Festive Ham Glaze Recipe
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Festive Ham Glaze Recipe

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As long as I can remember, my favorite room's been the kitchen. My glaze dates back to shortly after my husband (of 23 years now) and I were married. My parents were visiting, I cooked a Sunday ham with this glaze—and I've done it that same way from then on. Since my husband made his career in the Air Force, we spent years in the city or living in close quarters. When he retired, we decided to plant roots here where we could experience the daily wonder of God's creation. (The rise and set of the sun, silhouetting the mountains in the distance, is breathtaking.) Our children are 17 and 11.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 2 hours
MAKES:10-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 2 hours
MAKES: 10-16 servings


  • 1 bone-in fully cooked ham (5 to 8 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Score surface of ham, making diamond shapes 1/2 in. deep. Place in a large baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients; pour over ham. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning ham occasionally.
  3. Reserving glaze, remove ham to a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer. Bake, uncovered, at 325° until thermometer registers 140° about 2-4 hours, brushing occasionally with glaze. Yield: 10-16 servings.
Originally published as Festive Ham Glaze in Country Woman March/April 1994, p31

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"AMAZING!!! I've always searched for a great recipe for my ham. THE BEST. I made it for Easter Dinner. Everyone loved it. I give this 10 ??"

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"This is the best tasting ham glaze! It seems too easy to make to be so delicious. The men in my family decided it was the best ham they had ever had."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"My husband is SO PICKY and he raved about this glaze. It was very simple to prepare and was DELICIOUS. Basting the ham while it cooked gave it a great crusty, sweet glaze. I am going to try this on ham steaks tonight."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"After reading all of the baked ham recipes I am so glad I picked this recipe.it is so good! I like the idea of marinating the ham I put it in a roasting bag so all the juices would stay in the bag and turning it often instead of putting the ham in a bowl. This baked ham recipe was so delicious. I will keep this one in my recipe box and make it again. So good and very moist so easy."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"so easy and simple to make and by the way it taste GREAT"

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