Recipe: Easy Brown Sugar Honey Glaze for Easter Ham

Recipe: Easy Brown Sugar Honey Glaze for Easter Ham

Meghan Splawn
Mar 27, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Do you have ham on your Easter menu? Of course you do! Ham is one of the the essential centerpieces for an Easter table full of deviled eggs, roasted asparagus, and hot crossed buns. What we think of as "Easter ham" is actually a spiral-cut city ham and many of them are sold packaged with their own glaze. But you can — and should — make your own brown sugar glaze for your city ham.

This glaze isn't sugary-sweet but the most delicious balance of brown sugar, honey, Dijon, and just a splash of vinegar. It will transform your Easter ham from basic to the most=talked=about dish at your celebration.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

How to Use This Brown Sugar Glaze

Brown sugar glaze is most ideal for a ham you to plan to warm in the oven. Most city hams should be reheated in a 275°F to 350°F oven for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on its size. You'll start the ham covered in the oven and then add the glaze during the second half of cooking. The glaze is cooked down before it goes on the ham, but it will continue to thicken as it mingles with the ham's juices.

A Cheat Sheet for City Ham Cooking

Easy Brown Sugar Honey Glaze for Easter Ham

Makes enough glaze for 10 to 12 pound ham (about 2 cups)

  • 2 cups

    packed light brown sugar

  • 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup

    Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons

    apple cider vinegar

While the ham is heating in the oven, place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring regularly to break up any lumps. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer slowly until reduced by a third, darkened, and thickened, about 20 minutes.

Remove the ham from the oven, uncover, and baste with the warm glaze, working the glaze between the cuts in the ham wherever possible. Return the ham to the oven for the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead: The glaze can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Rewarm over low heat until it reaches a simmer before using.

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