Apr 12 , 2021

Monica Stockbridge

Baked Ham with Spicy Sweet Glaze

You've likely heard of honey-baked ham or spiral-cut ham. But have you ever had a petite ham?

A petite ham is, for one, smaller than the former two options. At 21-25 ounces, it's a good size for a meal for a family or a small group.

Our hickory-smoked uncured petite hams are produced under the Maverick Ranch brand. Smoking the hams with hickory wood adds a woody, smoky flavor that fills the kitchen with a wonderful aroma while warming in the oven. In fact, a petite ham doesn't need cooking; just heating through. This makes it ideal for an easy meal for the family or for a holiday, such as Easter or Christmas.

Frontière Natural Meats only uses ham raised without antibiotics or growth hormones. Our pork is never fed any animal by-products and is left uncured during processing. This means that the meat is free from chemicals and flavorings. Instead, it's naturally cured with sugar, salt and celery juice powder. The result is a thick, flavorful, and fully-cooked ham.

This recipe celebrates the smoked petite ham with a simple spicy-and-sweet ham glaze. We used a blend of orange juice and brown sugar for the sweet and acidic elements, include some garlic and onion for depth, and add in a pinch of cayenne for a hint of heat. This glaze for ham is easy to put together on your own stovetop with ingredients you might already have in the spice cupboard and refrigerator — no need to rely on a packet of manufactured ham glaze!

Baked Ham with Spicy-Sweet Glaze

Serves 6-8


1 Maverick Ranch Natural Hickory Smoked Uncured Petite Ham, 21-25 oz
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper


Maverick Ranch's Natural Hickory Smoked Uncured Petite Hams are fully cooked. For this recipe, warm the ham in an oven set to 325° F for 20 minutes per pound. A 25-ounce ham will likely need 30 minutes. Aim to cook the ham until it is at least 140° F internally.

While the ham is warming in the oven, prepare the glaze. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.

Ham glaze simmering on the stove

Let the glaze come to a low boil, stirring occasionally. Then, reduce the heat to keep the glaze at a low simmer. Simmer the glaze for 15 minutes or until slightly reduced and thickened.

Glazing a ham with a basting brush

When the ham has about 15 minutes remaining, open the oven and use a silicone basting brush to apply the glaze to the ham. Put the ham back in the oven to let the glaze set for 10 minutes, then brush on another coat of glaze. Slice and serve.

Cooked and glazed ham