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Are you the type that loves the sweet and savory combination that comes from a glazed ham? This Ham glaze recipe is something that can add incredible flavor to your oven-baked or smoked ham.

spiraled ham in iron skillet

If you are looking to learn how to smoke a ham on your favorite smoker, then you will want to check out my smoked ham recipe. Smoking a ham will leave you questioning how you’ve eaten ham any other way. 

We love smoking ham for the Christmas or Easter holidays. Our favorite sides include smoked macaroni & cheese, sweet homemade cornbread, and my easy-to-make creamy coleslaw.

The spicy, warm and sweet flavors combine to take your ham over the top. Let’s take a closer look at a simple ham glaze recipe.

What Is the Purpose of Ham Glaze?

Ham glaze is meant to enhance the flavor of the meat. Our taste buds enjoy the combination of sweet and savory flavors.

The smoky flavor of ham pairs beautifully with the sweet brown sugar and honey of the ham glaze.

Ham Glaze Ingredients and ham displayed on cutting board
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients.

The added spices give the ham a comforting taste that reminds you of the holidays. Of course, ham glaze is for more than just flavor. The glaze also helps keep the ham moist and tender as it cooks.

What Are the Ingredients in Ham Glaze?

There are many combinations for ham glaze. Popular ingredients used in ham glaze recipes include brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, dry mustard, and ginger.

A good ham glaze is a combination of flavors.

Preparing Ham Glaze ingredients in sauce pan
Ham glaze is so easy to make.

For this recipe, we’ll be using the following ingredients:

  • Light brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves

How Do You Make Ham Glaze?

Ham glaze is so simple to make. You combine the ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently. Once the ingredients come to a boil, remove from the heat. Don’t over cook!

Applying Ham Glaze
Don’t apply the glaze too soon.

When Should I Glaze My Ham?

Ham glaze should be added in the last 15 to 20 minutes of the cooking process.

A double smoked ham in the iron-skillet
Delicious ham glaze recipe for your next holiday dinner!

Doing so any sooner risks burning the sugars in the glaze. The last thing you want is to ruin your entire ham because you added the glaze too soon.

Don’t forget to check out my tips for smoking a ham on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker!

Ham sliced in iron skillet and served on gray plate
Love the combination of sweet and savory flavors? You’ll love this ham glaze.
Ham Glaze Ingredients

Ham Glaze Recipe

This Ham glaze recipe is something that can add incredible flavor to your oven-baked or smoked ham.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham glaze recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 171kcal
Author: Mark Rogers


  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves


  • In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently with a whisk, just until the glaze comes to a boil. Remove from the heat immediately.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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