Glazed Country Ham

Ham…’s what’s for dinner! And since Easter is next week, a beautifuly glazed and tasty ham that you baked yourself would definately be the shining star on your Easter dinner table!

Easter has always been a big deal in our family and dying Easter eggs takes center stage,  but since my “boys” are now 26 and 31 let’s just say it’s been a little while since I purchased the basic Paas Easter Egg dye kit.

So now the tradition continues with my precious little grandsons.  Marshall and Ryder are 4 months apart and besides being cousins, they are best buddies and partners in crime, which will mean trouble as they get older, I’m sure! Anyway, they are finally old enough to color Easter eggs, without any huge disasters and so the adventure began. They watched very impatiently while I got everything set up. Once everything was ready we put one of their daddy’s huge old t-shirts over their clothes, which they thought was hilarious, and then we got started. With their daddy’s help they each colored 6 eggs, since there are 6 colors in the kit this seemed like the best course of action. They were fascinated and were pretty patient while waiting to turn each egg every minute or so. Before we started I had secretly written their name on one egg with the clear wax crayon so when the color was dark enough for their name to show up they thought it was magic! Once the eggs were dyed enough and were allowed to dry for a few minutes they had loads of fun putting stickers on them. And since the sweet little Easter stickers that came in the kit were boring I whipped out the Blaze, Paw Patrol and Ninja Turtle stickers! Once they were done you could hardly see the color of the eggs because of so many stickers, but they had a blast! Those are memories they, and I, will have forever.

Ok, back to the ham!

You could purchase a spiral cut ham ready to heat and serve or even one you glaze yourself, and they are always good, but they can be expensive and you can’t control the ingredients they put in the glaze. The beauty of doing your own ham is you can purchase when they are on sale, which I usually do, and freeze until you need it.  You can also glaze it or not, but if you glaze it yourself you can flavor the glaze any way your family would like!

Of course you will need a few side dishes and desserts to go along with your awesome Glazed Ham. My Cheesy Hash Brown Potato Casserole ,  Vegetable Medley Casserole and Southern Style Green Beans with a Kick will pair beautifully with ham. And you can’t go wrong with Best Ever Chocolate PieBanana Split Cake , Baked Coconut Custard Pie or Gooey Butter Cake for dessert!

Here’s the recipe for the glaze.  Feel free to tweak the seasonings or leave them out all together. You can simply use the brown sugar and 1 cup of any liquid you like. Coke or Dr Pepper work great!


  • 8 – 10 pounds smoked ham shank
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Burbon or brandy – I used brandy
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a small bowl combine the glaze ingredients
  • Rinse the ham and pat dry
  • Place on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet pan
  • Score the ham both directions in a grid pattern
  • Place the ham with the flat side down on the pan
  • Rub half of the glaze on the ham and the ham and uncovered for 45 minutes
  • After 45 minutes remove the ham from the oven and rub the remaining glaze over the ham. Continue baking for another 1 1/2 hours until the glaze is browned and crispy
  • Allow the ham to rest for 15 minutes before slicing


I have been a caterer, restaurant owner and cake decorator. My precious Grandmother taught me how to cook and bake.

Let me know what you think! I would Love to hear from you!

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