Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

This brown sugar-glazed ham is perfect for the Easter dinner menu.  It’s so easy to prep and full of sweet and tangy flavor.

This is great for any time of the year, not just for special occasions! We make it year-round for sandwiches.  It really is so much better than prepacked lunch meat.  Make some homemade sandwich bread and you have the perfect leftover ham sandwich.

My husband keeps hinting that we need to purchase a meat slicer but I keep putting him off.  I just can’t store one more small kitchen appliance.

What You’ll Need for Glazed Ham

A fully cooked bone-in or spiral-cut ham. Most ham you find at the grocery store are already baked, smoked, or boiled which means they are fully cooked and ready to eat. Be sure the package says “fully cooked” before purchasing.

For the Glaze Recipe

You will need dark brown sugar (or light brown), whole grain mustard, and apple cider vinegar. That’s it, you probably already have these ingredients in your kitchen.

Tips and Variations

  • If using a spiral-cut ham cover tightly with foil during the first baking time. They tend to dry out faster. You will probably want to reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F too.
  • You can use dijon mustard or honey mustard if desired.

How to Bake A Ham

Preheat the oven to 350ºF degrees. Line a roasting pan with foil. Then place a roasting rack inside of the pan.

Place the ham on the rack and with a sharp knife score the top in a diamond pattern.

Bake for about 1 1/2 hours. While cooking the ham prepare the glaze.

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, whole grain mustard, and vinegar. There is no need to bring it to a boil.

We prefer whole grain mustard over honey mustard or dijon mustard. The whole grain seems to give it more kick.

Glaze being poured over ham.

Remove ham from the oven. Cover the ham completely with the glaze and bake for another 30 minutes or when the internal temperature reaches 145ºF.

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham in a foil lined roasting pan.

Just look at that nice sweet and tangy crust on this brown sugar and mustard glazed ham!

Transfer the baked ham to a platter and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

You can also use the same brown sugar mustard glaze on a spiral-cut ham.

Voila! Easy, right? This glazed ham recipe will be your go-to for Christmas dinner or any holiday occasion.

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Brown sugar glazed ham in a foil lined roasting pan.

Brown Sugar Glazed Baked Ham Recipe

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham – The easiest and most flavorful baked ham!
4.60 from 10 votes
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Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pork
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bone-in, brown sugar glaze, glaze, ham, precooked
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 992kcal
Author: Leigh Harris


  • 10 lb smoked cured ham
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup prepared whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Score top into a diamond pattern.
  • Place on a rack in a roasting pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  • In a bowl combine the brown sugar, whole grain mustard, and vinegar.
  • Spread glaze evenly over ham. Bake for another 35 minutes.
  • Transfer to a platter and let stand 15 minutes before carving.


Calories: 992kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 82g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 234mg | Sodium: 4551mg | Potassium: 1113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. I’m not a big fan of mustard, but my other half loves it (has it on everything), he is also a big ham fan. I think I’ll have to make him some of this as I think it would be right up his street.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  2. What a gorgeous glaze for ham – love the contrast of the sharp, spicy mustard with the sweet brown sugar. Pinned. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.5 stars

  3. Okay this looks absolutely amazing… ham is one of my favorite foods though! So I’m slightly partial! Thanks for linking up with us at Welcome Home Wednesdays! Can’t wait to see what you link up with us next week!

  4. I have a ham in the freezer right now, just waiting for the right occasion. I think the occasion will be this glaze! Do I really need any other excuse?

    I love the way this glaze caramelizes on the outside of the ham, that’s my favorite part! And the flavors sound fantastic on top of the ham. Thanks for sharing your secrets this looks incredible.5 stars

  5. Yum! This looks delicious! I’m with you on the small appliances. Thanks so much for linking up at the You Link It, We Make It party and we hope you’ll link up your favorites with us again!

  6. My mom always buys a ham for Christmas and she always gets the brown sugar ham, which is my favorite! If I could manage to make it without screwing it up that would be AMAZING! I have actually never made a ham before. I might have to X the mustard because I don’t like it, but my husband does. Thanks for linking up with us at Friday Funday and please come back again next week!

  7. Oh this sounds absolutely delicious I love brown sugar and glazed ham together master piece. YUM Thanks for linking up to Share With me #sharewithme5 stars

  8. Tried this today for Thanksgiving. It was an absolute hit! My family loved what the glaze did to the ham; sweet, crunchy glaze, amazing, moist texture. Yummy, yummy, yummy!

    1. Hi Stephen, it’s not a dumb question at all! I use a bone in but you could certainly use boneless and maybe cut back on the cooking time. Thank you so much for coming by and have a blessed day.

  9. I need to know asap whether or not I am suppos to cover ham with foil when t first place in oven and then uncover for glaze????

    1. Hi, Trudy. Sorry, this reply is late but we were enjoying our holiday vacation with family. No, you do not cover it.

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