Cooking ham is a family favorite idea for the holidays and just about any occasion really. Are you looking for a way to give your ham a new lease of life?

Look no further because this easy brown sugar glaze for ham will give your ham a surprise new taste sensation that your family will love.

Don’t worry if you are not sure what to put with the ham as after the recipe there is a fantastic section on amazing and easy side dishes for ham so that you can make a complete dinner and really knock your family’s socks off. Give it a go!

Directions and Ingredients

Searching far and wide for the most moreish and succulently sticky brown sugar ham glaze around? Stop right there! Here are the ingredients for you to make the best glaze in town.

  • 8-10 lb or 4-5 kg fully cooked ham with the bone in
  • ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp of spicy mustard or Dijon mustard (to give it that extra little kick)
  • ½ a cup of water
  • ½ a cup of unsalted butter
  • ½ a cup of honey
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 5 cloves of smashed garlic

So, you have everything you need, you are bursting with energy to get started, but not sure how to make a glaze for ham? Don’t worry, because I have done all the hard work for you.

Tried and tested many a time and approved by all the family (and the little ones, of course) coming your way are the most efficient instructions on how to make a glaze for ham. Follow these directions to make a superb glaze in next to no time.

  1. To start everything off you will need to turn up the heat. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit or 150 degrees Celsius and place the oven rack towards the bottom half of the oven. Remove any packing that the ham may be wrapped in and cut off and throw away the rind. Allow the ham to rest at room temperature for about 1-2 hours.
  2. Line your baking dish with greaseproof paper or kitchen foil to reduce the cleanup when you have finished cooking.
  3. Take the rind off of the ham making sure you don’t remove the fat with it. This is an important step as removing the rind helps your glaze flavors sink into the ham). Use a knife to score the meat in a 2.5-centimeter wide diamond pattern over the entire surface of the ham, not cutting more than half a centimeter deep. Transfer the ham into the prepared baking tray and pour the water into the base of the pan and cover the ham with foil or greaseproof paper. Roast for 30 minutes.
  4. While you are waiting, use a small saucepan to melt the butter on low heat. When golden brown add in the brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard or spicy mustard, ground cinnamon, ground cloves and mix well until the sugar has dissolved. Then add in the crushed garlic and cook for a few more minutes until the garlic starts to tenderize then take it off of the heat onto a heatproof mat to allow it to cool.
  5. When the 30 minutes are over remove the ham from the oven and change the oven temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit or 220 degrees Celsius. Use ⅓ of the glaze you have prepared and spread it over the ham, making sure it gets into the cut diamond squares.
  6. Pop it back in the oven uncovered and roast for 15 more minutes.
  7. After 15 minutes remove the ham from the oven again and baste with ⅓ more of the glaze you have prepared, basting it with any of the glaze that may have collected at the bottom of the baking dish. Repeat this step twice. Cook until a golden brown crust forms, that should roughly take a further 15 minutes.
  8. Remove the ham from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Slice, serve and enjoy!

What to Serve With Ham

Got your ham all ready, family coming over by the busload but not sure what sides to serve with it? Not to worry, this ham will work wonders at tea-time with the following sides:

Mashed Potatoes

Why not put it together with some delicious garlic mashed potatoes, here are the ingredients for you to get stuck in.

  • 7 cups of baking potatoes, peel them and then cube
  • 6 cloves crushed garlic
  • ½ a cup of milk (full fat is best but any will do)
  • 4 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ of Parmesan cheese (optional for extra creaminess)


Not a potato lover or looking for a lighter option? Try it with asparagus! The tangy flavors in asparagus contrast perfectly with the sweetness of the ham glaze. Sweet and sour your suppertime!

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • Enough olive oil to lightly coat the asparagus
  • A pinch of salt