Savory Smoked Ham Glazes

12 Days of Flavor

On the second day of Christmas my MAK Grill made for me: Two ham glazes and ribs competition ready.

If you’ve ever seen the holiday movie “Christmas With the Kranks”, I’m sure you’re familiar with the famous honey ham scene. Nora is determined to buy a ham for the holidays. She rushes to the store last minute and after quite a struggle, she walks out of the store a triumphant woman. That is until the ham rolls out of her shopping bag and right in the path of a semi… SQUISH! Let’s just say there wasn’t a ham that year.

We want to make sure you don’t have a Nora Krank experience this holiday season. We recommend that you run to the store ahead of time and use our favorite glazes to ensure absolute smoked ham perfection.

Maple-Mustard-Rosemary Glaze

It’s a taste marriage made in heaven. Combining sweet and tart for a savory flavor.


  • 1/2 cup of real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of course grained mustard
  • 1 finely chopped fresh Rosemary spring


In a bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Brush on the ham during the final 45 minutes of cooking/heating.

Mr. Barbecue’s All Time Favorite Ham Glaze

I came up with this recipe a few years ago for one of my friends. It became an instant hit with the family and is still used to this day. It provides a wonderful flavor to any type of ham.


  • 1 cup of mustard (your choice-yellow, Deli, German-style)
  • 1/2 cup orange or pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup clover honey
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon of allspice


Blend all ingredients together in a bowl or mixing cup. Slather on the ham, and use the remainder to baste ham every 45 minutes while cooking. Makes approx. 2 cups.

Extra Tips

  • Remember to read the label on the ham BEFORE you purchase it to determine if it is cooked or raw.
  • If you have a cooked ham, re-heat it at 250F until the internal temperature reaches 150F.
  • A raw ham needs to be thoroughly cooked until the internal temperature reaches 165F. If you want, you can smoke the uncooked ham for a while before increasing the temperature of your MAK to 325F, and continue cooking the ham until the internal temperature is 165F.
  • Purchase your ham ahead of time so it doesn’t get stolen by a crazy shopper or smashed by a semi.