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4 Ways To Cook A Homemade Glazed Ham With Easy To Use Cooking Charts

This is an easy to follow recipe for you to use in cooking a glazed ham for you and your family. Have you ever wonder how to make your own homemade glazed ham. Every time I make a ham for Easter or Christmas, I follow these same techniques with the orange slices and ham glaze recipe.

Homemade-Ham-Glaze

The best part about making your own homemade ham glaze, it will help remove the extra salty taste from the ham. The orange slices also helps in removing the excess salt while adding flavor and moisture to the ham while it is cooking. Every time I serve this glazed ham at parties or just for my family, I receive rave reviews! I hope your family will enjoy it too!

I will be giving you my ham cooking tips throughout this post. I will also be sharing easy to follow cooking charts on how long to cook your ham in the oven, Crockpot, Electric Roasting Pan, and in a Traeger Smoker Grill. That way you have four great ways to cook and enjoy your glazed ham.

What You Will Need Know Before Cooking Your Glazed Ham

  1. When selecting your ham, make sure it is a pre-spiral cut ham. This will make the ham easier to serve during the meal.
  2. When selecting the size of your ham, make sure you have a pound of meat per person. That way you don’t run out of ham at the meal.
  3. Make sure you have a large enough roasting pan or foil pan for your ham to be cooked in.
  4. You will need 2 large oranges for slicing so you will have enough to put in between the ham spirals.
  5. When using orange slices you might need to use toothpick to keep the ham spirals together.

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

(Amazon links)

  1. Roasting Pan or Foil Roasting Pan
  2. Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil (This will help with clean up later!)
  3. Digital Meat Thermometer (This is the one I use when smoking my meat on a Traeger Grill.)
  4. A Roasting Rack (This will go in the roasting pan.)
  5. Sauce Brush For The Glaze
  6. Toothpicks
  7. Cutting Board
  8. Small Saucepan
  9. Carving Knife and Meat Fork For Serving

Homemade Ham Glaze Recipe

(Amazon links)

  1. 1/4 cup Real Maple Syrup (pancake syrup leaves a bad aftertaste)
  2. 1/2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cloves
  4. 1 cup Brown Sugar
  5. 1 Tbsp. Yellow Mustard
  6. 1/2 cup Water
  7. 1/4 Tsp. Ground Ginger

Ham Glaze Instructions

  1. An hour and a half before the ham is done cooking prepare the glaze.
  2. In a small saucepan combine ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil. Remove the glaze from heat.
  3. Brush the glaze over ham 30 minutes before ham is done cooking in the oven.
  4. If you are smoking your ham on a Traeger Grill, then add the glaze an hour before the ham is done cooking.
  5. Place the ham back in the oven or smoker uncovered to finish cooking.

Note: You can always make the ham glaze the night before and store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

Homemade glazed ham
Homemade glazed ham

How To Prepare A Ham To Cook In The Oven

It is important to talk about food handling safety when preparing a ham or any other meat. I would suggest review the cooking information that comes with packaging of your ham. If your ham is not cooked correctly, then there no point in making a glaze for your ham.

You will want to make sure the meat is cooked to 14o degree F. Using a meat thermometer will help you check the meat internal temperate. Make sure the thermometer is placed in the meatiest part of the ham without touching the bone. Here is a link to the same digital meat thermometer I use with my Traeger Smoker Grill (link to grill on Amazon). It is easy to use and can be used with your oven, Crockpot, and Electric Roasting Pan too.

If you want to learn more about food handling safety when it come to cooking a ham, I would suggest looking at the USDA website. They have excellent information on what are the best practices when cook different types of ham.

Ham Cooking Preparation Tip:

The night before the big ham dinner, these are the steps I take in preparing the ham for cooking. That way I am not rushing around trying to get the ham ready. I can actual enjoy spending more time with my family and friends.

