Glazed Leg of Ham (Boneless)

Glazed Leg of Ham (Boneless)

Delight in the culinary excellence of Glazed Ham, where a boneless pork leg transforms into a masterpiece of flavor and elegance. The harmonious combination of the glaze’s sweetness and spiced undertones complements the savory richness of the ham.


  • 3 kg boneless pork leg of ham
  • Whole cloves

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


Prep the Ham:

Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F (165°C).

Score the Ham:

Using a sharp knife, carefully score the surface of the pork leg in a diamond pattern. This helps the glaze penetrate and infuse the ham with flavor.

Insert Cloves:

Insert whole cloves into the scored intersections of the diamond pattern. The cloves add an aromatic touch and create a decorative element.

Create the Glaze:

In a bowl, whisk together brown sugar, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves. This glaze will add a harmonious blend of sweet, tangy, and spiced notes.

Apply the Glaze:

Brush a generous amount of the glaze over the scored and clove-studded surface of the pork leg. Ensure an even coating to create a luscious glaze when roasted.

Roasting Time:

Place the glazed pork leg on a roasting rack in a baking dish. Roast it in the preheated oven for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F (60°C).

Basting and Caramelization:

While the ham is roasting, baste it with the glaze every 20-30 minutes. This not only adds flavor but also helps create a beautiful caramelized exterior.

Final Glaze:

During the last 15-20 minutes of roasting, apply a final layer of the glaze to enhance the caramelization and create a stunning glossy finish.

Check Doneness:

Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the ham reaches 140°F (60°C) for optimal flavor and texture.

Rest and Slice:

Once the ham is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute and ensures a juicy result.

Slice and Serve:

Carve the glazed ham into thin slices. Arrange the slices on a serving platter and drizzle any remaining glaze over the top for an extra burst of flavor.

A Glazed Ham is more than a dish—it’s a culinary spectacle that brings joy to the table, especially a Christmas feast. The combination of the tender pork, studded cloves, and the enchanting glaze creates a symphony of flavors that’s perfect for special occasions and holiday feasts.

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