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Sugar-Glazed Ham

This old-fashioned sugar ham glaze gives a pretty, golden brown coating just like Grandma used to make. The mustard and vinegar complement the brown sugar and add tangy flavor to this glazed ham recipe. Be prepared to serve seconds! —Carol Strong Battle, Heathville, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 1 fully cooked bone-in ham (5 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Using a sharp knife, score surface of ham with 1/4-in.-deep cuts in a diamond pattern. Cover and bake until a thermometer reads 130°, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and enough vinegar to make a thick paste. Remove ham from oven. Spread sugar mixture over ham. Bake, uncovered, until a thermometer reads 140°, 15-30 minutes longer.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Create a more traditional look by inserting whole cloves into each diamond point of the ham. Remove before serving.
  • Don't worry about eating all the ham in a sitting! We have plenty of recipes that make use of leftover ham.
  • Nutrition Facts
    4 ounces ham: 284 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 1110mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 20g protein.


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    • Lauren
      Oct 14, 2020

      Overall it tastes amazing. I only used one teaspoon of mustard to tone down the tanginess

    • modestcook
      Sep 21, 2020

      Great sauce for ham, my wife and I liked it a lot. General rule of thumb, 15 minutes per pound baking ham at 325°F. 'Try it you'll like it'.

    • chris28304
      May 31, 2020

      My husband and I both enjoyed this recipe.

    • squeakymouse
      Apr 15, 2020

      I only had a small piece of turkey ham which I sliced and put in a casserole dish. I eyeballed the quantities. Very good--took away the saltiness of the turkey ham.

    • Lindsay
      Dec 26, 2019

      Yum! My family often buys a famous glazed ham that is delicious, but expensive. I used this recipe and it was just as good as that other ham. I am having a hard time staying out of it and my family loved the ham. The flavor is perfect! I will definitely use this recipe again.

    • LInda
      Apr 22, 2019

      Fantastic glaze, most glaze recipes flavor the ham well, but do not make a crispy, tasty edge. This one did wonderfully - my go-to from now on. The only thing I added was natural pineapple juice, about 14 oz. can poured over the ham during the first stage of cooking. Loved it!

    • Pookie72
      Dec 26, 2018

      Made this as part of our Christmas dinner. It was so simple and easy. Will definitely make this again!

    • mrsfish858
      Apr 2, 2018

      Best ham I've ever had.Meat was moist and the glaze is delicious,and made with ingredients I usually have on hand.Definitely my go two ham recipe from now on.

    • amsm
      Apr 1, 2018

      I made this today for a family meal and everyone loved it. They all commented on how much they liked the glaze. I liked that it took ingredients that I have on hand.

    • Angel182009
      Jan 25, 2017

      Absolutely delicious! This ham turned out perfectly and the recipe was easy to follow. Will definitely make this again!