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Dijon Mustard & Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

The Perfect Glazed Ham and the easiest too! It’s juicy and tender with the easiest, tastiest, glaze ever. This tried and true recipe has been a traditional favourite in our family for many, many years.

Dijon and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham square cropped featured image.

Dijon Mustard & Brown Sugar Glazed Ham.

2021 Update.

Several new emails and messages asking about a baked ham for Thanksgiving! It seems not everyone likes turkey, so I’m bringing this recipe forward to the top of our recipe list for those who would like to try it for thanksgiving and especially at the Holidays.

In our family, we would probably do both. The leftover possibilities are plentiful enough around here to cover dinners for a week afterward.

Close up photo of the sticky glaze on a finished baked ham

The easy sticky glaze turns out perfect every time.

I get lots of email from readers looking for pointers on basic recipes that they have never attempted before. One recent email was from a young couple spending their first Christmas away from home.

They were looking for a fool proof recipe for a Christmas Eve ham having never cooked one before. There’s a first time for everything and this ham will be appreciated by beginner and veteran cooks alike.

Brown sugar in metal spoon on bright, marble background

I used dark brown sugar in this recipe. In my experience the darker the sugar, the deeper the flavour.

Now Spouse loves ham and if allowed, would chuck the turkey in favour of this sweet and savoury glazed ham at any Christmas celebration. We normally make one a day or two previous to the big day.

We serve the leftovers with our traditional Boxing Day cold plate or just to “pick on” as my mothers family would say.

Glazed Ham update.

Dijon Mustard and Brown sugar glazed ham original 2007 image.

Dijon Mustard and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham original 2007 image.

Since I first published this recipe 10 years ago on this site. This incredibly recipe has been made many thousands of times by blog and social media followers.

It gets rave reviews every time. Many folks tell me that since they discovered this recipe, they have never made glazed ham any other way since. That’s a pretty fine testimonial to its ease and great taste.

Toutons Benedict image with title text

Another favourite way to use some of the leftovers is to use lightly fried slices on Toutons Benedict for a weekend brunch. An absolute favourite for me!

Our Fig and Apple Chutney also makes a great addition to serve with this meal. I have to admit, I even like this combination served cold for lunch the next day with one of our many delicious recipes for Potato & Pasta Salads.

Fig Apple Chutney on Dijon Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Fig Apple Chutney on Dijon Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

2020 Update. Which Mustard?

The brand or grain of the dijon mustard is not too important in this recipe. As with many things, I say use what you like or what’s on hand.

Dijon mustard in a white bowl

Any type of Dijon mustard, or your favourite kind can be used in this recipe..

I should note that I have heard from many people over the years who have tried this recipe with different mustards. I’ve heard of people using whole grain mustard, spicy mustard, English Mustard and even plain old yellow mustard.

They all still loved the recipe, so that’s why I say use  what you like and don’t worry about it. If you like the mustard, you’ll most likely like the end product.

…and don’t forget that leftover ham is my favourite thing to use for what is probably Newfoundland’s favourite hearty soup meal! Pea Soup and Dough Boys!

Newfoundland Pea Soup and Dough Boys photo of a single serving with title text added for Pinterest

Originally published December 2007.

What to serve on the side?

You might also like our collection of Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes, which are also great at Christmas or at family dinners year round.

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes photo collage with title text added for Pinterest

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Dijon and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham square cropped featured image.
Yield: 25 or more servings including leftovers.

Dijon Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

The Perfect Glazed Ham and the easiest too! It's juicy and tender with the easiest, tastiest, glaze ever. This tried and true recipe has been a traditional favorite in our family for many, many years.


  • 7-8 pound bone in smoked ham
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp whole star anise, or 1 fennel seeds, optional
  • 2 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup whole grain Dijon mustard (Or use your favorite mustard, almost any one will work)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, or demerara sugar


  1. Add the ham, peppercorns, cloves, star anise, onion and bay leaf to a large stock pot along with the ham, rind side down and cover almost completely with water.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil and cook for 1 hour.
  3. After an hour remove the ham from the stock and let it drain on a rack for a few minutes.
  4. Remove the rind and most but not all of the fat underneath the rind. Leave about ⅛ inch of fat on top of the entire ham.
  5. Score the fat with a sharp knife in a square or diamond pattern. Pat the entire surface dry with paper towels.
  6. Place ham in a roasting pan and brush the top and sides of the ham with the mustard.
  7. Sprinkle the mustard with the brown sugar.
  8. Press the sugar gently into the mustard to get good contact with the surface of the ham.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees F for another hour.
  10. Allow ham to rest for 10-15 minutes before carving and serving.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 214Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 32mgSodium 1440mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 26g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Diana Coady

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Really enjoyed the video featuring Olivia.... felt like we all were in the kitchen watching her making that cake. Her step by step was excellent & she looked very at ease with the camera. She does you proud, Barry! Any others on the way, perchance? Lol.

On another note, where do you source out your “uncooked” hams these days? The only ones in the local supermarkets are already cooked, ie Springers, etc. Thank you!


Monday 3rd of December 2018

I have been using your recipe for the last year. Delicious and easy to follow. I haven’t changed anything about the recipe


Wednesday 10th of October 2018

What kind of ham do you use? Pork shoulder uncooked or butt or shank cooked for this recipe

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 12th of October 2018

Pork Picnic shoulder, uncooked is my preference for this recipe.


Sunday 7th of October 2018

Yes, you are right, this makes a great ham. I have been cooking my ham in the exact same way for many years other than I add 1 Tablespoon of pickling spice to the water. Always turns out great


Friday 30th of March 2018

Just wondering if the ham you used for this recipe is pre-cooked and if not what changes you would make to the recipe with a pre-cooked ham. I've made pork shoulder hams and boiled them before baking but for Easter I have a ham which is fully cooked already. Thanks

Barry C. Parsons

Saturday 31st of March 2018

Just skip to the baking part. You may find these sorts of hams are difficult to glaze because they often have additional water added to them. You may want to start heating it up uncovered for 20 minutes to see how much liquid it leeches. If any, pour it of and then do the glaze.

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