This delicious Spiral Ham recipe will be the perfect main course for your holiday meal or special occasion! Spiral Ham with Maple Brown Sugar Glaze is simple to make and gives a flavorful ham perfect to eat as is or on a sandwich. Use leftovers for breakfasts and lunches!
Is ham intimidating to you? Worried it will be dry? Keep reading for everything you need to know about how to cook a spiral ham that is super flavorful and juicy!
Spiral ham is a great main dish and is popular for Easter and Christmas holidays. You can also make this Maple Brown Sugar Spiral Ham for any occasion!
It can be sliced and served heated as the main meat entrée or served chilled and added to bread and cheese for amazing ham sandwiches!
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Spiral Ham Supplies & Ingredients:
Did I mention this recipe is super easy? Minimal kitchen tools are needed since the ham is precooked it basically heats itself and with the addition of a few ingredients, you can create a delicious glaze.
- 9 x 13 baking dish
- 1 cup measuring cup
- Silicone basting brush (optional)
- Aluminum Foil
- 6-9 lb sliced spiral ham
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup maple syrup
Make sure to use a quality maple syrup! I love pure maple syrup.
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Everything to Know About Spiral Hams
Spiral Ham is a precooked, bone-in ham. You can find boneless spiral hams but mostly they are bone-in hams where the butcher cuts the ham in a spiral around the bone creating easy-to-cut slices.
Are Spiral Hams Cooked?
Yes! Spiral Hams are fully cooked and can be heated and served or served chilled for sandwiches!
Rule of thumb is to heat the ham 10-14 minutes per pound. You can use temperatures from 275F to 325F. The higher the temperature the less heating time needed. This flexibility is also nice depending on how much time you have to heat it!
My best tips for a juicy ham are:
– Reserve the liquids in the packaging and pour over the ham before any seasonings are added.
– Once ready to heat, cover tightly with foil making sure the steam is not able to release.*
– Heat in the CENTER of your oven.
– Use lower temperatures in the 275-325 range to reheat.
*you may remove foil and broil or bake the last few minutes to caramelize any seasonings!
Leftover spiral ham may be kept in an air-tight container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
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How to Cook Spiral Ham with Maple Brown Sugar Glaze
Easy Spiral Ham with Maple Brown Sugar Glaze
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the apple juice, brown sugar, and maple syrup.
- Bring to a bubble and reduce heat to medium low.
- Reduce mixture until it is thickened and glazy, about 10-15 minutes.
- Place your ham into a baking dish, fatty side up and pour any liquids from the packaging on top of the ham. Coat it with half of the glaze mixture.
- Cover tightly with foil and bake in the center of your oven for 1 ½ to 2 hours until a thermometer inserted at the thickest part reads 140 degrees F.
- Carefully remove the foil and pour the rest of the glaze over the ham.
- Put under the broiler in your stove for about 5-7 minutes, watching closely. You want the sugar to caramelize, not burn.
- Servings are estimated using 3/4 to 1 pound per person for a bone-in ham.
- Refer to my notes above in the post for my best tips for a juicy ham.