Grandma's Traditional Maple & Brown Sugar Holiday Ham
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Grandma's Traditional Maple & Brown Sugar Holiday Ham

Grandma’s Traditional Holiday Glazed Honey & Brown Sugar Ham is a recipe that was nearly lost. It's only got 5 ingredients, including the ham, but those flavors together make for the best holiday ham you can put on your table.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: dinner, main dish
Cuisine: holiday, southern
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 2042kcal


  • 1 spiral sliced ham
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup pear nectar you can find this in the alcohol mix section if its not in the juice section of the store
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup molasses is good too


  • Preheat oven to 375. Place ham cut side down in deep baking pan. Mix pear nectar and OJ together and pour over ham. Roast for 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes with juice.
  • Meanwhile mix together syrup and sugar. Pour on top of ham then spread evenly over it. Bake until sugar carmelizes and starts to form a crust, about an hour. Let rest, enjoy!


Note: Over the years we have moved away from spiral sliced hams for this recipe and have been using the shank end unsliced hams that are usually about half the price of spiral sliced. When we do that, we crosshatch the ham before we bake it. That means we score the outside of the ham with a knife in a diamond pattern. The cuts are usually only about a 1/4 -1/2 inch deep. This helps some of the fat render off the ham and allows the glaze and juice to get down to the meat of the ham.


Calories: 2042kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 172g | Fat: 134g | Saturated Fat: 47g | Cholesterol: 496mg | Sodium: 9501mg | Potassium: 2363mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 7.1mg