Baked Ham

Need a fool-proof recipe for a crowd that will make everyone happy, no matter who’s coming to dinner? Look no further than this classic recipe for the juiciest baked ham ever. All you need to do is make your own glaze with two ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now. 

Brown sugar and yellow mustard (really!) team up to give any ham a luscious, sweet and tangy crust as it slow roasts in the oven. Simply slather on the sauce, wrap the whole thing up in foil, pop it in the oven, and that’s it. 

Need a fool-proof recipe for a crowd that will make everyone happy, no matter who’s coming to dinner? Look no further than this classic recipe for the juiciest baked ham ever. All you need to do is make your own glaze with two ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now. 

Bought a bigger ham? Click and slide the number next to ‘servings’ on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

What kind of baked ham should I buy? 

Try to buy a ham that’s spiral sliced, so the glaze creeps inside the slices as it bakes. Bone-in or out, frozen or fresh, whatever you prefer. If you can’t find a sliced ham, you can score the ham with a chef’s knife, making diagonal cuts about one inch apart on the surface of the ham, to form a diamond pattern. This helps the sauce do its thing!

How long does it take to defrost a frozen ham?

You should plan on 4-5 hours of thawing time for each pound of ham (and up to 7 hours per pound if you have a ham that’s larger than 10-11 pounds). This is best done in the refrigerator to prevent food-borne illness.

How much ham should I buy per person?

Plan on 1/4 – 1/3 lb. per serving of boneless ham. 1/3 – 1/2 lb. of meat per serving of bone-in ham. Click on the number of servings on the recipe card and this recipe automatically adjusts cooking times and quantities for you!

Need a fool-proof recipe for a crowd that will make everyone happy, no matter who’s coming to dinner? Look no further than this classic recipe for the juiciest baked ham ever. All you need to do is make your own glaze with two ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now. 

What kind of pan do I use for baking ham?

A deep roasting pan works, like this one. Or a large casserole or even a cookie sheet with a rim, in a pinch. You’ll be sealing everything up with foil, but you’ll need something to catch the drips, too. 

Can I make my own brown sugar?

To make brown sugar you need one cup of white sugar and one tablespoon of molasses. Mix the two together — the work is faster if you use an electric mixer — until completely blended. Use what you need and store the rest!

What can I substitute for yellow mustard? My family doesn’t like it.

Most people don’t even realize that yellow mustard is in this glaze, because the brown sugar transforms it into pure deliciousness. It’s all about the sweet/acid balance here. I recommend trying the old fashioned yellow kind, but if you must, a dijon style mustard will work, too.

How can I make the juiciest baked ham?

Once you slather on the mustard brown sugar paste, wrap up that ham in foil and don’t peek at it until it’s finished baking! That delicious glaze needs to work its magic. 

Can I make baked ham in a crockpot?

You can absolutely cook baked ham in a crockpot. Cook on low heat and with a closed lid for up to 6 hours, turning and basting the ham halfway through, until the meat is tender and the internal temperature reads 140°F.

Can I freeze baked ham leftovers?

Baked ham freezes well for up to 6 weeks. Wrap any extra ham tightly in foil and thaw slowly for 24-48 hours in the refrigerator when ready to eat.

Need a fool-proof recipe for a crowd that will make everyone happy, no matter who’s coming to dinner? Look no further than this classic recipe for the juiciest baked ham ever. All you need to do is make your own glaze with two ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now. 
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Baked Ham

Need a fool-proof recipe for a crowd that will make everyone happy, no matter who’s coming to dinner? Look no further than this classic recipe for the juiciest baked ham ever. All you need to do is make your own glaze with two ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 104 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 pound) fully-cooked spiral-cut ham (bone-in or boneless)
  • 1 pound brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • aluminum foil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a roasting pan with foil (enough to wrap the ham entirely) and coat with nonstick spray for easy cleanup.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar and yellow mustard until evenly combined into a thick paste.

  3. Set ham on prepared pan and spread brown sugar paste on top. Fold and seal foil (no peaking until the ham is done!)

  4. Bake for 4 hours. Remove from oven and let stand for 1 hour before carving.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Genius Kitchen.

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  1. Absolutely LOVE this recipe, “fool proof” is definitely right! Will definitely come back to this thanks a ton!

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