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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.
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.
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.
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.
For this recipe, we’ll be using the following ingredients:
- Light brown sugar
- 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!
When Should I Glaze My Ham?
Ham glaze should be added in the last 15 to 20 minutes of the cooking process.
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.
Ham Glaze Recipe
- 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.