baked ham recipeThere’s nothing like a showstopping baked ham at the center of your holiday table. A succulent ham pairs well with virtually any side, looks impressive in your serving dish, and makes the best leftovers. The best part about a good baked ham recipe is that it’s easy to prepare, and cook time is short compared to other sizeable cuts of meat.

The downside? Most baked ham recipes feature brown sugar, maple syrup, or even soda. If you’re trying to keep your sugar or carbs down, sticky-sweet glazes aren’t the best route to take.

Should you miss out on a great ham because you’re watching your sugar? No way. Here’s a baked ham recipe that plays off of ham’s smoky, salty qualities with spicy mustard, rosemary, and a touch of honey to round it out.

Here’s how it’s done.

Mustard and Rosemary Baked Ham Recipe

Serves: 16* for an 8lb boneless

Time in the kitchen: 15 minutes prep, plus 1 hour* of cook time

*Varies based on size of ham

Ingredients for baked ham recipe


1 half Bone-In Ham, around 8 lbs. (We went with a spiral sliced)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup spicy brown mustard
6 Tbsp. chopped rosemary
2 Tbsp. honey
8 cloves grated garlic
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
4 apples, peeled and sliced


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your soaked (see Tips section) and dried ham half cut side down in a baking dish or roasting pan so the fat cap side is facing up. Use a knife to score the fat cap in a checkered pattern.

scoring ham with a knifePour the water in the pan and cover the pan tightly with foil. Place the ham in the oven for approximately 40-45 minutes.

While the ham is roasting, combine the apple cider vinegar, mustard, rosemary, honey, garlic, black pepper and cloves.

herb ham glaze in a bowl

Remove the ham from the oven. Rub about 2/3 of the mustard sauce all over the ham. You can also insert pieces of garlic clove in some of the cuts.

Insert a meat thermometer probe into the center of the ham and set the desired temperature for 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange the sliced apples all around the ham and toss the slices in any accumulated juices on the bottom of the pan.

Cover the ham again for about 45 minutes. Remove the foil and baste the ham in the pan juices and give the apple slices a toss.

apple slices for baked ham recipeCoat the ham in the remaining sauce. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees and roast until the internal temperature is reached and the outside is browned and bubbly. You can baste the ham a few times during the last roast if you’d like.

roasted ham

Remove the ham from the oven and plate the ham slices with some of the apples and pan sauce. Serve with your favorite holiday sides, like roasted carrots and brussels sprouts.


  • Some hams will be too salty if you don’t soak them prior to baking. Purchase your ham a few days before you plan to cook it, and check package directions for soaking requirements.
  • Store-bought hams are typically cured either with nitrites or celery powder and smoked. Since the ham is already cooked, you’re only warming the ham before serving. Make sure the label says “fully cooked.” Otherwise, this recipe’s cook time will be insufficient.
  • Look for a ham without glazes, and with minimal ingredients or added sugar. Ask your local butcher or farmer what they’d recommend. Brands like Pederson’s or Niman Ranch can be found in stores and are part of the Certified Humane Raised & Handled program. Pederson’s also sells a sugar-free ham that is Whole30 approved.
  • Hams can be bone-in or boneless, and may be intact or spiraled (pre-sliced). Bone-in hams take a little longer to heat up and spiraled hams can be slightly more prone to dry out, so reheat accordingly. Most hams come with instructions for temperatures and minutes per pound. The best way to make sure you’re reheating appropriately is with a meat thermometer that has a probe you can place in the center of the meat. Hams are done when the internal temperature reaches about 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • A bone-in ham will feed fewer people per pound than a boneless ham will. When looking for a ham to buy, aim for ?-½ lb. per person for a boneless ham and up to ¾ lb. per person for a bone-in ham.


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romantic couple watching television at homeYou know that black hole of time between work and bed? There’s nowhere to go, nothing new to watch, and a bottle of wine (or bag of chips) calling your name from the other room. Call it the pandemic happy hour or straight-up boredom, but if you’re using your after hours time in a less-than-ideal way, check out this week’s post from PHCI Coaching Director, Erin Power. And keep your questions coming in our Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook Group or below in the comments.

Ann Marie asked:

I don’t have a problem eating healthy during the day, but I can’t seem to control myself after dinner. I just feel ravenous, even when we’ve made a healthy meal. I try to hold out but once my husband goes into the kitchen for a snack, I’m right there with him. And once I start, I can’t stop eating!! How do I tame my late-night cravings?

I think it’s safe to say that your eating cycle is off, Ann Marie. What do I mean by eating cycle? It has to do with your circadian rhythm.‘>2

This study looked at the behaviours of night-shift workers and found that they have a 43% higher risk of obesity than their 1st shift counterparts.‘>4 The group whose window ended at 3pm had dramatically lower insulin levels, reduced blood pressure, and a significantly decreased appetite. More information on Intermittent Fasting here. 

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    I don’t necessarily think you have to go cold turkey, unless you’ve noticed that alcohol in general is a problem for you.‘>6 But if you enjoy having your nightly glass of wine, I’ve got a few strategies to help you reel it back in.

    1. Support your body with nourishing food. Preparing and enjoying a satiating meal can help you tap the breaks on filling up on less-than-nourishing choices. Alcohol turns to sugar in the body, so loading up on protein and healthy fats can keep those cravings at bay.
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    3. Distract yourself. Seems simple enough, but if you’re bored or stressed or not sure how to spend your downtime, finding a way to change your situation can keep you from polishing off a bottle of cab. Even though you’re probably home all day, I’m sure there are areas of your house that could use some attention. So, start a load of laundry. Iron that pile of clean clothes you’ve been staring at all month. Or clean the clutter off your desk.

    Between the pandemic and the holidays, the kind of stress we’re under is unprecedented, so it’s natural that alcohol plays a role here, but it doesn’t have to derail your entire evening.

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    If your fitness level is generally good, taking a few days or weeks off isn’t going to impact your muscle-to-fat ratio that much. That said, there are tons of studies like this one that prove daily exercise can improve your immune function, which is especially important right now.

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