Apple Cider Glazed Ham #SecretRecipeClub

It’s a Secret Recipe Club bonus reveal today!  Since there’s an extra Monday this month, SRC is back with a themed reveal:  Leprechauns & Bunnies!

For this special reveal, I was assigned Sarah’s Blog, Well Dined.  Sarah started off blogging restaurant reviews, but soon shifted her focus to home cooking.  She typically posts seasonal and (reasonably) healthy recipes.

I was immediately drawn toward the Easter recipes.  I’ve had a hankering for home baked ham lately, and Sarah’s blog did not disappoint.

First I can across her Dr. Pepper Glazed Ham with Prunes.  I very nearly made it, but I don’t really drink Dr. Pepper anymore (I got a food aversion to Dr. Pepper while I was pregnant with Sarah Catherine and it never went away!) and I really wasn’t sure how the fam would react to prunes.

Lucky for me, I kept poking around and found two more ham recipes!!  Yay!!

Hubs loves Apples Cider, so I immediately knew I would be making the cider ham (and saving a bit of cider for him to drink, of course).  Sarah’s ham was raw and able to take in more brine.  I was only able to find smoked ham at my local butcher (actually I probably could have asked, but I grabbed what was in the case and didn’t even think about asking until I got home!  Oops!), so I adapted the brine (salt + sugar + flavor) to a marinade (flavor all the way!)

The resulting ham was incredibly delicious! 

The ham was delicious the day of and the leftovers were fantastic as sandwiches & soup!

Thank you, Sarah, for an amazing recipe!

Recipe Note:
I was only able to get a pre-brined, smoked ham from my local butcher shop, so I marinated my ham instead.  For full brining instructions for raw ham, visit Well Dined.

Apple Cider Glazed Ham
Adapted from Well Dined

1 (7-8 lb) bone-in smoked ham
1 qt apple cider
1 qt cold water
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp whole black pepper corns
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp whole allspice
½ orange + peel, peeled & segmented)

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup whole grain mustard
1 cup fresh parsley
1 tbsp dry sage
9 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp black pepper

1 qt apple cider

Place the ham into a brining bag (I place an oven roasting bag into a stock pot to hold it up).  Add in all of the marinade ingredients.  Carefully press the bag to remove excess air and tie at the top.  The marinade should be in contact with most of the ham.  Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

Remove the ham from the marinade.  Place in a roasting pan, cut side down.  Pat dry and score the skin with a knife.

Place all of the rub ingredients into a small food processor and process until combined.  Rub all over the ham.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake the ham according to package instructions, usually about 3 ½ hours. 

Meanwhile, to make the glaze, place the cider into a small saucepan over medium heat.  Cook until reduced to about 1 cup.  Brush the ham with glaze occasionally during the cooking.  If the ham starts to get too dark, cover with the pan lid or tin foil.

Once done, allow the ham to rest for about 10 minutes, then carve and serve.


  1. I don't even like ham and I think this looks amazing. My husband loves a good honey baked ham though, so I might have to make this for him as a treat the next time we have a large gathering.

  2. Yum, you made me want to go out and grab a ham just so I can make this. In fact, next trip to the 'big' city, I'm going to buy one and try this.

  3. Not being a ham lover I am shocked by how tempting this roast is...I eat ham once a year for Easter much to my husband's dismay. He could have ham every day I swear. I am going to pocket this recipe till Easter this year. It really does look amazing. Happy Reveal Day!

  4. Certainly looks like a yummy Easter dinner!

  5. Oh wow I may need to try this or the Dr. Pepper one for Easter this year!

  6. Such a beautiful ham! I love that glaze!

  7. Perfectly in time for Easter! Looks beautiful!

  8. Yum! I actually got the fresh ham on accident and had to change what I was doing, so that's perfect! Ha!

  9. Great recipe, would be perfect for Christmas, too!
    I developed food aversion when pregnant with my first to bananas and still haven't been able to eat it! So I understand why you kept looking for more recipes after seeing the Dr. Pepper one.
    P.S. - sorry if you got another very similar comment to this, I was previously on mobile and wasn't sure if it got through.

  10. Wow, this looks amazing. I'm betting the apple cider and ham go together so well. I'd love for you to stop by and link up at our new link party, where we make the features each week! Thanks for sharing!


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