Sweet Chipotle Ham

I’ve made many hams over the years and this version is by far the family favorite. For the better part of the year I have been in love with chipotle flavored this or that, so I thought…why not on the ham. 

It was pretty risky, just jumping into the holiday ham with a new flavor, but it was genius! The smokiness of the chipotle contrasted amazingly with the traditional sweetness that normally would find itself on a holiday ham. Mix that with the salty notes synonymous with cured pork and you’ve got yourself something almost heavenly. I’m not exaggerating, It it sooooo good! Which is saying something since I usually don’t even want to eat ham (or turkey or roast) after slaving in the kitchen all day to prepare a holiday meal. Now it could have been that it wasn’t a holiday, so I wasn’t “slaving” away, but I don’t think so…I think IT IS JUST THAT GOOD.


sweet chipotle ham

sweet chipotle ham

Total cook time: approx. 2 hours


1 ham, type of your choice

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

1/4 cup unsulphured molasses 

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons chipotle powder

1 tablespoon ground mustard


Preheat oven to 275° F.

Cover ham with parchment and aluminum foil.

Place ham in the oven and cook covered for 12 to 15 minutes per pound.

While ham is heating through:

In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients until mixture becomes a gritty glaze.

After the 12-15 minutes, remove ham from oven and remove parchment and foil. Do not throw away you will use again.

Raise temperature of the oven to 425° F.

Spread about 75% of the glaze over ham.

Cover again and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Remove from oven again. Spoon drippings from pad over the top of the ham until you have well coated it. Then pour the remaining glaze over top of ham. Put back in oven uncovered and cook for remaining 5-10 minutes.

Ham will not be crusty but have  absorbed the glaze and taken on a sheen and reached a completely darkened color.

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