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Spiral ham coated in a brown sugar glaze on a platter.

Spiral Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

This spiral ham is coated in a homemade brown sugar glaze, then baked in the oven to tender and juicy perfection. A simple way to prepare ham that's both easy and elegant. You'll be sure to get rave reviews from family and friends!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 408kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 8 lb bone in spiral cut ham
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • cooking spray
  • fresh herbs and fruit for garnish optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add the butter, brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg to a medium sized pan. Place the pan over medium heat.
  • Bring the pan to a simmer and cook for 4-6 minutes or until glaze is syrupy.
  • Place the ham in the baking dish and pour half of the glaze over the top. Cover the ham tightly with foil. Reserve the other half of the glaze for later use.
  • Bake the ham for 2 hours, then uncover the ham.
  • Brush the remaining glaze over the ham. If the glaze has started to harden you can liquefy it by microwaving it for 30 seconds.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the ham, uncovered, in the oven. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until glaze is caramelized and browned.
  • Transfer the ham to a serving platter, then garnish with fresh herbs and fruit as desired. Spoon the pan drippings over the ham. Slice the ham, then serve.



Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 373mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.2mg