  1. Wash the two large oranges and place them on the cutting board.
  2. Slice the two large oranges making 1/8 of an inch rings.
  3. Set the orange slices aside. That way they are ready to slide into the ham spirals later.
  4. Make sure your roasting pan is lined with aluminum foil. This will help with making clean up a lot easier for you later.
    • You can skip this step if you are using a foil roasting pan.
  5. Lay the roasting rack in side your roasting pan or Electric Roasting Pan.
  6. Remove the ham from the wrappings inside a clean sink so the ham juices don’t get on the counter.
    • Tip: You can save the ham juices for the bottom of the pan for soup.
  7. Place the ham on top of the roasting rack inside your roasting pan or Electric Roasting Pan.
  8. The ham should be on it’s side with the fat or meatiest portion facing up and the flat end laying down.
  9. Add a 1/4 cup of water to the bottom of the roasting pan.
  10. Place the orange sliced in between the ham spirals.
  11. If the spiral ham layers will not stay together use toothpicks to pin the ham together.
  12. Cover the ham with foil and place back in the fridge.
Orange-slices-for-glazed-ham
Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

How Long Do You Cook A Ham Per Pound In The Oven?

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. to bake your glazed ham in the oven. Once your oven is done heating up you can place your ham in the oven. You will want to cook or bake you ham for 15 minutes per pound. Here is this handy chart that you can use to help you in baking and knowing when to glaze your ham.

How long do you cook a ham a per pound?
Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F. Cook your ham for 15 minutes per pound. Brush on your ham glaze 30 minutes before your ham is done cooking.
Ham Size
by Pounds
Cooking Time
(covered with foil)
Glazing Time
(foil removed)
Total Cooking
Time
5 lbs. 45 min. 30 min. 1 hr. 15 min.
6 lbs. 1 hr. 30 min. 1 hr. 30 min.
7 lbs. 1 hr. 15 min. 30 min. 1 hr. 45 min.
8 lbs. 1 hr. 30 min. 30 min. 2 hr.
9 lbs. 1 hr. 45 min. 30 min. 2 hr. 15 min.
10 lbs. 2 hr. 30 min. 2 hr. 30 min.
11 lbs. 2 hr. 15 min. 30 min. 2 hr. 45 min.
12 lbs. 2 hr. 30 min. 30 min. 3 hr.
13 lbs. 2 hr. 45 min. 30 min. 3 hr. 15 min.
14 lbs. 3 hr. 30 min. 3 hr. 30 min.

This chart will help you decide when you should put your ham in the oven for cooking; if you want to serve you ham for a 5:30 pm dinner. You can adjust the serving time to your needs. The calculated times below includes the time it will take to pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F., the time it will take to glaze your ham, and the total cooking time by the pound. 

You will want to start preparing the ham glaze at 3:45 pm. That way it will be ready for you when you pull the ham out of the oven at 4:45 pm to put the glaze on the ham. It will take about 15 minutes to brush the glaze onto the ham. This will still give you the remaining 30 minutes you need to bake the glaze onto the ham.

When to start cooking a ham per pound?
Cooking start time, if you want to serve you ham for a 5:30 pm dinner. You can adjust the serving time per your needs. The calculated times below includes pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F., time it takes to glaze your ham, and the total cooking time by the pound.
Ham Size
by Pounds
Total Cooking
Time
Start pre-heating
your oven for
5:30 pm serving
5 lbs. 1 hr. 15 min. 3:45 pm
6 lbs. 1 hr. 30 min. 3:30 pm
7 lbs. 1 hr. 45 min. 3:15 pm
8 lbs. 2 hr. 3:00 pm
9 lbs. 2 hr. 15 min. 2:45 pm
10 lbs. 2 hr. 30 min. 2:30 pm
11 lbs. 2 hr. 45 min. 2:15 pm
12 lbs. 3 hr. 2:00 pm
13 lbs. 3 hr. 15 min. 1:45 pm
14 lbs. 3 hr. 30 min. 1:30 pm

If you want to smoke your ham instead of baking it in the oven, I have some helpful charts you will find useful in cooking your ham with a Traeger. We like to use our Traeger Smoker Grill in cooking our meat. We have even smoked our Thanksgiving Turkey in it too. You can find my recipe for How to make a Smoked Turkey at this post.

How Long Do You Cook A Ham In A Smoker?

You will want to preheat your Traeger Grill to 325 degrees F. to smoke your glazed ham. Once your Traeger is done heating up you can place your ham in the smoker. The best pellets to use when smoking a ham on a Traeger Grill would be the Apple (link to the pellets) or Cherry (link to the pellets) style pellets for the best results. You will want to smoke your ham using the quick reference chart that I made below.

