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Apple Cider Glazed Ham

Deliciously spiced, sweet and tasty, this Apple Cider Glazed Ham is an amazing holiday recipe that is super easy to make!

AN APPLE FLAVORED HAM RECIPE

The sweet flavor of apple matches so well with salty ham. If you’ve never eaten some southern fried apples with pork chops, you’re missing out! This Apple Cider Glazed Ham combines those two flavors which makes this a beautifully balanced and flavorful ham. I use one small trick to add those traditional ham spices along with a sweet apple flavor and you probably pass by it all the time at your grocery store – Spiced Apple Cider Drink Mix! Trust me on this one. If you don’t want just any old boring ham again this year, then you have to make my Apple Cider Glazed Ham recipe!

Pronged fork in sliced slices of Apple Cider Glazed Ham on plate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I use apple cider instead of apple juice?

Absolutely! Apple cider will give you a stronger apple flavor and works just fine!

Do I have to use a spiral ham?

This glaze will work with any ham. If you are using a non-spiral ham, I would make sure to cut criss-cross slits in your ham about 1/2-1″ deep so the glaze can permeate the ham.

What size ham should I use?

Anywhere from 8-12 pounds will work well with this recipe but you can certainly go smaller. You’ll just adjust the cooking time. Like with any larger piece of meat, cooking time can vary slightly between hams so always go by the internal temperature for doneness.

Can I use a boneless ham?

Yes. However, I really think you get better tasting meat with a bone-in ham. Its also less likely to dry out with a bone-in ham.

How long does it take to cook a ham?

For this recipe, you will want to cook for about 1 1/2-2 hours or until an internal thermometer inserted into the thickest part reaches at least 140 degrees F. Keep in mind, the ham is already cooked. You are just warming it up. So try not to let it get beyond 145F degrees or your ham will be dry.

Where do I find Spiced Apple Cider Mix?

It can be found right near the hot cocoa. Usually all of that is on the same aisle as the coffee. Here’s an image for the apple cider on Amazon (paid affiliate link). Once you see it, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It really is a delicious drink so make sure you save those leftover packets to have on those cold and windy winter evenings.

Can ham be made in the crock pot?

Yes it can. You won’t get the same caramelization on it that you would by doing it in the oven but it will definitely work. Just make sure you have a crock pot large enough to fit the ham you want to purchase. You would glaze the ham and cook it on low for about 4-5 hours. You’ll want to baste the ham with the glaze at least once an hour. You can flip the ham around halfway through to make sure the whole ham gets covered in glaze. Internal temperature will be 140F degrees when it’s ready.

How do I store leftovers?

It is best to wrap your ham leftovers in plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container. It’s best to leave the ham on the bone to store it but if you’ve already sliced it all off, just put it al in an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for about 3 days. This can also be frozen. Wrap your ham in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer container or place sliced ham in a freezer bag where it will keep for up to 3 months. Let defrost in the refrigerator overnight to thaw out.

Pinterest image with sliced Apple Cider Glazed Ham on plate with whole ham in background on platter.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

Ingredients needed: bone in spiral sliced ham, apple juice, brown sugar and spiced apple cider mix.

HOW TO MAKE APPLE CIDER GLAZED HAM:

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the apple juice, brown sugar, and spiced apple cider mix.

Apple juice, brown sugar, and spiced apple cider mix added to saucepan.

Bring to a bubble and reduce heat to medium low. Reduce mixture until it is thickened and looks almost like maple syrup (about 10-15 minutes).

Thickened apple cider mix in saucepan.

Place ham into a baking dish and coat it with half of the glaze mixture. Note: I like to place the ham (if possible) cut side down with the fattier side facing up. Bake uncovered for 1 ½ to 2 hours until the thermometer inserted at the thickest part reads 140 degrees F.

Ham in pan covered with glaze.

Carefully pour the other half of the glaze over the ham. Put under the broiler in your oven for about 5-7 minutes, watching closely. You want the sugar to caramelize, not burn.

Finished Apple Cider Glazed Ham in pan.

Serve!

Sliced Apple Cider Glazed ham on white plate with whole ham in background.

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Apple Cider Glazed Ham

Deliciously spiced, sweet and tasty, this Apple Cider Glazed Ham is an amazing holiday recipe that is super easy to make!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 8-12 pound bone-in spiral sliced ham
  • 1 ½ cups apple juice
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 packets spiced apple cider mix (they're sold by the hot chocolate)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the apple juice, brown sugar, and spiced apple cider mix.
  • Bring to a bubble and reduce heat to medium low.
  • Reduce mixture until it is thickened and looks like maple syrup (about 10-15 minutes).
  • Place ham into a baking dish and coat it with half of the glaze mixture. Note: I like to place the ham (if possible) cut side down with the fattier side facing up. 
  • Bake uncovered for 1 ½ to 2 hours until the thermometer inserted at the thickest part reads 140 degrees F.
  • Carefully pour over the rest of the glaze. Put under the broiler in your oven for about 5-7 minutes, watching closely. You want the sugar to caramelize, not burn. Then serve.

Notes

  • Apple cider can be used in place of apple juice if you want a more potent flavor.
  • Non-spiral hams will work as well, see my tips above.
  • This can be frozen, see above for tips.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 683kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 41g | Sodium: 2879mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi, Brandie! This is the third time I’ve used this recipe & I REFUSE to my hams any other way! The first time I made it was for Christmas & my family here in Kentucky RAVED over it! I want to thank you for another great recipe! 🙂 Happy Easter! 🙂