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!

Feels good when people like your cooking, doesn’t it?


  • 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. Christy — Can I use the Splenda brown sugar in lieu of regular brown sugar in the glaze? I’m diabetic and trying to reduce the temptation.



  2. All my aunts, uncles and cousins gathered fot Sunday dinner at Grandma Wyatts house. While we kids played “Annie Over”, took turns on the tire swing, or played “freeze tag”, the ladies sweated over a hot stove in the un-air-conditioned kitchen, and the men sat smoking on the screened-in back porch
    It was the 50s after all. The littlest kids and the men ate first; then the older kids and ladies got a turn. The menu usually consisted of chicken (fried or with dressing) and whatever vegetables were growing in Grandma’s garden. After everyone finished the leftovers were covered with a clean tablecloth until the next feeding. And since there were no microwaves back then, we ate leftovers at room temperature and never got food poison, lol!

  3. Dad was in the Army when I was growing up and we lived near several different Army Bases. During the summer we would come home to TN and stay with my granny and paw McCulloch, that’s my mom’s parents, for two weeks. Every Sunday she would make fried chicken with pan gravy, biscuits, baked white sweet potatoes, green beans, sliced tomatoes and dried apple stack cake for dessert. She made the best fried chicken ever. I loved to dip my finger shaped white sweet potato in my gravy just like paw did.

  4. I will have to give this one a try! When I cooked ham at Christmas I used your other recipe and just poured lite pancake syrup on it …one of the best hams we have ever eaten!

  5. Question for anyone. I bought the shank portion of a ham today. It’s one of the water added kind.

    Do I need to let it cook 2 hours? I don’t want it to dry out.


    Steve Zandy

  6. My ham is similar to yours, but my glaze is a little different – during the last 15 minutes I take off the lid (or foil) and pour over a can of cherry pie filling and spread it all over the ham and put it back in the oven to warm through. Everybody asks for the recipe for the delicious “cherry glaze” and it’s just a can of pie filling! Yum!!!

  7. Can this ham be made in a counter top cooker? Also does it HAVE to be a bone in ham? We normally get a spiral cut.

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