easy ham glaze recipe

Ham is the centerpiece of many holiday meals and large gatherings in our family.  We enjoy trying new ham glazes and this root beer glaze is an easy way to put a fun twist on a traditional cola ham glaze.

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Easy Root Beer Ham Glaze Recipe

Ham typically has a great flavor from the curing process.  During this process ham is typically cooked.  ALWAYS read and follow the safe handling instructions on the package of ham that you purchase.  A secret to keeping the ham juicy and delicious is not to worry about overcooking it.  A pre-cooked ham can be safely eaten cold.  Our family prefers warm ham, so we always heat the ham at the first meal.

I use a covered roasting dish just like this one.  This is the same style of a pan that my grandma and mom have used.  My grandma has made and my mom still makes many amazing meals!

We always pick up one of the bigger hams in the meat case so that we will have plenty of leftovers for other meals like Easy Ham and Potato Soup.  A simple ham sandwich can be great, but ham can be added to many pasta dishes and makes a great addition to breakfast.  We also freeze individual servings that come in handy for a quick lunch when the cupboard is getting bare.

root beer ham glaze

Ideas to Feed a Crowd

I love making a big ham because it can either feed a lot of people right away, or it can be saved for a variety of excellent leftovers!  Here are a couple of my favorite recipes to use leftover ham in Farmhouse Ham and Potato Soup and Ham and Alfredo Spaghetti.

easy root beer ham glaze

Printable Ham Glaze Recipe Card

Easy Root Beer Ham Glaze

Use a basic boneless ham or a spiral sliced ham and add this easy glaze for a splash of sweet flavor.   


  • 1 cup root beer at room temp
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 T. dijon mustard


  1. Read instructions on the package of ham.  Most hams are precooked and only need to be warmed for 12  - 15 minutes per pound in a 275 degree F oven.

  2. In medium saucepan, whisk together ingredients. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium. Cook, uncovered until mixture reduces in half (about 15 to 20 minutes), stirring occasionally. Brush half of mixture on ham prior to baking. Brush remaining sauce over ham just as it comes out of the oven.

  3. For a lighter flavor, offer glaze in a side dish at the dinner table for guests to flavor to their taste



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