Brown Sugar & Maple Glazed Spiral Ham

This brown sugar & maple glazed spiral ham has a spicy sweet crust and a salty, smoky ham flavor that my family likes far better than Honey Baked Ham.

brown sugar & maple glazed spiral ham

After my sister-in-law shared this Brown Sugar & Maple Glazed Spiral Ham recipe with me, I’ve never made ham any other way. My whole family loves this ham. The sugary, spicy glaze makes it an easy, inexpensive “better than” alternative to Honey Baked ham!

Since the spiral sliced ham is cooked (as opposed to raw), the cooking time for this recipe is simply to heat the ham to an internal temp of 100 degrees. This is roughly 10 minutes per pound.

GLAZE: The only way to get a crusty glazed exterior is to increase the oven temp at the very end, brush the ham with pan juices and reserved syrup, and bake until exterior gets a sugary crust.

I love serving this ham with my version of Callie’s Cheese & chive biscuits, creamed corn, Mississippi green beans, and 4 cheese potato casserole with chives.

brown sugar & maple glazed spiral ham

My favorite spiral sliced ham is the Kentucky Legend brand (pictured left). The brand has both whole and spiral sliced hams, and it can be hard to tell them apart without looking closely. The spiral works best, as the glaze can ooze between the slices and flavor the pieces inside and out.

This ham is fully cooked, but the cooking process and special seasonings turn it from ordinary  to extraordinary. At roughly $10-13 per ham, it is a great bargain as well, especially stretching for multiple meals.

brown sugar spiral sliced glazed ham

Let me know if you try this! Thanks so much for reading. Be blessed, and stay savvy!

The glaze ends up so sweet and spicy, so don’t throw the juice away! I save leftover ham slices in ziploc bags in glaze/ juices. Since the ham is basically fat free, the juices are mostly sugar and spices with no added fat.

For dinner, serve this ham with your favorite sides. We love mac & cheese (my favorite recipe is here), salad, and yeast rolls.

For lunch, this ham tastes great on croissants or Hawaiian rolls with Swiss cheese and honey mustard. For breakfast, any leftover slices will make a wonderful ham biscuit or an excellent foundation for a quiche or breakfast casserole.

I so hope your family enjoys this recipe. If you try it, please let me hear your thoughts. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

Brown Sugar & Maple Glazed Spiral Ham

An easy and delicious spiral sliced ham with a sugary glaze.

10 min

10 min

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  • Spiral sliced ham (4-5 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TB butter
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • pineapple tidbits (optional for garnish)
  • 2 tsp allspice OR 1/2 tsp each cloves-cinnamon-nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Place oven rack to lowest position.
  • GLAZE:
  • Place syrup, brown sugar, butter, pineapple juice and spices in small saucepan
  • Heat on medium until it turns into a smooth syrup
  • Remove from heat.
  • Remove 1/2 cup of syrup and set aside (for basting at the end).
  • Pour remaining syrup over entire ham~all over and in between slices.
  • Wrap ham loosely in aluminum foil or snugly in oven baking bag.
  • Make several slits in top of baking bag (if using).
  • Bake 10 minutes per pound or until ham registers 100 degrees on thermometer.
  • Open foil or bag and roll down to expose ham.
  • Baste ham with 1/3-1/2 juices.
  • Increase oven temp to 350 degrees.
  • Put ham, uncovered, into oven.
  • Place pineapple tidbits over ham if desired.
  • Bake until glaze forms~about 10 minutes.
  • Remove ham from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe Type: meat