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Glazed Picnic Ham Recipe

This Apple Mustard Glazed Picnic Ham recipe is packed with flavor and will make the best addition to your New Years’ Eve festivities or any special celebration!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 15 mins
Resting Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 people
Calories: 413kcal


  • a small knife
  • a medium bowl
  • a roasting tray
  • a brush
  • a small saucepan


  • 1 smoked picnic ham 4 kg
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 apple juice can 330 ml
  • 2 tablespoons cloves
  • 4 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ cup applesauce 50 g



  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF / 176º C.
  • Remove the skin or rind. For this, you will need a small knife. Run the knife along with the rind, so that you don´t cut the ham. At the same time, pull the part of the rind that is free. In case it is very difficult, you can boil ham for 30 minutes. Put the rind side in contact with the water and it will come out easily. Place the ham on the baking sheet.
  • Make approximately 1” diamond cuts. In the joints or crosses, place cloves.
  • Prepare the glaze with sugar, dijon mustard, and applesauce.
  • Take a little of the mixture and brush it all over the ham. Reserve the rest to glaze the ham.
  • Add half the apple juice on top of the ham and the rest add it to the roasting tray.


  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Over time, with a brush, add more frosting, cover again, and bake for 30 more minutes. Do this for 60 minutes. Every 30 minutes, add more glaze. The last one, remove the aluminum foil and let the glaze caramelize. (Total time in the oven approx 2 hours and 15 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and let stand covered for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove cloves and slice.
  • Reduce the remaining liquid left in the tray. Place in a small saucepan and let it simmer a little or until it thickens.
  • Now you are ready to enjoy!


Bake the ham for about 30 minutes/pound. It must have a temperature of 165º F to be cooked properly.
  • Brown sugar: You could use maple syrup, which helps to caramelize the matter.
  • Apple juice/applesauce: You can replace it with peach or apricot juice. Depending on the flavor, also change the apple puree for peach or apricot. They can even use pear.
  • Dijon mustard: They could use yellow mustard, but I think dijon gives it a better flavor.
Storage: Once cool, you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
Reheat: You can reheat them in a pan, in the oven, or use the microwave. For any of the three options, add a little of the frosting, so it does not dry out.


Serving: 150g | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 460mg | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg