Root Beer Glazed Ham Recipe

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For a unique spin on the traditional glazed ham recipe, try this Southern specialty from our Test Kitchen where the secret ingredient is root beer!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 bone-in fully cooked spiral-sliced ham (7 to 9 pounds)
  • 3 cups root beer
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces ham equals 338 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 2097 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 38 g protein.


  1. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Score the surface of the ham, making diamond shapes 1/2 in. deep. Bake at 325° for 2 hours.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 30 minutes.
  3. Brush ham with some of the glaze; bake 30-60 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 140°, brushing occasionally with remaining glaze. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Root Beer Glazed Ham in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p170

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"I prepared this ham last year for about a group of 75 people. It had such great reviews that it was requested again this year by several out of town quests."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"Excellent !!!! I made this for an Easter dinner and it now has become my go to when I bake ham. Bone in ham is a family favorite and everyone loves this glaze. I put the extra on the table to top on the spot."

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