ham glaze recipe

Baked ham with brown sugar apricot glaze

Holidays are over but that doesn’t mean you can’t make baked ham. This apricot glazed ham without honey is wrapped in prosciutto and brushed with dijon mustard and apricot jam. Spicy pork rub with brown sugar makes the pork ham tasty, and the apricot jam gives the sticky texture. With no need to baste or cook a ham glaze, this baked ham glaze recipe is good to make any time. 

How to make glazed ham with brown sugar 

ham glaze recipe brown sugar

Remove ham rind – If you buy a ham with skin, you need to remove it first (check my instructions below). You can use fresh or frozen ham, but if you use frozen one, make sure you defrost it naturally and pat dry it with a paper towel before rubbing the spices. 

Make the pork rub mix – Mix oregano, pepper, cajun pepper, smoked paprika, sweet paprika and salt. 

Rub the pork and bake it – Sprinkle the pork rub mixture and rub the ham thoroughly. The better you rub, the tastier pork will be. Wrap the ham in prosciutto. Place the ham in a heated oven, and bake for one hour at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Add brown sugar and prosciutto – After one hour of baking, sprinkle the brown sugar all over the ham and wrap it in prosciutto. Put it back in the oven for an additional one hour. 

Brush the jam and mustard mixture – In the last 15 minutes of baking, brush the mixture of apricot jam and dijon mustard, or any other mustard you have. Alternatively, you can use honey or pomegranate molasses instead of apricot jam. The baking temperature is the same all the time.

How to skin a ham

In case you have bought a ham with the rind, you will need to remove it with a sharp knife. If you leave the rind, neither pork rub mix nor the glaze will reach the meat properly. Even though you will wrap the ham in prosciutto, the slices are cut thinly and there is still some space between them so the spices will flavor the ham. To cut the ham rind, you need a sharp knife and a cutting board. Place the knife between the rind and the meat and cut as much as you can, from all sides. Finally, use your hands to peel the rind off. 

Ham glaze recipe brown sugar – without cooking and basting

baked ham glaze recipe

What I love about this ham glaze is that it’s so simple, you can make it even when there isn’t a special occasion that calls for a ham roast. You don’t have to cook it or baste it either.

Here are the ham glaze ingredients:

  • Brown sugar (one hour after baking ham at 350F, about 4 tbsp for smaller ham) 
  • Apricot jam (3 tbsp) 
  • Dijon mustard (1 tbsp) 

This ham glaze wouldn’t be the same without a special pork rub mix (cajun, smoked paprika, sweet paprika, oregano, salt, pepper) and some prosciutto. Feel free to use other cured meat instead of prosciutto. For this ham of small size I needed around 4 prosciutto slices. If your ham is big, double the ham glaze ingredients. 

Brown sugar is tossed on the ham an hour after baking. At the same time, you should wrap the ham in prosciutto. The apricot and mustard mixture is brushed on the ham in the last 15 minutes of baking. 

How do you thicken a ham glaze?

The apricot jam makes the glaze thick so you don’t need to use cornstarch. This is a recipe for no-cook ham glaze and you don’t have to worry about the thickness. If you want to make ham glaze without honey, this is a recipe for you. 

What side dishes go with baked ham?

Baked sweet potato fries

Sauerkraut in the oven

Sauteed kale 

Spinach and ham pinwheels

Mac and cheese

Savory phyllo dough

I hope that next time you wonder how to glaze ham for Christmas or Easter, you will remember my ham glaze recipe or check this pork roast recipe. Share your impressions in the comments. 

Ham glaze recipe brown sugar

Baked ham with brown sugar apricot glaze, wrapped in prosciutto
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham, ham glaze, pork, pork roast, roast
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 220kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cajun
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam
  • 2 pounds pork ham

Instructions

  • To cut the ham rind, you need a sharp knife and a cutting board. Place the knife between the rind and the meat and cut as much as you can, from all sides. Finally, use your hands to peel the rind off.
  • Mix oregano, pepper, cajun pepper, smoked paprika, sweet paprika and salt.
  • Sprinkle the pork rub mixture and rub the ham thoroughly. The better you rub, the tastier pork will be. Wrap the ham in prosciutto. Place the ham in a heated oven, and bake for one hour at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • After one hour of baking, sprinkle the brown sugar all over the ham and wrap it in prosciutto. Put it back in the oven for an additional one hour.
  • In the last 15 minutes of baking, brush the mixture of apricot jam and dijon mustard, or any other mustard you have.

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