditional Pineapple & Brown Sugar Glaze

1 can crushed pineapple
1 ½ cup brown sugar
2 cup pineapple juice

Make slices in the top of the ham about a quarter inch deep. Pour the juice over the top, spread the brown sugar over it then pour the crushed pineapple over the brown sugar. Baste with juice every 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Note: I’ve done with with crushed pineapple, chunk pineapple and sliced pineapple. Always delish!

orange marmalade
orange marmalade

Sweet & Spicy Orange Glaze

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
3 tbsp. dry sherry
1/2 cup orange marmalade

Mix all ingredients & spread over the ham prior to cooking. Half way through cooking, scoop up any glaze in the bottom of the pan and add back to the top of the ham.


Honey-Mustard Glaze

2 tbsp. mustard
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp. lemon juice

In a pan, over medium heat, stirring constantly bring everything to a boil. Reduce heat and continue cooking for approximately 5 minutes more.

apple cider
apple cider

Apple Cider Glaze

1 cup apple cider
4 tsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. spicy mustard
1/8 tsp. ground cloves

In a small bowl, mix 2 tsp. cider and cornstarch together. In a small saucepan, bring cornstarch mixture, remaining apple cider, mustard and cloves to a boil, stirring until thickened. Pour glaze over ham in oven ham during the final 30 minutes of roasting.

There. That’s one more thing outta the way of you enjoying your Christmas day!

Happy Holidays!