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A great holiday ham glaze needs to have three things: wonderful flavor, gorgeous, shiny appearance, and a crispy, crackling crust you can hear across the room. I'm happy to report this easy-to-make glaze has all those things in abundance.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs 35 mins
total:
2 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 glazed ham
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Pour water, star anise, and cloves into the bottom of a roasting pan. Place a roasting rack into the pan over the water, anise, and cloves; place ham on rack. Cut 1/4-inch deep slashes 1/2-inch apart lengthwise and crosswise across the top of the entire ham.

  • Bake ham in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Whisk brown sugar, honey, mustard, vinegar, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl until glaze has a thick, smooth consistency.

  • Brush glaze all over ham. Continue baking ham, brushing glaze on every 20 minutes, until glaze is deep golden and ham is heated through, about 2 hours 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 degrees F (54 degrees C).

  • Use a kitchen torch to heat the glaze on the ham until it is crispy and caramelized, 2 to 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If roasting a regular ham, bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 140 degrees F (60 degrees C).

You can use any vinegar in place of rice vinegar, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

455 calories; protein 34g; carbohydrates 18.9g; fat 26.4g; cholesterol 97.3mg; sodium 1918.7mg. Full Nutrition
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