Joy to the world ’cause ham is here! It’s on your table right now! Joy to the World Glazed Ham is actually a relatively simple main course befitting the holidays: just score, brush, and bake. The result is a succulent, tender roast ham with a caramelized brown sugar and brandy glaze all over! A few little notes of herbs and spices round out this impossibly delicious center to any feasting table! You’ll be feeling joyous about eating Joy to the World Glazed Ham!

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  • 1 (8-10-pound) smoked ham
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.

Step 3 –Lay the ham on the prepared baking sheet flat-side down.

Step 4 –Score the ham with cuts, 1-inch and 1/4-inch-deep, in a grid pattern across the entire surface of the ham.

Step 5 –In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, the brandy, the whole grain mustard, the cornstarch, the ground cumin, the coriander, the allspice, the cayenne pepper, and the salt until a glaze forms.

Step 6 –Rub 1/2 of the glaze over the surface of the ham.

Step 7 –Bake the ham for 45 minutes.

Step 8 –Rub the remaining glaze over the ham and return it to the oven until the exterior is dark and crusty and the ham is warmed through, about 45-75 minutes.

Step 9 –Serve.