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Cherry Rum Glazed Ham

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas dinner ideas, Ham recipe, Recipes with cherries, Recipes with rum


For the Cherry Rum Glaze

  • 1 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 cups frozen dark pitted cherries add more if making a larger ham
  • 1 cup soda (Coke or Pepsi)
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 teaspoons allspice


  • 1 6-8 pound ham, choose your cut


For the Cherry Rum Glaze

  • In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, add the preserves, rum, sugar, mustard, cherries, soda, allspice, orange juice, and zest. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the glaze begins to reduce and thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

To make the Ham

  • Score the ham with a sharp paring knife in a criss-cross pattern. Brush on the glaze making sure that you get into all the slits. At this point, don't put the cherries on, just brush with the glaze.
  • Place the ham in a large baking dish and place it in a 350-degree oven. Brush the ham every 20 minutes or so. Bake for 1 hour or until the internal temp reaches 145 degrees. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  • In the meantime, heat the remaining glaze with the cherries. Serve the ham with the extra glaze and cherries.