Whether a special holiday or a Sunday dinner, this Easy 3-Ingredient Ham Glaze will free you up to visit while the roaster oven does the work.
3 Ingredient Brown Sugar Ham Glaze
If your house is like mine on holidays, I'm running in every direction with every burner bumping.
Heck! Most Sundays look like that here, too.
But when I'm savvy enough to use this recipe, I get lots more time to sit back and enjoy the season.
So buy yourself a spiral-sliced ham and stir together this quick glaze. Wrap it up in foil and throw it in the roaster oven (or regular oven if you have room).
Then sit back and wait for the magic to happen while you enjoy your people.
I love a spiral sliced ham so I don't have to carve it. But throw away that mystery glaze that comes tied to the ham. We can do better than that!
Read the cooking directions that comes on the ham and pay attention to the total weight so you can get a good estimate of cooking time.
Wrap your ham in foil to keep in the glaze and minimize the mess. I use a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Most hams are pre-cooked. Your job is to flavor them with this 3-Ingredient Ham Glaze and heat them up.
3 simple ingredients + a ham, to make this magic happen.
- Crushed pineapple--fruity, syrupy, sweetness that pairs wonderfully with the smokey, salty ham.
- Ground allspice--most people use cloves, but give allspice a try. I think you will like it!
- Brown sugar--brings a warm sweetness to the ham.
How to Make 3 Ingredient Ham Glaze
Preheat the roaster oven or oven to the temperature indicated on your ham packaging. Mine suggested 250 degrees.
Lay 2 large pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil down that are long enough to cover your ham and seal tightly.
Unwrap your ham and discard any packing juices.
Center the ham on the aluminum foil.
In a medium bowl combine crushed pineapple, ground allspice, and brown sugar.
Spread the glaze all over the outside of the ham, allowing it to seep down between the slices.
Wrap the ham tightly and transfer to the roaster oven or oven.
Bake according to the directions. Mine baked for 2 hours at 250 degrees.
Take the ham out of the roaster oven and transfer to a baking pan. Unwrap the foil from the top and sides of the ham, exposing the exterior.
Place the ham under the broiler in your oven for 2-3 minutes, watching it carefully to keep from burning the pineapple glaze.
Rotate to brown evenly.
Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
If you can't find a spiral sliced ham or prefer an unsliced ham--use a sharp knife to score a shallow cross-hatch pattern into the skin all around the surface. This allows the glaze to cook into the ham.
Allspice is my favorite, as it has a complex flavor that I think is superior in this instance, but if you prefer ground cloves, they work well.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of your favorite mustard to the glaze recipe if desired. Yellow, dijon or grainy mustards are all great!
- Reduce the brown sugar to reduce the calories
- Substitute honey for the brown sugar
- Add a spot of horseradish for a little kick
I used my roaster oven for this recipe because it frees up my regular oven for other cooking tasks.
Storing Cooked Ham
Ham can be stored in a lidded container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
I like to cut all the slices off the bone and store what we are going to eat over the next few days in a covered bowl or zip top baggie.
Then I freeze the rest to be used later in soups, beans, and sandwiches. This way I don't get sick of my ham before it's gone!
Don't throw away that bone! Use it to flavor Instant Pot Ham and Beans!
You can make the 3-Ingredient Ham Glaze 3 days or so in advance, though it mixes up very quickly.
Glaze your ham a day or 2 in advance and wrap it tightly in foil. Store in the fridge until you're ready to cook it.
Sure! Cooking the ham in advance can be helpful for your schedule.
Plan for reheating the ham, if desired. You can reheat in the roaster oven or oven if needed.
Other Recipes to Try
For another fix-it-and-forget-it main dish recipe, try our Pot Roast.
Ohhhh... so many dishes go well with 3-Ingredient Ham Glaze!
Red Hot Applesauce jello brings a sweet side dish (or dessert, if you prefer) that echos the warmth of the glaze's allspice.
Finish dinner up with a Sweet Potato Dump Cake and you have carried the warm flavors from beginning to end!
What to do with Leftover Ham
I suggest freezing ham you know you won't get eaten in 2-3 days. I freeze mine in zip-top baggies. But a few recommendations for what to do with all this leftover ham--
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- Wash hands before cooking
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
3-Ingredient Ham Glaze
- 1 small can Crushed pineapple
- 1 teaspoon Ground allspice
- ¼ cup Brown sugar
- Preheat the roaster oven or oven to the temperature indicated on your ham packaging. Mine suggested 250 degrees.
- Lay 2 large pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil down that are long enough to cover your ham and seal tightly.
- Unwrap your ham and discard any packing juices.
- Center the ham on the aluminum foil.
- In a medium bowl combine crushed pineapple, ground allspice, and brown sugar.
- Spread the glaze all over the outside of the ham, allowing it to seep down between the slices.
- Wrap the ham tightly and transfer to the roaster oven or oven.
- Bake according to the directions. Mine baked for 2 hours at 250 degrees.
- Take the ham out of the roaster oven and transfer to a baking pan. Unwrap the foil from the top and sides of the ham, exposing the exterior.
- Place the ham under the broiler in your oven for 2-3 minutes, watching it carefully to keep from burning the pineapple glaze.
- Rotate to brown evenly.
- Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.