Easy Brown Sugar Ham – Damn Delicious
The most incredible brown sugar glaze there ever was. Perfectly sweet, tangy and savory! An absolute holiday classic.
Say hello to the easiest ham recipe for your holiday spread. And I truly mean, the easiest.
Not to mention, the sweet/savory/tangy brown sugar glaze that will knock your socks off. A glaze made of brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, mustard, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon and cloves. All the good stuff here.
I opted for a non-spiral ham this time around, cutting some shallow scores in a diamond pattern to render the fat underneath and let that lovely glaze seep through those cracks, soaking up all that flavor. But a spiral ham will also work just fine here.
If you have any leftovers, there are plenty of ways to repurpose them. Sandwiches are always my go-to.
The most perfect ways to use up some leftover ham
- 1 (8-lb) bone-in, fully cooked, smoked ham, at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Using paper towels, pat ham dry. Using a sharp knife, score the top side of the ham by making shallow cuts in a diamond pattern.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, mustard, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced and slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
Place ham, cut side down, onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush evenly with 1/2 cup brown sugar mixture.
Place into oven, brushing with remaining brown sugar mixture every 30 minutes, until cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 140 degrees F, about 2 hours 30 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes before slicing.