How to make the perfect holiday ham


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Check out today's episode of Best Bites to find out how to make a perfectly cooked, glazed roast ham.


  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard

  • 1/2 cup brandy

  • 8-10 pounds smoked ham

  • cloves

Tools Needed

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  1. Preheat the oven to 300° F.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, coriander, allspice, salt, cayenne and dijon mustard for the glaze. Mix in ½ cup brandy and set aside.

  3. Score the ham with cuts one-inch apart and 1/4-inch deep. Do this in two directions creating a grid pattern over the entire surface of the ham.

  4. Using a toothpick, make holes in each square, then push a clove into each hole.

  5. Place the ham on a roasting pan with a rack. Pour 1 cup of water into the pan. Cover the ham with aluminum foil and put in the oven

  6. Bake for 90 minutes.

  7. Pull the ham out of the oven. Rub the glaze over ham and place it back in the oven for another 45 minutes, or until the exterior is dark and crusty and the ham is warmed through. Let rest for 25 minutes.