Southern Glazed Ham

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

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


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

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

Yield: 1 ham

Southern Glazed Ham

Southern Glazed Ham
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


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


  1. Line a roasting dish with foil and place the ham meat side down.
  2. In a small bowl combine the cracker crumbs, salt and brown sugar.
  3. Pat everything all over the ham and cover with foil.
  4. 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 15769 Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 4810.9mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 582.6g Fiber: 4.3g Sugar: 172g Protein: 1354g

Crunchy Glazed Ham

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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10 comments on “Southern Glazed Ham”

  1. 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.

  2. 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???

    • 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!

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.