Cherry Rum Glazed Ham Recipe

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cherry spiral ham plated with rosemary sprig

Cherry Rum Glazed Ham

Make a delicious glazed ham for your next holiday gathering.  We’ve take cherries and spiced rum, to make the perfect ham recipe.  Nothing super fancy is needed to make this recipe, which makes it great to throw together and let it bake.

This recipe takes 2-3 hours to cook at 350F, so plan accordingly with your oven space with the turkey.  You could also use the slow cooker to make this glazed ham.

cherries, all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon

What Ingredients Are Used?

  • spiral cooked ham
  • pitted & washed cherries
  • brown sugar
  • all spice, nutmeg & cinnamon
  • lemon juice
  • rum (we used spiced rum)
  • water
blended cherry glaze poured into pot

Does The Glaze Go On Before Baking?

The cherry glaze goes onto the ham after it has been baking for an hour. If it was put on before heated, it could end up charring.

Do I Use Frozen or Fresh Cherries For The Glaze?

You can use either type of cherry. They should be pitted and thawed before heating. This will reduce the time it will take for them to heat up.

half baked ham with crushed cherry puree
cherry spiral ham
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Cherry Rum Glazed Holiday Ham

Here is a cherry glazed ham recipe your family will enjoy. Made with a little brown sugar and some spiced rum. Enjoy for your next holiday.
Course: Holiday, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • spiral cooked ham
  • 1 cup pitted & washed cherries
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each all spice nutmeg & cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup rum we used spiced rum
  • 1 cup water


  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  • Place the spiral ham in a pan with a cup of water.
  • Cover the ham with foil and place ham into the oven.
  • Cook the ham for 1 hour.
  • In a blender, add the cherries, spices and lemon juice.
  • Blend until smooth and then add the rum and mix.
  • Pour the glaze into a pan and bring to a boil.
  • Remove the ham from the oven.
  • With a silicone brush, brush the glaze onto the ham, getting into the slices.
  • You can turn the ham on it’s side if easier.
  • Cover ham and place back into the oven for 1 hour, until internal temperature is 165℉.
  • Remove from the oven and baste any remaining glaze on the ham.
  • Cut the ham off the bone and serve.


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Ham Cooking Tips

  • Fool proof cooking, with a spiral precooked ham, just needs the ham reheated to 165F
  • Cook the ham large side down and then when it’s time to glaze, flip on it’s side
  • Reserve some glaze (optional) to serve on the ham at the table
  • You want the cherries to not be whole, so the blender helps puree the mix
  • Use fresh cherries or frozen, we thawed cherries for this recipe
  • Don’t have spiced rum, use the rum you have on hand or a brandy (or something you like)
Here is a cherry glazed ham recipe your family will enjoy. Made with a little brown sugar and some spiced rum. Enjoy for your next holiday.

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