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A Glazed Christmas Ham with Four Slices Cut Off
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5 from 4 votes

Christmas Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

It’s a Christmas classic! Scored in a diamond pattern, studded with cloves and covered in a honey-dijon glaze, this Christmas Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze is really a showstopper on the table!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas dinner ideas, christmas ham, christmas ham recipes, ham glaze recipe, holiday ham, how to cook a ham, how to cook a ham in the oven, traditional christmas dinner
Servings: 16
Calories: 425kcal


  • Oven


For the Ham:

  • 8 to 10 pound bone-in fully cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves, optional, but recommended

For the Glaze:


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Pour 1 cup of water into the base of a roasting pan. Set roasting rack on top.
  • Place ham, cut-side down, on the roasting rack.
  • Score the fat creating a square or diamond pattern, cutting only 3/4-inch deep.
    Stud each diamond or intersection with a clove.
  • Tent the ham with foil so that it can steam, and bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the ham is cooking, make your glaze by combining the brown sugar, honey, dijon mustard, and ground all spice in a small saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Boil for 2 minutes and then remove from heat.
  • Once the 20 minutes of cooking is up, remove the foil and baste or brush the ham with some of the glaze.
  • Return the foil tent and continue to bake for 20 minutes per pound of ham.
  • Every 20 minutes, baste the ham with more of the glaze and return the foil-tent each time.
  • Once the internal temperature of the ham has registered 130 degrees on your Instant Read Food Thermometer, remove the foil and baste with the glaze once again and the proceed to broil the ham for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the glaze has caramelized.
  • Remove the ham from the oven and return the foil. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.


Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 2657mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg