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Sugar-Glazed Ham

This old-fashioned ham glaze gives a pretty, golden brown coating—just like Grandma used to make. The mustard and vinegar complement the brown sugar which adds a 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.

Sugar-Glazed Ham Tips

Can you glaze a pre-cooked ham?

If you have a pre-cooked ham, you’ll still need to bring it to 130 degrees in the oven before adding the sugar glaze.

Do you glaze ham before or after cooking?

It's best to glaze ham during the last 15 to 30 minutes of cooking. If you glaze ham too early, the sugar in the glaze could scorch, leaving a sticky mess. It's easy to whip up your own ham glaze, so give it a try!

Do you add water to bake a ham?

It depends! Always follow the directions in the recipe. Some call to add an inch of water to the bottom of the roasting pan. You then cover the ham tightly with foil to create steam and moisture. For this recipe, you don’t need to add water.

How do you moisten a dry ham?

Glazing can help moisten a dry ham. You can also pour some broth or water over a dry ham, cover it tightly and simmer the ham, basting occasionally with the cooking liquids. This is also a great way to moisten and enjoy leftover ham.

Research contributed by Mark Hagen, Taste of Home Executive Editor, Books and Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
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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  • Katy's mom
    Feb 11, 2021

    A fully cooked ham is exactly that; it doesn't need to be baked a second time. Doing so will only dry it out. All you need to do is heat it to an internal temp you're satisfied with. ..

  • 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.