Baked ham, cooked low and slow with brown sugar

Baked ham, cooked low and slow with a brown sugar glaze, is a succulent, sweet, and savory dish that epitomizes the art of slow cooking. This method ensures the ham becomes incredibly tender, absorbing the rich flavors of the glaze, resulting in a dish that’s not only a feast for the taste buds but also a centerpiece that commands attention at any gathering. Perfect for holidays, special occasions, or a Sunday family dinner, this recipe celebrates the traditional techniques of baking ham while incorporating a simple yet flavorful glaze that enhances the natural sweetness and savory depth of the meat.


For the Ham:

  • 1 (8 to 10-pound) fully cooked, bone-in ham (spiral cut works well)
  • 1/2 cup water

For the Brown Sugar Glaze:

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)


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