A great holiday ham glaze needs to have three things: wonderful flavor, a gorgeous, shiny appearance, and a crispy, crackling crust you can hear across the room. We’re happy to report that this easy-to-make glaze has all those things in abundance.
- 3/4 cup water, or as needed
- 2 whole star anise
- 12 whole cloves, or more to taste
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 (7 lb) country-style ham
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Pour water, star anise, and cloves into the bottom of a roasting pan. Place a roasting rack into the pan over the water, anise, and cloves; place ham on rack. Cut 1/4-inch deep slashes 1/2-inch apart lengthwise and crosswise across the top of the entire ham.
- Bake ham in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Whisk brown sugar, honey, mustard, vinegar, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl until glaze has a thick, smooth consistency.
- Brush glaze all over ham. Continue baking ham, brushing glaze on every 20 minutes, until glaze is deep golden and ham is heated through, about 2 hours 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (54 degrees C).
- Use a kitchen torch to heat the glaze on the ham until it is crispy and caramelized, 2 to 5 minutes.
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