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whole cooked brown sugar glazed ham on white plate

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 15+ 1x


Brown sugar glazed ham is an easy, flavorful recipe for juicy ham with a sweet and salty, caramelized outside, perfect to serve to a crowd for a holiday meal.


  • 1 large fully cooked ham (bone in, spiral sliced is fine), about 15 pounds
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Remove the ham from the fridge, and let it rest at room temperature for at least 2 hours. This helps the meat to cook evenly once in the oven.
  2. Preheat the oven 325 degrees F.
  3. In a small saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, orange juice, honey, white vinegar, yellow mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, and cinnamon. 
  4. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture starts to simmer. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes until the mixture thickens just a bit. Remove from the heat.
  5. Tear two large pieces of foil off the roll (enough to wrap the ham in), and overlap them. 
  6. Place the ham in the center of the foil. 
  7. Brush 1/3 of glaze over the ham, and then tightly wrap it in the foil.
  8. Place the ham in a baking pan, flat side down (mine fit in a 9x13-inch pan).
  9. Bake the ham until heated through or the center registers 100 to 110 degrees F. (This takes about 15 minutes per pound of meat.) Remove from the oven.
  10. Turn the oven temperature up to 400 degrees F. 
  11. Carefully unwrap the ham (you can throw away the foil or open it up and let it line the bottom of the pan).
  12. Brush another third of the glaze over the ham, and return the ham to the oven.
  13. Let the ham cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the glaze has started to caramelize and looks dark and sticky but not burnt. 
  14. Remove from the oven, and brush on the last of the glaze. 
  15. Tent with foil, and let the ham rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving hot.


  • You can use this recipe with an uncooked ham too -- just make sure the meat comes to proper internal temperatures before serving.
  • Prep Time: 2 hour 15 min
  • Cook Time: 3 hour
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

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