1 bone-in or boneless ham (about 5-7 lbs)
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard (optional)
1/4 cup pineapple juice or orange juice
A pinch of ground cloves or nutmeg
Preparation: Start by preheating your oven to 325°F (165°C). While it warms up, place the ham (cut side down) onto a roasting pan.
Crafting the Glaze: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend the brown sugar, honey or maple syrup, Dijon mustard (if using), and your choice of pineapple or orange juice. Whisk until you get a smooth, thick consistency. If you’re looking for a little spice, add a pinch of ground cloves or nutmeg to enhance the flavor.
Applying the Glaze: Gently brush the glaze over the ham, ensuring every nook and cranny is covered. Don’t rush this step; the glaze is where all the magic happens!
Baking Time: Slide the glazed ham into the oven and let it bake for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Basting occasionally with the dripping juices will ensure a moist, flavorful ham.
Rest and Serve: Once baked to perfection, remove the ham from the oven. Allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing. This ensures all the juicy goodness is locked in.
Dive into this divine dish and experience the perfect balance of savory ham with the sweet and sticky glaze. A sure-shot crowd-pleaser, this brown sugar-glazed oven-baked ham will turn any meal into a grand feast!