How to bake a Spiral Ham? 2 Steps for Best Spiral Glazed Ham. Ditch the packet that comes with your ham and try our recipe with only 2 ingredients and 2 easy steps for best spiral glazed ham. Whether you’re hosting a holiday dinner or planning a special occasion, a spiral-glazed ham may be the perfect thing to serve! Our Best Spiral Glazed Ham will deliver the best-tasting and perfectly glazed ham every time.
The Spiral-Cut Ham…
Every time we host a holiday dinner with family and friends, some of our family members prefer ham on the menu rather than turkey.
But not just any ham, an Uncured Spiral Bone-in Ham!
- Besides, for starters, spiral-cut hams come “already” pre-sliced.
- Plus, they come from the back leg of the pig which is leaner and less fatty cut. This means they have a tendency to dry out if cooked incorrectly.
- Keep in mind, that “uncured hams” cost a little more but they are definitely worth it!
Perfect Reasons to buy “Uncured” Spiral-Cut Ham..
- No sodium nitrates or nitrites are added, including no sodium phosphates.
- No artificial preservatives or flavoring to embellish its color or flavor.
- It’s already perfectly sliced for you, making it easy and convenient to serve.
- Plus, you will get a natural-tasting ham and one that is healthier for you.
Here are two cooking methods for preparing and baking spiral-cut glazed hams.
A. USING the OVEN: one method is baking the ham in the oven.
B. or SLOW COOKER: the other method is in a slow cooker.
What You Need to Make this Best Spiral Glazed Ham:
For our recipe, you will only need these 2 ingredients for the glaze:
- 2 navel oranges – to keep the ham moist and juicy while baking.
- All-Natural, already-made (link) Brown Sugar & Spice Ham Glaze that brings out the rich, savory flavors in this uncured ham.
And the flavor? It is unbelievable, every time!!
Once you taste this uncured ham? You’ll never go back… we promise!
With these easy steps and only 5 minutes to prep! A spiral ham is truly a time-saver!
Cook’s Notes and Tips…
- No need to make your own glaze and NO reason to use “the packet” that most hams come with, which comes with unwanted preservatives, and additives. We discard the packet.
The ingredients in this one jar for ham glaze are already done for you! It is a perfect blend of brown sugar, mustard seed, vinegar, pineapple juice, salt, spices, horseradish, and white wine.
Best part? All-natural ingredients with no fillers or artificial flavors.WE LOVE THAT! And the jar of glaze is sold at Harris Teeter, or you can easily get it on Amazon too – …and they will ship it to your home as well! And NO, this is not a sponsored post, oh – how I wished it was!
Also, we have purchased hams online from Tender Belly and from Pederson’s Farms.
How to Make Our 2 Easy Steps for Best Glazed Ham?
Here are two methods of cooking your glazed ham:
A. TO BAKE HAM IN THE OVEN:
1. First thing to do, is to remove the ham from its packaging, and do this inside your sink. Give it a quick rinse, then lightly shake off excess water. Transfer the ham to a roasting pan and lay the ham with its flat-side down in a large roasting pan.
2. Second, take 1 navel orange and squeeze the juice directly over the entire ham.
3. Next, begin to glaze the ham with this already-made brown sugar and spice ham glaze, and glaze the ham like you are frosting a cake, using the back of a large spoon or a small basting brush. Use as much as you need. I used the entire jar for a large spiral ham.
4. Slice the second orange into several wedges and place them around the ham, as shown in the photo.
Now your uncured ham is ready for the oven.
5. Then the ham (uncovered) is baked in a preheated oven, and on low heat for only 10 to 12 minutes per pound. (*full recipe below).
The Second Method:
B. WITH SLOW-COOKER:
- First, a 7-quart oval slow cooker can accommodate a 10-pound ham. Place the ham in a large slow-cooker, flat/ face side down.
2. Spoon or brush the glaze onto the ham, and squeeze the orange juice over it with our 2 ingredients.
3. Cover and cook on “high” for 2 to 3 hours or on “low heat” for 4 to 5 hours. Recommended internal temperature to read at 140 degrees.
4. Next, Turn on your oven to “Broil” and rearrange the racks in the oven to fit the ham below several inches from the heating element. Remove the ham from your slow-cooker and place it in your baking pan. Spoon and brush any remaining glaze over the ham.
5. Broil the ham in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes, until it browns on top. Do not allow the ham to burn. Remove and set it aside to rest for a few minutes before serving.
How To Store and Freeze Leftovers?
- Store slices of leftover ham in an air-tight container and in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. These are great for making sandwiches.
- Also, you can cut the leftover ham into pieces, and save 1 or 2 cup portions in the freezer, and for up to 3 months.
- Then use the ham for other recipes and future dishes like omelets, easy mini frittatas, and quiches, or toss them into soups and stews, and even salads.
This Spiral Glazed Ham will quickly become a favorite to serve with any of these sides:
- Maple Glazed Carrots
- Best Creamy Mashed Potatoes (How to make mashed potatoes)
- Baked Peas and Artichoke Hearts
- Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe
- Best Broccoli Salad (keto)
- Stuffing – Sicilian Style
- Healthy Italian Butternut Sweet Potato Casserole
- Sauteed Green Beans and Onions
- Sweet Mashed Potatoes with Mascarpone Cheese
This baked ham turned out better than we had expected!
With this simple recipe, you will notice a world of difference in flavor. The ham is flavorful and tender.
The truth is… I don’t care for ham, because I always found conventionally cured hams “to be too salty,” and afterward I find myself drinking water all night long.
To my surprise, my husband was right to buy an uncured ham.
It was such a huge difference!
Every time we serve it, everyone raves and tells us it’s the BEST tasting spiral glazed ham they have ever had!
The flavors are truly wonderful. It turns out to be a huge hit every time. Everyone LOVES it! Including ME!
Baking a spiral-cut ham with just these 2 easy steps will save you precious time in the kitchen and leaves you time to enjoy your guests!
Try this recipe! You won’t be disappointed. 🙂
…THANKS For PINNING!!
Additional recipes for the main course…
- The Perfect Filet Mignon Roast
- Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast
- Eye Round Roast with Onions
- Braciole – Sicilian Style!
- Lamb Chops Grilled To Perfection
- 2 large navel oranges
- 1 jar of Boar's Head brown sugar & spices ham glaze
- 6 to 7 pound uncured spiral ham
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (163 C). Then make room in your oven to fit your roasting pan.
- Remove the ham from its package and give it a quick rinse. Next, lay it down in a large roasting pan with its flat-side down.
- Juice 1 navel orange and pour the juice over the ham.
- Slice the other navel orange into wedges, and surround the ham with the orange wedges.
- Using a spatula, spread the brown sugar & spices ham glaze all over the ham, as if you are frosting a cake, and spread as much of the glaze as needed.
- BAKE, uncovered for only 10 to 12 minutes per pound.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a cutting board or serving platter. Spoon over the ham with any remaining juices and glaze from the roasting pan.
- Serve immediately while warm.
Serving Size:1 serving (2 to 3 slices)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 7gCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 16g