Pairing Suggestion – Riesling

The slightly sweet and fruity profile of Riesling balances the saltiness of ham and complements the sweetness of honey glaze, creating a harmonious combination.



  • 1 bone-in, fully-cooked ham (about 8-10 pounds)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Whole cloves (optional, for decoration)
  • Orange slices (optional, for garnish)


1. Preheat the Oven:

Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).

2. Prepare the Ham:

If your ham has a skin, remove it, leaving a thin layer of fat. Score the fat in a diamond pattern with a sharp knife, about 1/4 inch deep.

3. Prepare the Glaze:

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine honey, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Stir until the mixture is well combined and the sugar has dissolved. Allow it to simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until it thickens slightly.

4. Glaze the Ham:

Place the ham on a roasting rack in a large roasting pan. Brush a generous layer of the honey glaze over the entire surface of the ham.

5. Bake the Ham:

Bake the ham in the preheated oven, uncovered, for about 1.5 to 2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F (60°C). Baste the ham with the glaze every 20-30 minutes.

6. Optional Decoration:

If desired, stud the scored fat with whole cloves in the diamond intersections for added flavor and decoration.

7. Rest and Carve:

Allow the ham to rest for about 15 minutes before carving. This helps the juices redistribute, ensuring a moist and flavorful result.

8. Garnish (Optional):

Arrange fresh orange slices on your platter.

9. Slice and Serve:

Carve the ham into slices and arrange on top of the orange slices on your platter. Serve with the remaining honey glaze on the side.

10. Enjoy:

Enjoy your delicious honey glazed ham as the centerpiece of your holiday feast!

This honey glazed ham recipe combines the sweetness of honey with a blend of spices, creating a flavorful and succulent dish that will impress your guests.

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