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A juicy Brown Sugar Glazed Ham on a white platter with orange slices and asparagus
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5 from 2 votes

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

A juicy Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is the perfect centerpiece for Easter or Christmas dinner!  This incredibly flavorful baked ham is always a crowdpleaser and has the most beautiful color and caramelized edges thanks to the BEST brown sugar glaze ever.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 573kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 8-10 pounds bone-in, fully cooked spiral-cut ham
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup spicy whole-grained mustard
  • ½ cup dark molasses
  • 3 Tablespoons prepared horseradish drained
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Remove ham from refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours in advance.  This helps the ham heat up more evenly without drying out and is a common approach to cooking larger pieces of meat.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  
  • Make the brown sugar glaze by whisking all the ingredients together in a pan and bring to a simmer for 1-2 minutes until the brown sugar is dissolved.  Set aside.
  • Brush ham with brown sugar glaze using a pastry brush.  Place the ham flat side down (face down) in a large pan or roasting rack and cover completely with foil.
  • Bake covered for 45 minutes, then uncover and baste the ham with the juices from the pan and brush with ⅓ of the brown sugar glaze.
  • Recover and bake another 30 minutes, then baste the ham with it's own juices and glaze again with another ⅓ of the brown sugar glaze.
  • Uncover ham and bake 20-30 minutes more, until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.  Remove ham from oven and baste and brush with the remaining ⅓ of the brown sugar glaze.
  • Loosely cover with foil and let rest for 15-30 minutes for the juices to redistribute throughout the ham.


Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse


Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 3520mg | Potassium: 1144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg