Recipe For Baked Ham With Easy Brown Sugar Glaze

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This recipe for baked ham features the easiest 3-ingredient brown sugar glaze. You’re going to want to keep reading to discover the secret ingredient that makes this glaze so tasty!

Fork picking up piece of baked ham.

 This recipe for baked ham is from my great-grandmother Lela. Her easy 3-ingredient glaze includes brown sugar, yellow mustard, and… coke! Yep, there’s no honey, ground cloves, or pineapple rings used in this ham glaze recipe. The addition of coke makes this glaze so tasty and ham so succulent everyone will be going back for seconds.

A good and simple baked ham makes the perfect main course for any meal and any occasion, including Easter and Christmas dinner. The added bonus is that once you bake a juicy ham, you usually have the leftovers to make at least three more meals. The hambone in and of itself is a goldmine for the best pot of pintos you could ever hope to eat or you can use it to flavor a comforting pot of senate bean soup.

One of my favorite things to do with baked ham leftovers is to reheat some Jordan rolls the next morning, split them in two, and layer warmed slices of ham in between them for a quick, easy, and darn good breakfast. Coffee washes it down just right. There are already several recipes on using leftover ham. So glaze that ham and get it baking, but be sure to save the ham bone with a little meat still on it! Just pop it in a gallon size bag and stick it in the freezer.

Okay, now that I am sufficiently hungry, let’s get this show on the road!

There is another great ham recipe in my cookbook so be sure and check it out! It is one of many which are exclusive to my cookbook, so they will never be on

Recipe Ingredients

  • Smoked ham
  • Yellow mustard
  • Brown sugar (either dark or light brown sugar)
  • Coke of choice 

Adding mustard to glaze ingredients in mixing bowl.

In a small bowl place your brown sugar, mustard, and coke.

Stir glaze ingredients together well.

Give that a good stir.

It will become a lot more liquified than you expect it to.

On the off chance it doesn’t (you know, atmospheric pressure, leprechaun interference, whatever) you can always add another tablespoon of coke.

Cover ham with glaze.

Line a rimmed (or sided) baking pan with aluminum foil, heavy-duty if you have it.

If you don’t have heavy-duty, just use regular. No sense in spending extra money when you don’t have to.

Place ham in the middle of the foil-lined roasting pan.

Brush half of your brown sugar glaze over the ham (just the parts that you can get to).

If you don’t have a brush just use a big spoon and put gobs of the glaze on the ham and then smear it around a bit.

Most of the gadgets we have in the kitchen are pretty much space taker-uppers anyway.

Seal that up well and roast ham in a 350-degree oven for 1 hour.

Baked ham in tray.

After your ham is baked it will look like this.

Cover ham with remaining glaze.

Peel the tin foil back and baste ham with the remaining brown sugar glaze.

Return to oven and bake ham for 30 minutes more uncovered, or until lightly browned.

Slicing baked ham.

Remove the glazed ham from the oven and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice ham how you like and enjoy!

If you need to serve it later you can cover it with foil to keep it warm and let it sit on your stovetop. I suggest cutting your cooked ham within half an hour of removing it from the oven because that is about as long as you’ll be able to stand waiting once you smell it!

Plate of baked ham.

This brown sugar glaze is delicious!

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  • Store leftover ham in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Serve cold or quickly reheat in the microwave.
  • You can also store glazed ham leftovers in a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use any coke you like in this ham glaze, whether that’s diet coke, diet Dr. Pepper, or a simple can of Coca-Cola.
  • I definitely recommend using a baking dish with sides. It’s inevitable that the ham juice will leak out and if it gets in the bottom of your oven you will have quite the smell in your house.
  • I use an electric knife that I got for about $25 (like the one pictured HERE*) to slice my glazed ham, but a nice sharp regular knife will work just fine. 
  • You could also substitute the coke for orange juice if you prefer a more traditional glaze. Another option is ginger ale, if you dare!
  • Decorate your cooked ham with maraschino cherries for a festive touch!
  • There are many different cuts of ham: spiral cut ham, boneless ham, bone-in ham… I recommend the latter for this baked ham recipe.

Recipe FAQs

What do you serve with this baked ham recipe?

You can serve your baked ham in so many different ways. For the main meal (if this is a holiday or Easter ham), serve it alongside side dishes like mashed potatoes (we also have a sweet potato version) and fresh green beans. Another option is to serve it for lunch on a sandwich or with your favorite salad

You may also enjoy these ham recipes:

Ham Egg and Cheese Casserole (Insta Pot or Oven!)

Ham Salad (Recipes SHOULD be easy!)

Smoked Ham and Veggies Pasta Salad

Green Eggs and Ham

How to Cook A Ham & Get At LEAST 4 Meals Out Of It!

Plate of baked ham (Easter menu ideas)

Baked Ham With Brown Sugar Glaze

This recipe for baked ham features the easiest and tastiest 3-ingredient brown sugar glaze that makes your ham positively shine. Also, save that ham bone for other delicious recipes!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham
Servings: 4
Calories: 419kcal


  • 1 approx 8-lb. smoked, ready-to-cook, bone-in ham
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar light or dark, whatever you have
  • 2 tablespoons coke or your favorite carbonated soda
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard


  • Line a large pan with a lip around it with aluminum foil. Place the ham in the center of the foil.
    1 approx 8-lb. smoked, ready-to-cook, bone-in ham
  • In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, coke, and mustard to make your glaze. Brush half of the glaze over the ham. Wrap the entire ham well in foil. Place in a 350-degree oven for 1 hour.
    1 cup packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons coke, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • Remove the ham from the oven and peel back the foil, but don't move the ham. Brush the remaining glaze over the ham and return to the oven, uncovered, for another 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Allow it to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes or so before cutting. If you need to serve it later you can cover it with foil to keep it warm and let it sit on your stovetop. I suggest cutting it within half an hour of removing it from the oven because that is about as long as you'll be able to stand waiting once you smell it.


Calories: 419kcal
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  1. This has been the recipe I have used for every ham I have cooked for some time now. We love it! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    My grandma taught me to mix cranberry jel out of a can, and a small can of orange juice concentrate in a small pan and heat it slowly until it’s all melted together. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and dissolve it then baste the ham with that. It’s really good and I have used this glaze on pork chops and even chicken.

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