This Spicy Citrus Baked Ham Glaze is a fantastic way to keep that ham moist while baking and develops a wonderful, caramelized crust that is just mouthwatering. Orange, cinnamon, clove and chipotle powder all add to this ham glaze to make that holiday dinner memorable. Plus the sauce is made in 10 minutes!
I like to use a pre-cooked spiral ham that I pick up at Honey Baked. Having the bone in keeps things moist, whether it’s a cut of beef, chicken or pork, if you have the option of bone in, do it. Another great thing about using one of these is that it keeps you out of the kitchen and with your guests. Isn’t that why we all get together?
Simply let the ham come to room temperature, maybe an hour or so on the counter covered. This way it will cook evenly instead of a cold block of ham going in the oven where the outside will warm up and the inside won’t.
While it comes to room temp, make the Orange Sauce that I use on my Southern Pulled Pork sandwiches. I spice it up with some added dijon, chipotle powder and a pinch of red chili flakes, but feel free to play around with the amounts if you like to keep the kick down a bit. I like a good bite and with the sweet citrus and spices, it’s a great combination.
Now that the sauce is made we unwrap the ham and baste it all over with half the sauce. Get in all those nooks and crannies, too! Wrap it back up in enough aluminum foil to seal it and place on a roasting rack over 2-3 cups of water in a roasting pan.
Remember this is already pre-cooked, so we are simply making sure it’s warm throughout. Seal and cover it in the foil after glazing and cook it in the oven for 2 hours.
After that we turn the temp up higher and it gets basted once more so the outside caramelizes for a crunchy exterior and in the oven it goes again uncovered for 15 minutes. The aroma is OFF THE HOOK.
At this point the internal temperature should be 110°F and needs rest for at least 15 minutes covered. Then serve it up to happy friends and family. Enjoy!
Need ideas what to do if there are any leftovers? I’ve got you covered! Check out this Pineapple Ham and Cheese Hand Pies recipe, or my Crustless Spinach Quiche with Ham, or use it in this Slow Cooker Ham Bone Bean Soup.
- 8-10 lb spiral cut ham
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp ground clove
- pinch red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- Remove covered ham from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature 2 hours.
In a saucepan over high heat whisk together the orange juice, zest, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, ground clove, red pepper flakes, chipotle powder and dijon mustard. Turn heat to medium and cook until thickened. Stir often. The sauce will be a thick amber. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Unwrap the ham and baste it all over with half the sauce. Get in all those nooks and crannies with the brush. Wrap it back up in enough aluminum foil to seal it and place on a roasting rack over 2-3 cups of water in a roasting pan.
- Bake ham for 1.5-2 hours, or until the center registers 110°F, about 12 minutes per pound.
- Remove ham from oven and turn oven temperature to 400°F.
- Bast once more so the outside caramelizes for a crunchy exterior and in the oven it goes again uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve with any remaining sauce.