A super flavorful liquid mixture that gets brushed on ham to add flavor and a glossy look. Classically, ham glazes include both sweet and tangy flavors.
- Sweet flavors pair with the sweetness of the meat and might come from maple syrup, brown sugar or honey—this is one case where you can’t go pairing like with like!
- Tangy ingredients add contrast and cut through the sweetness. Often, you’ll see Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar or ground mustard included in ham glazes. Sometimes soda pop or even wine might be used for this purpose.
- Fruit in various forms is often used to add sweetness, acid and moisture in one fell swoop. Canned pineapple is classic, but we also have glazes featuring orange juice, chutney, cranberry sauce and various types of preserves—cherry is a classic.
Dried fruits, warming spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves) and bourbon are other ingredients often included in classic ham glazes. Sometimes drippings from the ham are incorporated into the glaze but before we dig into recipes, there are a few more things you need to know.