You will want to make sure the meat is cooked to 14o degree F. Using a meat thermometer will help you check the meat internal temperate. Make sure the thermometer is placed in the meatiest part of the ham without touching the bone. I use this digital meat thermometer with my Traeger Smoker Grill, you can get the same meat thermometer here with this link.

This chart is for cooking and knowing when to glaze your ham with a Traeger Smoker Grill. Your cooking time and results may vary with a different smoker. Please review your manual to your smoker when planning your cooking time. We use a Traeger Elite 22 Smoking Grill and we having not been disappointed! Here is a link to the Traeger Elite if you want to check it out for yourself.

How long do you smoke a ham per pound?
Pre-heat your Taeger Grill to 325 degrees F for 15 munites. Outdoor tempture and wind chill can langthen cooking time. Brush on your ham glaze 1 hour before your ham is done cooking.
Ham Size
by Pounds
Cooking Time
(covered with foil)
Glazing Time
(foil removed)
Total Cooking
Time
4 – 7 lbs. 1 hr. 30 min. 1 hr. 2 hr. 30 min.
8 – 11 lbs. 2 hr. 1 hr. 3 hr.
12 – 15 lbs. 2 hr. 30 min. 1 hr. 3 hr. 30 min.

This chart will help you decide when you should put your ham in the Traeger smoker for cooking; if you are planning to serve you ham for a 5:30 pm dinner. You can adjust the serving time to your needs. The calculated cooking times below includes the time it will take to preheat your Traeger to 325 degrees F., the time it will take to glaze your ham, and the total cooking time by the pound. 

You will want to start preparing the ham glaze at 3:15 pm. That way it will be ready for you when you put the glaze on the ham at 4:15 pm. It will take about 15 minutes to brush the glaze onto the ham. This will still give you the remaining 1 hour you need to bake the glaze onto the ham.

When to start smoking a ham per pound?
Cooking start time, if you want to serve you ham for a 5:30 pm dinner. You can adjust the serving time per your needs. The calculated times below includes pre-heat your Traeger grill to 325 degrees F., time it takes to glaze your ham, and the total cooking time by the pound.
Ham Size
by Pounds
Total Cooking
Time
Start pre-heating
your oven for
5:30 pm serving
4 – 7 lbs. 2 hr. 30 min. 2:30 pm
8 – 11 lbs. 3 hr. 2:00 pm
12 – 15 lbs. 3 hr. 30 min. 1:30 pm

If grilling or smoking is not your thing, you can use a large Crock Pot or an Electric Roasting Pan with a lid to cook your glazed ham. This is a great way to free up extra space in your one and only oven for other side dishes that need to be cooked. Both kitchen appliances work roughly the same way but will need some of your counter space as a trade-off.

How Long Do You Cook A Ham In A Crockpot?

You can cook a 4 to 10 pound ham in a crockpot on LOW for 4 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 2-3 hours. Make sure your crockpot is big enough before trying to cook your ham in it. You can test your ham by placing it in the crockpot with the wrapping still on and try putting the lid on top. If your crockpot lid doesn’t fit correctly, you have three options.

  • You can trim the ham until if fits in your crockpot.

  • You can cover the ham with three layers of heavy-duty foil to make a tight seal around the crockpot. Just watch out for the hot steam!

  • You cook the ham in the oven instead

You will want to start preparing your ham glaze before you put the ham in crockpot. Once the glaze is ready, remove the ham from the wrapping and place it flat side down in the crockpot. You can use a crockpot liner bag to make cleaning up your crockpot easier, here is a link to the Crockpot Liners I use. Add the orange slices in between the ham spirals and pour the glaze over the ham.

Add 2 cups of water to the crockpot so there is 1/4 inch of water at the bottom to help keep the ham moist. Turn your crockpot on low to cook your ham or you can use the chart below to decide how long to cook your ham. Baste your ham once every hour, for each hour it cooks to get that beautiful caramelize glaze result on your ham. Here is a link to the baster I use for my meat recipes, it is easier to clean than the others I have tried.

