Old Smoky Glazed Ham

, from Issue #106. November, 2022
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Old Smoky Glazed Ham

Always a showstopper, this smoky, spicy glaze will appeal to those that love a little heat with a Christmas table favourite.

Serves: At least 25 people, depending on what is served alongside


1 whole cooked ham (mine was 8 kilograms)

1 cup orange marmalade
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chipotle sauce, or more to taste
1 tablespoon dry English mustard, sifted
2 teaspoons smoked paprika


Remove the ham from the fridge 2 hours before cooking.

Preheat the oven to 150°C fan bake.

GLAZE: Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl.

HAM: Gently prise the skin off the ham using your fingertips, taking care not to damage the layer of fat underneath, and discard. Leave the skin on the hock.

Lightly score the fat in a diamond pattern.

Place the ham in a foil-lined baking dish and pour over the glaze.

Cook for 1½ hours until golden, basting every 15 minutes and turning the dish several times for even colouring.

Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before carefully lifting onto a large wooden board or serving platter.

TO SERVE: Place your desired wrapping around the ham hock and secure. Serve the ham warm or at room temperature.