I’ll be honest, I don’t like ham. It’s a staple at every winter holiday get together for my in-laws, but I just don’t see the big deal. Give me a good piece of chicken or a nice brisket any day. Except if the ham has a good glaze-then I’m on board. So, with the Easter holiday coming up and the inevitable ham that will be served, I’m here to rescue you from bland, lukewarm meat with this awesome Easter ham glaze!
Easter Ham Glaze
What’s the secret to a good, glazed ham? A can of Dr. Pepper! It sounds weird, I know. But the multiple flavors (all 23) in Dr. Pepper just mellow so well with the brown sugar and elevate the ham. Before you get going, you need a good roasting pan with a rack. I recommend this one. It’s easy to clean and it works great with more than just ham. Once you’ve got your roasting pan, you need to get a fully cooked Bone-in ham that is about 13-15 pounds.
- 1 whole fully cooked Bone-in Ham
- Whole cloves
- 3 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. spicy brown mustard
- 1 can Dr. Pepper
- 3 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
First: Heat that oven up to 325F.
Second: Score the top of the ham in a nifty diamond pattern. You want a sharp knife (like this one) and you want to cut about 1/8″ deep. After cutting your diamond pattern, push cloves into the middle of each diamond. Then put your ham onto your roasting pan and cover with foil. This allows the ham to cook through without burning. Check the ham’s package to see how long and at what temp to cook it-they have the final say.
Third: Make your Glaze! Start by heating brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and soda in a small saucepan until it’s good and bubbly. Next, stir and continue to cook until the mixture starts to thickened. This should take about 15 minutes.
Last: Start brushing that glaze on your ham! After about two hours of cooking, remove the foil tent and brush the glaze on the ham. Leave the foil off, and put the ham back in the oven. Repeat this every 20 minutes until the ham is beautiful and glossy. When it has reached the end of its baking time, remove from the oven and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes before you carve it.
Result? A beautiful ham that is going to taste delicious! Especially if you pair it with some fresh rolls.
Before you go, check out my post on Easter Jell-O. Happy Easter!