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Honey Mustard Glaze for Ham –

Honey Mustard Ham Glaze is tangy and bold and full of both the sweetness of the honey and the citrus of the orange. This simple ham recipe will become a family favorite request for all holidays!

Honey Glazed ham on the buffet with wine

 Today’s recipe is for Honey Mustard Ham glaze is an ideal recipe for entertaining. Ham can feed a big crowd quite inexpensively and there is always plenty left for leftovers.

This honey mustard ham glaze has a few added flavors in the glaze that make it perfect for special occasions (bourbon, honey, orange peel and ginger.)

Close up of honey glazed ham in the criss Cross cuts.

What kind of ham to buy?

  1. There are generally two cuts of ham. The Shank or the Butt. The butt generally has more meat on it to use, but you can’t go wrong with either cut. The most important thing to make sure to buy is a ham with the bone in. The flavor is much more pronounced and better. (And besides, you want that bone to make soup with for leftovers!)
  2. There are 3 ways it’s usually labeled. Country, City, Fresh. This refers to the Cure of the ham. Country ham is dry-cured, City ham is Wet cured and Fresh in uncured. Most often you see Country Ham in the store.
  3. When looking at hams the most important factor is the labeling in regards to water content. You want the ham to be labeled Ham, natural juices or just plain Ham. If you see Ham, water added you are getting a very watered-down version of ham. The ham with natural juices has much more flavor and you are getting more meat than water. (Note, the cost is a big giveaway … basically, if it’s super cheap, you know its probably full of added water!)

How do you make a honey mustard ham glaze?

Making a ham glaze is very simple and the trick to this one is to make a glaze by stirring the glaze in two parts. First stir the lemon juice, brown sugar, orange juice, orange zest, honey, and ginger and stir well to dissolve all the sugar. Then brush onto the ham.  You leave the mustard out until after it bakes so the mustard can thicken the leftover glaze for serving alongside the finished ham.

Buffet table of honey ham glazed ham with wine.

How long do you cook a ham?

Ham is generally purchased already cooked so you are just warming up the ham.  Its best too cook it for long periods of time on low heat.  First, brush a small amount of glaze on the ham and place it on a roasting pan and tent loosely with foil. It does depend on the size of your ham but generally, a whole ham(12-16 pounds) will need to be cooked for 1- 2 hours until its temperature reaches 125° – 135°.  Cooking on the low temp will avoid the ham from drying out.

Remove the ham from the oven and turn the heat up to 425°.  Then remove the foil, brush generously with more glaze and brush the ham every 3-4 minutes allowing the ham glaze to caramelize and get to a golden brown color.  It will take about 10-15 minutes but watch it very carefully so it does not burn.

What recipes can you make with leftover ham?

Golden Glazed Ham with bourbon ready to serve on the table

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Yield: 12

Honey Mustard Ham Glaze

Close up of honey glazed ham in the criss Cross cuts.

Honey Mustard Ham Glaze is tangy and bold and full of both the sweetness of the honey and the citrus of the orange. This simple ham recipe will become a family favorite request for all holidays!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 12-16 pound bone in ham


  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Line the pan you will use in the oven with foil.  (This will save huge amounts of time with cleanup)
  3. Lower rack to lower third of the oven.
  4. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients EXCEPT the mustard and stir until sugar is dissolved completely.
  5. Remove ham from plastic, pat dry.  
  6. Place ham meat face down so that the fat side is face up.
  7. Using a knife cut 1/4" lines in a cross pattern (see photo)
  8. Brush ham with a small amount of the glaze.
  9. Place a foil tent over the top of the ham and bake for about 2 hours until ham is 125°- 130° in temperature.
  10. Remove ham from oven and increase the temperature to 425°
  11. Brush ham with glaze every 4 minutes until it turns a deep golden caramelized brown color.  WATCH THE HAM VERY CAREFULLY NOW So it doesn't burn. (about 15 minutes)
  12. Remove ham from oven and place on a cutting board to cut.
  13. Take ham drippings in the bottom of the pan and add them to 1/3 cup of leftover glaze along with 1/4 cup mustard.  Mix until well combined.
  14. Serve Honey Mustard sauce along side Ham.


Recipe Adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

12 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 848Saturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 3652mgCarbohydrates: 26gSugar: 25gProtein: 65g
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Monday 2nd of April 2018

This looks so good - perfect timing for Easter. I need to plan further ahead next time so that I can make it :-)


Thursday 29th of March 2018

Oh how I miss ham! It's been years since I've had a baked one. This recipe makes me totally want to change all that!!!


Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Love the sound of the glaze for this.


Wednesday 28th of March 2018

This is mouthwatering! I don't cook hams too often, but the next time I do, I'm making this recipe!

Sue Lau

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Looks beautiful for Easter dinner!


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