Espresso Glazed Ham for the Holidays

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Espresso glazed ham is a great addition to your Christmas dinner. The following post is sponsored by Jones Farm. Use their product locator to find your favorite products in a store near you, or order online. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen!

Espresso Glazed HamSome days, like when a package like this is waiting at your door when you get home from work, it’s especially good to be a food blogger. Yup, Jones Dairy Farm sent me what I can only describe as the most beautiful ham I’ve ever seen. (I do have a weakness for anything tied up in twine like that!)

If you’re looking for a way to cook your holiday ham that doesn’t involve pineapple and cherries, I’ve got you covered. Instead of the sweet stuff, we’re gonna use coffee! Espresso, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and a touch of cayenne make an amazing glaze that will give your ham a rich, earthy taste without a ton of extra sweetness. It’s perfect for Christmas, New Year’s, or just a random Sunday. In 8 years of marriage, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Shawn as excited about dinner as he was when I took this beauty out of the oven.

Since we’ve never made anything like this before, we were definitely a little overwhelmed about how to go about carving it. Luckily, Jones Dairy Farm hooked us up with a video on how to carve ham that made it pretty easy.

Now, that’s a LOT of ham for the two of us (and I greedily didn’t invite anyone to join us for dinner), but since the flavor of the espresso glaze is pretty neutral, the leftovers can be used a ton of different ways. I’ve already enjoyed some in an omelet and on a biscuit with apricot preserves. I foresee Cuban sandwiches and a creamy ham and pea risotto sometime in the near future. As I sit here writing this post, I have a big pot of stock simmering away – the smell is distractingly delicious! I’m not sure what I’ll use it for first: pea soup or ramen.

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Espresso Glazed ham

The cooking time and serving size will vary depending on the size of your ham – plan for about 15 minutes per pound, with an average ham weighing 14-18 pounds.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Author: Lauren Keating


  • 1 bone-in smoked ham, like Jones Dairy Farm Hickory Smoked Ham
  • 1 cup espresso or strong coffee
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Heat oven to 325ºF. Using a sharp knife, score the ham in a diamond pattern.
  • Place ham, fatty side up, in a large roasting pan. Bake for 3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF.
  • minutes before the end of the heating time, combine the espresso, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper in a small pot. Bring to a boil and let reduce by half. Brush on half of the glaze. Bake for 15 minutes; brush on remaining glaze. Bake an additional 15 minutes, or until done.
  • Let rest 15 minutes before carving.


By on December 9th, 2013

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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