Pepper Jelly Cranberry Glazed Ham has to be one of my favorite glazed ham recipes. The little kick from the pepper jelly and sweetness from the cranberry sauce and brown sugar make the glaze for this ham ridiculously delicious! Everyone will want this ham on their holiday table!
A glazed ham is a great dinner idea for Sunday dinner to a holiday meal such as Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner. Ham is one of the easiest and cost effective meat that one can serve as main dishes.
Ham provides lots of leftovers (which can be the best parts) and is great for a large gathering like the holiday season always brings.
When choosing a ham, I tend to go with a spiral ham. A “Spiral cut” ham means it is already pre sliced around the bone. It’s already cooked when you buy it, so all you really have to do is heat it and glaze it. Being already marked for cutting, so there’s no guessing on angle.
A spiral ham is foolproof, and so much easier when it comes time for serving the ham slices. So this recipe is using a spiral cut ham (fresh ham), yet you can use a non-pre-cut ham if you choose. You can also use a boneless ham for this recipe.
Spiral hams usually come with a glaze packet, yet I never use it. I have found homemade ham glaze for ham tastes so much better, and is so simple to make. When using my crockpot to make ham, I love this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham, yet when making baked ham in the oven for less time to cook, I use this simple recipe. It has become one of our best dinner recipes ever.
For this cranberry glazed ham, we are making a cranberry glaze with pepper jelly and brown sugar. With just 4 ingredients, and a prep time of 10 minutes, you can have the best holiday ham on your table within a couple of hours.
It’s less stressful than making other big meals, and your decreases your shopping lists. With a serving size of 6-10, it can easily be made on Christmas day with leftovers to be enjoyed after the holiday chaos has subsided.
This spiral ham recipe is sweet and tart, and with hints of spice and bursts of cranberry. Rather than an ordinary Cranberry Spiral Ham, this one has a small kick of spice thanks to the pepper jelly. This delicious cranberry glaze gives the perfect taste combination for ham.
How to Make Pepper Jelly Cranberry Glazed Ham
You need the following 4 ingredients to make this best ham:
- 1 fully cooked bone-in spiral ham (6 to 8 pounds)
- brown sugar
- whole cranberry sauce, or jellied cranberry sauce
- hot pepper jelly
To Make: Pre heat oven to 350 degrees and place ham in a shallow baking dish or shallow roasting pan, fat side down. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine cranberry sauce with the brown sugar and pepper jelly. Stir until combined.
Continue to stir over medium heat until the mixture comes to a bubble. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Spoon half of the glaze over the ham, and bake for 1 hour. Cover the top of the ham with aluminum foil if you find it getting too brown, yet this depends on the size of your oven and how high up your racks are.
Spoon the remaining gaze of the cranberry mixture on top of ham, and then continue to bake another 15-30 minutes longer (when the internal temperature reaches 140° when a meat thermometer is inserted, it’s done).
TIP: Double this perfect glaze recipe if you want some for serving on the side. It makes for a great cranberry side dish. As well, this sauce is also great on chicken wings and pork chops.
What to Serve with Ham?
We like serving this holiday ham dinner with Garlic Herb and Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes, mashed potatoes, or even these Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. Other sides can include Green Bean Casserole, Honey Glazed Carrots, and Baking Powder Biscuits.
For a new recipe to try, you can also make your own Homemade Bread, Cucumber Pomegranate Salad, or Corn and Avocado Salad. There are so many sides to choose from whether it’s a christmas ham or a weekend dinner. The tangy glaze pairs with many side dishes.
Try this ham recipe with desserts like Maple Pumpkin Pie, or individual tarts such as these Mini Pumpkin Pies. You can’t go wrong with Chocolate Pecan Tart, Pumpkin Pie Poke Cake or pair elegant ham with this surprisingly easy Pumpkin Creme Brûlée.
Leftover Ham Recipes:
- Cheesy Ham Breakfast Casserole
- Ham and Havarti Twists
- Easy Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
- Ham and Cheese Strata Brunch
- 1 fully cooked bone-in spiral ham (6-8 lbs)
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 14oz can cranberry sauce
- 1 cup pepper jelly
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place ham in a shallow roasting pan or baking dish.
- In a saucepan over medium heat combine the brown sugar, cranberry sauce and pepper jelly.
- Stir until combined.
- Continue to stirring over medium heat until the mixture comes to a bubble. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Spoon half of the glaze over the ham.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 1 hour.
- Spoon the remaining glaze over the ham and bake another 15-30 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 140° and ham is heated through.
Double the glaze if you want some for serving on the side.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 97mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 51gProtein: 2g