Glazed Ham with Apricot-Mustard Sauce

baked ham
Photo: David Loftus
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins

This is a very tasty sweet glaze for a holiday ham that is already cooked. Apricot and mustard come together for a tasty flavor that's sure to delight all at the dinner table.


  • 7 pounds (about half of a bone-in) cured smoked ham, (butt end), room temperature

  • 2 cups apricot jam

  • ¼ cup mustard powder

  • Butter for aluminum foil


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with rack in lowest position. Line a large roasting pan with aluminum foil; place roasting rack in pan.

  2. With a sharp knife, trim fat, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick layer. Lightly score fat in a diamond pattern (do not cut into meat). Place ham, fat side up, on rack; roast 1 hour.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine jam and mustard (they can be mixed and refrigerated up to 1 day ahead). Transfer 1/2 cup mixture to a small bowl to glaze ham. Set aside saucepan with remaining mixture.

  4. After 1 hour, brush ham with glaze. Repeat every 15 minutes until brown and shiny, and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part, avoiding bone, registers 130 degrees, about 1 hour more (if glaze starts to burn, tent ham with buttered foil). Discard unused glaze. Remove ham from oven; cover loosely with buttered foil to keep warm. Temperature will then rise another 5 to 10 degrees.

  5. Bring jam mixture in saucepan to a boil. Carve ham, reserving bone and 2 cups of meat for Split Pea Soup. Serve with sauce.

Cook's Notes

The meat counter at your market is likely to carry a few different kinds of ham. Choose half a smoked bone-in ham labeled "fully cooked." Here, a country-style ham would be too dry and salty.

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