Aug 5, 2020

Honey Ham Glaze for Baked Smoked Ham

Y'all know I like a baked ham always have. I've been ordering my groceries and picking them up. Finding a smoked ham is almost impossible. Harris Teeter had a Spiral Cut Smoked Ham to go on sale recently so I was thrilled to get one of those.

I wasn't thrilled to read the ingredients of the Honey Ham Glaze packet they included with the ham. High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar (who knows what kind I don't like the GMO beet sugars extra info), All kinds of preservatives, artificial flavors, etc. Nope, not for me.

I'm not trying to pick on this particular brand
There are many in the marketplace

I've always made a brown sugar pineapple glaze for my baked hams that we tend to really like around here. I decided to just convert this into one for the spiral cut ham.

You can make this glaze as thin or thick as you like by adjusting the honey and brown sugar. We happen to like pineapple around here so I just use it in my glazes for ham.

I advise you to make a thinner glaze such as this recipe when baking a spiral cut ham. If baking a whole or half-smoked ham you could make it thicker. The choice is yours.

If you don't like pineapple or the juice you may add orange juice or even water to make your glaze.

Honey Glaze for Smoked Ham

Ingredients and Directions

*Pineapple is optional but you need 1/2 -3/4 cups of pineapple juice if not using.*

1 - 20 oz can crushed pineapple:
  • Drain the pineapple well, keep the juice
  • Place the juice into a medium bowl
  • Measure out 1 cup of pineapple place into the bowl with the juice
** Save the remainder of pineapple and refrigerate for another use.

Add The Following Into The bowl with the pineapple and juice:

  • 1/2 cup good quality pure honey
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard or 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped/minced fresh ginger
  • Pinch of cinnamon
Mix thoroughly

You can add half of the glaze cover your ham tightly with foil
Bake at 325 degrees F for approximately 15 minutes per pound. 
Remove from oven 15 minutes before the end of baking time, pour the rest of the glaze onto the ham, return to oven and bake the remaining time uncovered.

Remove when the ham is thoroughly heated rest a few minutes and serve.

** You may use ground ginger or fresh ginger if you don't want the chunky glaze

***This glaze is thin even with the pineapple, but if you want a thicker glaze add more honey and brown sugar that will really stick to your ham.***