This easy and incredibly delicious ham glazed with brown sugar, maple syrup and select spices will be a crowd pleaser at any holiday gathering or potluck.
This Brown Sugar & Maple Glazed Spiral Ham recipe is one of my go-to family favorites that I serve almost any time I host a party. This little ham goes a long way and is always a crowd pleaser.
What are the best spiral hams?
My favorite smaller spiral ham is Kentucky Legend. It is hands down the best, in my opinion. For larger spiral sliced hams, I love the ones sold at Costco every year during the holiday season.
How to Get a Crusty Sugary Glaze on Ham
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.
What sides go best with glazed ham?
This ham is fully cooked before you even remove it from the package, but the baking 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.
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.
What to do with leftover ham?
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!!!
- 1 (6- to 7-pound) ham (fully cooked, spiral sliced)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves (ground)
- 1/3 teaspoon allspice
- pineapple bits (optional)
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
- Place ham on baking dish.
- Pour half of glaze (below) over ham and in between spiral slices.
- Cover ham snugly with foil.
- Heat for 1.5 to 2 hours (2 hours for larger ham)
- Open foil or bag and roll down to expose ham.
- Baste ham with remaining glaze.
- Increase oven temp to 350 degrees.
- Put ham, uncovered, into oven.
- Bake until glaze forms~about 10 minutes.
- Remove ham from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
- Insert pineapple tidbits in between spirals (optional).
- Place brown sugar, maple syrup, and spices in small saucepan.
- Heat on medium-low until sugar dissolves.
- Remove glaze from heat.
- Remove 1/2 cup of glaze and set aside (for basting at the end).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g