How to make a glazed ham in the oven
Image by vivienviv0 from Pixabay

I have used my 8 quarts oval crockpot to cook a ham in the past. The ham turned out very juicy and was easy to sever. It made it easier to removed the ham bone and use the ham stock later for a soup.

You will want to make sure the meat is cooked to 14o degree F. Using a meat thermometer will help you check the meat internal temperate. Make sure the thermometer is placed in the meatiest part of the ham without touching the bone. I use this digital meat thermometer with my Traeger Smoker Grill, you can get the same meat thermometer here with this link.

This chart is for cooking your glazed ham with a standard large 8 quart oval crockpot. Your cooking time and results may vary with a different crockpot since some crockpots cook hotter than others. Here is a link to the large crockpot I used for this recipe chart.

How long do you cook a glazed ham in a Crockpot?
Add 2 cups of water to the Crockpot so there is 1/4 inch of water at the bottom of the pot. Baste your ham once every hour, to get the beautiful caramelize glaze on your ham. You can use a Crockpot liner bag to make cleaning up your Crockpot easier.
Ham Size
by Pounds
Cooking Time
on LOW
Cooking Time
on HIGH
2 – 3 lbs. 3 hours 1.5 – 2 hours
4 – 10 lbs. 4 – 6 hours 2 – 3 hours

How Long Do You Cook A Ham In An Electric Roasting Pan?

Place the roasting rack and ham inside your Electric Roasting Pan. Add the orange slices in between the ham spirals. Turn your Electric Roasting Pan to 275 degrees F. to cook your ham. You will want to cook your ham for 20 minutes per pound. Add 2 to 4 cups water to the Electric Roasting Pan so there is 1/4 inch of water at the bottom to prevent the ham from scorching. 

You will want to make sure the meat is cooked to 14o degree F. using a meat thermometer will help you check the meat internal temperate. Make sure the thermometer is placed in the meatiest part of the ham without touching the bone. I use this same meat thermometer with my Traeger Smoker Grill, you can get the same meat thermometer here with this link.

Homemade-Ham-Glaze

This chart is for cooking and knowing when to glaze your ham with an Electric Roaster Pan with a lid. Your cooking time and results may vary with a different Electric Roaster Pan, please check your manual first. Here is a link to the Electric Roasting Pan used for this recipe chart. It has an excellent 22 quart size capacity for cooking both hams and large turkeys.

You will want to start preparing the ham glaze an hour before you ham is done cooking. Brush your glaze onto your ham 30 minutes before your ham is almost done cooking. Turn the heat up on your Electric Roasting Pan. Leave the lid off the ham during the last few minutes of cooking so the glaze can caramelize on the ham.

How long do you cook a glazed ham an Electric Roasting Pan?
Pre-heat your cooker to 275 degrees F. Cook your ham for 20 minutes per pound. Add 2 to 4 cups water to the Electric Roasting Pan so there is 1/4 inch of water at the bottom. Brush on your ham glaze 30 minutes before your ham is done cooking.
Ham Size
by Pounds
Cooking Time
(covered with lid)
Glazing Time
(removed lid)
Total Cooking
Time
5 lbs. 1 hr. 25 min. 15 min. 1 hr. 40 min.
6 lbs. 1 hr. 45 min. 15 min. 2 hr.
7 lbs. 2 hr. 5 min. 15 min. 2 hr. 20 min.
8 lbs. 2 hr. 25 min. 15 min. 2 hr. 40 min.
9 lbs. 2 hr. 45 min. 15 min. 3 hr.
10 lbs. 3 hr. 5 min. 15 min. 3 hr. 20 min.
11 lbs. 3 hr. 25 min. 15 min. 3 hr. 40 min.
12 lbs. 3 hr. 45 min. 15 min. 4 hr.
13 lbs. 4 hr. 5 min. 15 min. 4 hr. 20 min.
14 lbs. 4 hr. 25 min. 15 min. 4 hr. 40 min.

If you like this recipe, then you will love these recipes!

How to Make A Smoked Turkey
How to Slow Roast A Turkey
Easy Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce
Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Homemade Flaky Biscuits Recipe
Homemade Flaky Crescent Rolls

I hope you enjoy this ham glaze recipe as much as my family does. Please share this recipe if it was helpful to you!

Homemade-Glazed-Ham

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