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Ham and Easter are synonymous with each other, right?  Every Easter I make a ham.  Once I bought what I call a “regular” ham from the store.  It was gelatinous, and rubbery, and needless to say it wasn’t a happy meal on Easter.  Then I started buying hams from the Honey Baked Ham store, and those are great, but you have to reserve one and then stand in line, yeah, too much trouble.  Well now Costco (and I’m sure others) has these lovely spiral cut hams which are super good!  They come with a sugar glaze packet which is nice if you want just a normal ham.  But why be normal when you can be spicy?!  We love spice in our home, and my men agree, the spicier, the better.  Me?  I’m somewhere in between.

Ham is salty and then to have something sweet on top is just lovely.  But to have something sweet and spicy, is even better!  So here’s what I did:

In a medium bowl, empty the glaze packet and then add: chili powder, Coleman’s dried mustard, and chipotle chili powder.

DSC_0629Now place it all in a small sauce pan and add the amount of water the packet calls for, increasing it if needed.  I added just a couple more tablespoons of water.  Heat it over medium low heat until it’s all dissolved and sauce like.

Exhibit A: The ham.  Now I followed the directions on the ham package which called for the ham to be baked first and then at the end, you take it out, brush on the glaze, then pop it back in the oven.  So here, it’s already nicely cooked through.

Here is the consistency the glaze should be.  Turn the ham on it’s side and drizzle away!


This is exciting to me!  It already looks like an exceptionally delicious ham that your guests will probably freak out about!  Let the glaze get in between the slices, and use a rubber brush to get it all over the place!

After it comes out of the oven, this is what you have.  A beautifully baked, sweet and smoky, spicy ham, that’s a really pretty red color from all those spices!

Chipotle Glazed Ham
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Serves: 12
Spices can be adjusted as needed.
  • 1 Costco Spiral Cut Ham
  • the glaze packet from the ham
  • 4T. California or New Mexico red chili powder
  • 2 T. chipotle chili powder
  • 2 T. Coleman's dry mustard
  1. Add the glazed packet and spices to a small sauce pan along with the water called for on the packet. Increase the water as needed, starting with 2 T. of water.
  2. Don't let it get soupy.
  3. Follow the directions on the ham packaging for when to apply the glaze.
  4. Bake according to directions.


Chipotle Glazed Ham