For my Holiday Ham this year I decided to make this Brown Sugar and Cherry Glaze instead of the Brown Sugar Glaze I usually use. It was so good I think I have a new favorite.
This glaze recipe is enough for a 10 lb ham. You might need to adjust the quantity of each ingredient if your ham is smaller or larger in size. This amount of glaze has served me well for hams between 9-12 lbs.
🍖 How do I bake Ham
Put ½ cup of water in the bottom of a baking dish. Brush ⅓ cup of the glaze on the ham. Cover ham in heavy-duty foil and bake. Halfway through the baking process, brush another ⅓ cup on the ham and continue to bake.
Several factors come into play when determining how long to bake your ham. For a fully cooked ham, you will want to bake it at 350°F for 10 minutes per pound. To be safe, you should always defer to the directions on the package.
Your ham will be ready when the internal temperature reaches 140°F to 145°F.
Many hams you purchase at the grocery store include some sort of glaze in a little plastic pouch. While many of them are pretty good, nothing beats a homemade ham glaze, especially this Brown Sugar and Cherry Glaze for your Holiday Ham.
I like to glaze my ham about every 30 minutes when cooking my ham low and slow. I usually start my ham at 225°F for 2 hours then crank it up to 300°F or so till the internal temperature reaches 145°F. This is my preferred method but feel free to cook your ham however you feel comfortable.
For more great recipes with Balsamic Vinegar, I suggest you check these recipes out:
📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Brown Sugar and Cherry Ham Glaze recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Cherry Preserves, Packed Brown Sugar, Balsamic Vinegar, Dijon Mustard and Fresh Thyme.
🥣 How to make Brown Sugar and Cherry Ham Glaze
In a small saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Cook the ham according to package directions, basting with glaze every 30 minutes. The ham is ready when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
Brown Sugar and Cherry Ham Glaze
- 1 ½ Cups Cherry Preserves
- ¼ Cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 2 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 2 teaspoon Fresh Thyme, chopped
- In a small saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
- Cook the ham according to package directions, basting with glaze every 30 minutes. The ham is ready when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.
This Brown Sugar and Cherry Ham Glaze is the best glaze that I have ever made. It was great with my thanksgiving ham. The cherry preserves makes this glaze the amazing flavour that it is.