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How to Cook a Ham Roast

This spiral ham roast is cooked in the oven with tangy orange juice and heated to the perfect temp with a golden, woody glaze of maple syrup and brown sugar. The caramelized outside combined with the orange juice keeps your precooked ham moist and delicious while reheating.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Ham, Ham Dinner, Ham Roast, Holiday Dinner, How to Cook a Ham, How to Roast a Ham
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 23kcal


Ham Ingredients

  • 1 8-10 pound spiral cut ham (precooked boneless ham)  
  • 1 cup orange juice

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 1/2 cup  salted butter
  • 1/2 cup  cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 10 whole cloves


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • If there is a rind (hard skin) on the ham, remove that outer layer using a sharp knife.  Do not remove the fat layer
  • Place ham in a shallow roasting pan - fat side up, cut side down.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut a diamond pattern into the surface of the ham.  If you would like to use the cloves (these are optional), stick the whole cloves into the points of some of the diamonds on the ham.
  • Pour orange juice all over the ham.  Cover the ham roast tightly with aluminum foil. 
  • While the ham is baking, make the glaze:  Melt butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, and pepper  together at medium heat in a small saucepan, stirring until smooth.
  • Bake the ham for 2½ hours.  Then remove the foil and brush some of the sweet glaze on the whole ham.
  • Return the ham to the oven, uncovered.  Then baste it every 10 minutes for another ½ hour.  Baste the baked ham once more when you remove it from the oven.
  • Check the temperature with a meat thermometer.  For food safety, cook ham until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Let the ham rest for a few minutes before creating thin slices and serving at your dinner table.


Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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