Apple Cider Glazed Ham


Pulling off an impressive holiday ham at home takes just a few simple steps. Start with a good-quality, bone-in spiral-cut ham — make sure it is unglazed. Coat it with this deliciously sweet apple cider glaze featuring light brown sugar, honey, and Dijon mustard. Brushing the glaze onto the ham in 15-minute intervals during the last 30 minutes of baking creates a wonderfully sticky and caramelized crust. Serve any leftovers on biscuits with a slather of mustard.

honeybaked ham
Photo: Photo by Greg DuPree / Prop Styling by Missie Crawford / Food Styling by Ali Ramee
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar

  • ½ cup honey

  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cup apple cider, divided

  • 1 (8- to 9-lb.) fully cooked bone-in spiral-cut ham half


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a roasting pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Stir together brown sugar, honey, mustard, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup of the cider in a medium bowl.

  2. Place ham in prepared pan so that individual ham slices are perpendicular to pan bottom. Brush ham with 3/4 cup glaze, gently pushing glaze in between slices. Turn ham over so that bottoms of slices are now facing up; brush an additional 3/4 cup glaze in between slices. Turn ham so that the large, flat, cut side is facing down in pan.

  3. Pour remaining 1/2 cup cider into bottom of pan. Cover tightly with foil. Bake in preheated oven 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven; remove and discard foil. Brush ham evenly with 1/3 cup glaze; return to oven, and bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Brush with 1/3 cup glaze; return to oven, and bake until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of ham registers 140°F, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven; brush with remaining 1/3 cup glaze and pan drippings. Let stand 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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