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Sweet and Smoky Spanish-Style Ham Glaze

Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:

3 1/2 Hours


8 Servings


About the Recipe

This brick-red glaze's combination of brown sugar and sweet smoked paprika infuses holiday ham with warmth, color and savory satisfaction. With smooth smokiness and subtle heat, these complementary flavors will bring a lot of personality to your Easter plate.


  • One 8- to 10-pound bone-in or boneless Stoysich Hickory Smoked Ham

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar

    1/4 cup sweet smoked paprika

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


Step 1

  • Let the ham sit at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Score the ham in a diagonal crosshatch pattern without cutting into the meat. Place the ham, flat-side down, on a rack in a roasting pan. Pour 1/4 inch of water into the bottom of the pan. Roast the ham until it reaches an internal temperature of about 130 degrees about 2 1/2 hours or 15 minutes per pound. 

Step 2

  • Meanwhile, combine the sugar, paprika, garlic powder and oregano in a small bowl and stir until well mixed. Whisk in the olive oil until the mixture is a smooth paste.

Step 3

  • Remove the ham from the oven when it has reached 130 degrees F internally. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Spoon or brush the mustard all over the ham. Spread the spice paste with a spoon as evenly as possible all over the ham. Add water as needed to the bottom of the pan. Return the ham to the oven and roast until the paste forms a very light brick red crust, turning once halfway through, about 25 minutes more.

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