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I would say that a large portion of American’s eat Ham on Easter. It almost isn’t Easter without one. Cade was telling me about a ham he had back in South Carolina that had this crunchy glaze on it, and I was completely intrigued. He said they use crackers and brown sugar, but that’s it. I had no clue what to do, but I wanted to figure it out. So, of course, even though it wasn’t Easter yet, I had no choice, but to try it. It’s delicious. A spiral ham is a must, and the glaze… oh the glaze. It truly is wonderful. Here’s our new favorite, Southern Glazed Ham.

Southern Glazed Ham. Seriously the best glaze ever and you wont believe what the ingredients are ohsweetbasil.com

Probably don’t prepare a humongous spiral ham for just you and your spouse though. No matter how you try to use the leftovers, it just aint happening. We had ham sandwiches, ham and potatoes, grilled ham, ham and eggs and then we were only half way through and we couldn’t take it anymore.

Anyway, we used graham crackers, but on Sunday I’m going to try ritz since we are out of graham crackers and I don’t want to run to the store again this week.

Southern Glazed Ham. Seriously the best glaze ever and you wont believe what the ingredients are ohsweetbasil.com

If any of you know the correct way to do a crunchy glazed ham, please email me!
Break out from your Honey Baked Ham and give this one a try. So yum!

Is Ham Pre-Cooked?

If your ham is cured, smoked or baked, it is considered “pre-cooked,” and would not technically need to be cooked.

You can also buy fresh ham which has not been cooked and will need to be cooked prior to eating.

The packaging will specify which type of ham you are buying.

Can Left-Over Ham Be Frozen?

Left over ham can be stored in the freezer for 1-2 months.

Freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.

Southern Glazed Ham

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Southern Glazed Ham

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 10
It's delicious. A spiral ham is a must, and the glaze... oh the glaze. It truly is wonderful.


  • 1 Ham Spiral Sliced
  • 1 1/2 Cup Graham Crackers Crushed
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt


  • Line a roasting dish with foil and place the ham meat side down.
  • In a small bowl combine the cracker crumbs, salt and brown sugar.
  • Pat everything all over the ham and cover with foil.
  • Bake according to package directions, removing the foil the last 15 minutes to brown the top.


Times are estimated, please cook your ham according to the package instructions.
Store left overs in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Southern Glazed Ham
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 2085 Calories from Fat 1224
% Daily Value*
Fat 136g209%
Saturated Fat 48g300%
Cholesterol 496mg165%
Sodium 9707mg422%
Potassium 2341mg67%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 174g348%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • I score the ham to make a diamond pattern on top. then using whole cloves, stud the top of the ham sticking a clove at each cross point of the diamond pattern. Next, crush crackers ( your choice, saltines is traditional but Ritz or other cracker can work) add brown sugar to crackers. Moisten ham and carefully pat cracker/sugar mixture onto ham over cloves. press as you go. bake in the oven uncovered.

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    • Yes, just how my mom would do it!

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  • Although this looks delicious…I think I am gonna have to wing it! I finally found a recipe that the Internet doesn’t have, WOW! What started out as a mistake, ended up being the best ham I’ve ever had (and I don’t like ham). But, it’s my turn to cook the ham (I always do the turkies, my husband does the hams-we switched for a change).
    All said, THE HAM TASTED LIKE TOFFE TOPPING, a little crumbly though, and not tooth breaking toffee. I have no idea how he did it…but neither does he lol. Four years later it has never been recreated, and Its My Turn! Got any ideas???

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    • Hi Sarah,

      Hmmmm, I’m not sure what happened to make it like that but man it sounds good! I imagine it had a lack of moisture somehow. I wish I knew but let us know if you figure it out!

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  • I made this for Christmas dinner today. Everyone loved it. My mother had seconds and she doesn’t even like ham.

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    • Oh isn’t that the best?! I love when someone doesn’t like something until they try your version. Feels so good. Thank you!

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  • Am confused by your instructions for the crunchy glazed ham if you want to cook it in the slow cooker per your instructions for that.

    If I use your slow cooker recipe as is and then follow crunch glazed ham recipe after that, how long should I leave it in the oven for the crunch glaze to set properly?

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    • I would just stick it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes. 🙂

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  • Oh my gosh, I bet this is SO good! I have a half ham in the freezer right now that I’m going to try this on.

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    • Thanks, Lisa! It really is so yummy!!

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