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Easy Brown Sugar-Mustard Glaze

easy brown sugar-mustard glaze Condiment
Easy Brown Sugar-Mustard Glaze
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 5 min
  • Servings 7

You're about to have another go-to recipe to give any routine meal a flavorful step up. Made from common ingredients you probably have on hand, this deceptively simple Brown Sugar-Mustard Glaze for ham adds deep, complex flavor to a baked ham dish. Made from brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard and pineapple juice, brush the glaze over the ham in the last 45 minutes to caramelize the surface. Soon you'll be adding this mustard glaze for a ham to grilled or baked pork chops or pork roast, too. It's the perfect touch of sweetness and kick of flavor.

Paula Jones
Updated February 16, 2021

Ingredients

  • 1/2
    cup packed brown sugar
  • 3
    tablespoons honey
  • 1
    tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1
    tablespoon pineapple juice

Steps

  • 1
    In small bowl, mix all ingredients with whisk until well blended.
  • 2
    Brush glaze over ham during last 45 minutes of baking.

  • The key to this glaze is the brown sugar and honey, which caramelize on the surface of ham or pork roast as they bake.
  • If you have a substantial piece of meat, double the recipe, so you’ve got plenty for brushing on and serving alongside. Use half the glaze to brush on meat. Place the remaining sauce in a small saucepan, heat to a boil, constantly stirring, cooking until thickened. If it becomes too thick, you can thin it a little with more juice or water.
  • Sub in orange juice and grainy mustard for a switch-up in flavor and texture.
  • Since this is so simple to stir up, why not make some when you grill or bake pork chops or bone-in chicken pieces, too? Note: be careful when grilling, as the glaze can burn easily, so use care near the end of cooking.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: About 1 Tablespoon
Calories
100
Calories from Fat
0
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
55mg
2%
Potassium
35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
23g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

  • The concept behind a brown sugar glaze is simple: add a sweet, tangy crust that forms a caramelized sugar coating for succulent meats. The brown sugar mustard glaze will add a professional touch to the look of the finished baked ham and sweet, crunchy crackle to every biteful. To ensure a deeper penetration of the glaze, score the ham by making shallow cuts in the skin along the top surface. Wait until the last 20 minutes of baking to brush the brown sugar glaze on the ham, completely covering it with a basting brush (a wooden spoon will do in a pinch). Now that you’re a brown sugar glaze master, you might want to try more phenomenal ham glazes. Spend some time mixing and matching to find the one that’s the best complement to the rest of your menu, or build a meal around the unique ingredients in your glaze, and then carry that culinary theme through to other dishes.

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