Festive Ham Glaze

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 2 hours


16 servings

Updated: Apr. 11, 2023
As long as I can remember, my favorite room has 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.


  • 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 zest
  • 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. Bake, uncovered, at 325° until a thermometer reads 140°, 2-4 hours, brushing occasionally with glaze.

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked ham: 196 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 749mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 21g protein.