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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Enjoy this baked ham with brown sugar glaze during the holiday season or Easter! Brown sugar and orange juice create the stickiest glaze for a delightful recipe.

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze is a must-make this Easter season!

Real Life Alert: This is not the usual ‘professional food’ pictures you might be used to seeing. This was a “Hey! Let me snap some pics on my phone while I make this!”

Baking a ham for easter

Okay, so it’s a holiday, and you want to serve a big baked ham.

Honey Baked Hams are an actual arm and a leg, and you know you can do this at home, right?!

I’ll show you how to bake a precooked ham at home and glaze it up nice and shiny, sticky and sweet. 

How to Bake a Precooked Ham

In a baking dish large enough to hold your precooked ham (I prefer the spiral-sliced ones!), add your ham and over it VERY tightly in aluminum foil. 

There’s no need to add any liquid, as the ham renders, juices will flow out and give you a great basting liquid.

How to Bake a Ham for the Holidays

What temperature do I cook my ham at?

I cook mine at a normal 350˚ — if you are putting this in before you leave for church or while you’re gone for a few hours, turn it down to 275˚.

How long do I cook the ham?

Usually, a precooked ham needs 10-14 minutes per pound. So, depending on the size of yours, you’ll need to do some math.

How do you make a ham glaze from scratch?

Copycat Honey Baked Ham Recipe

In a saucepan, you’re going to add these ingredients:

  • Orange juice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Whole Grain Mustard

Let this coming to a boil, being mindful of not letting it burn. You’ll want this to boil for about5-6 minutes. Enough to reduce the orange juice, and make a stick glaze that coats the back of a spoon.

Please be careful! This glaze is HOT! Do not go sticking your fingers in here to see what it tastes like! 

Glazing a Ham for the Holidays

After an hour, remove your ham from the oven and take the foil off.

Get out a silicone basting brush, and start glazing the ham with your brown sugar glaze.

Every other swipe, I like to dip my brush into the pan juices and give the ham a good baste.

Now, put the ham back in the oven, uncovered, for a few minutes. Set your timer for 3 minutes exactly!

(Side Note: This glazing part is all dependent on how hot your oven actually is. So, keep a close eye for the sugar burning too much, etc.)

After 3 minutes, pull the rack out and glaze again.

Put it back in the oven.

Do this over and over until you feel like you’ve got it nice and glazed, or until you run out of the glaze.

Best Ham Glaze Recipe

You’ll notice this ham has some darker spots — those are okay! They’re extra delicious, and the parts people fight over at my house!

Easter Ham Recipe with Glaze

From here, you can add to a serving platter or slice it off the bone and pile it high.

Perfect Pairings – What to Serve with the Brown Sugar Glazed Ham:

The Perfect Easter Menu:

So, y’all tell me, what’s on your holiday table this year?? I’d love to hear in the comments below your favorite thing!

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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze like Honey Baked Ham

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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

5 from 4 reviews
  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10+ 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: holiday


Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze is perfect for Easter or any holiday. Just a few simple ingredients, and you’ll have a Honey Baked Ham copycat recipe to use on any precooked ham!


  • 1 Precooked Spiral-Sliced Ham
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbs Whole Grain Mustard


  1. In a baking dish large enough to hold your precooked ham (I prefer the spiral-sliced ones!), add your ham and over it VERY tightly in aluminum foil. 
  2. Place in a COLD oven, then turn to 350˚.
  3. The ham need 10-14 minutes per pound. (This 9 pound ham took 2 hours) Cook until 140˚ in the center for a precooked ham.
  4. While the ham bakes, pour your orange juice, brown sugar, and mustard into a sauce pan.
  5. Boil for 5 minutes, or until it’s reduced and sticky, glaze like.
  6. During the last 20 minutes of baking, baste the ham with the glaze every 3 minutes. Be careful to watch for burning sugar! Some is okay, though! 😉 
  7. Let it rest 10 minutes before serving to a very hungry crowd!


You can make the glaze a few days ahead of time.

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  1. This is such a timely recipe – just what I have been looking for! I’ve got all the recipes I need to have a good holiday now. Thank you!

  2. Can’t wait to try this recipe out for Easter! It will be fun seeing if anyone can guess what the secret ingredient (OJ) is in the glaze!

  3. What’s on my table for Easter this year? Not nearly as many items as I would usually make, ? but, Granny’s noodles, fo’ sho!

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