This Sweet Cherry Lime Ham Glaze Is Great On Smoked Hams!

Author:  SmokerBill
Last Updated:  July 12, 2019

The perfect ham glaze is both acidic and sweet, and my cherry lime ham glaze covers those bases. It has a rich flavor that goes well with ham, whether it's baked in the oven, heated it in a grill, or given an extra layer of smokiness with a meat smoker.

The ingredients are easy to find and a snap to combine. And I know you'll be tickled cherry-red when you try this glaze recipe!

Slices Of Smoked Ham On Serving Dish, Topped With Cherry Lime GlazeUse This Cherry Lime Glaze As a Sauce, Too

What Is Ham Glaze and Why Does My Ham Need It?

It's not a requirement that hams get the glaze treatment, but putting something on the ham will definitely make it better looking and a lot better tasting.

Glazes and coatings can be very simple or a major production. The choice (of recipe) is yours. This cherry lime ham glaze ranks at the "pretty easy to make" level of difficulty.

Brushing Ham Glaze On a Butt Portion Ham That's Been Smoked For Extra Flavor

A classic method is to simply pack a layer of brown sugar on a ham when it's close to done. After another 20 minutes in the oven you've got sweetness mingled with the fat - a great combination!

To spice it up (literally), impale the ham's surface with whole cloves spaced a couple inches apart before sugaring it up. The spicy clove-iness is a soul mate to ham.

To go one step further, pin a few pineapple rings onto the ham with toothpicks, and maybe even a few Maraschino cherries.

But Wait! Where's the Ham Glaze?

I'm gettin' there! To continue...  the easiest, but not necessarily the best tasting glazes are pre-made and bottled, sitting right on your grocer's shelf. Try one. You may like it.

The best type of glaze, in my opinion, is the one you make yourself. It will typically contain something sweet - lots of something sweet - and something acidic to balance it out.

Sweeteners include sugar, usually brown, and/or syrups and/or honey. To get the tartness going, citrus juice is commonly used, as is pineapple juice.

A few seasonings can be added - but definitely NO SALT! The ham has plenty as it is. Black or white pepper and various spices and herbs are often used, but not in great amounts. Just enough to hint at their presence.

Zested Lime Peel Cover The Other Ham Glaze Ingredients In This Clear Glass Mixing Bowl

Prepared sauces and condiments can add deeper nuances to the glaze's glorious flavor. Mustard, ketchup, bbq sauce, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce... you get the picture.

Depending on what you're after, one or two of these might be just what your ham glaze needs.

Now to the fancy stuff! Fruit jellies, jams and preserves give a ham glaze it's real character. Its raison d'être. Fruit and ham go together like, well... like they got that yin-yang thing going on. Perfect harmony of flavor.

And the whole point is harmony. The sweetness and the sour bite of a glaze goes along well with the salty, fatty, porky flavors of the ham. True bliss for the taste buds.

Squeezing Lime Juice Into The Ham Glaze

Sublime Cherry Lime Ham Glaze Recipe

Cherry preserves and fresh lime are the stars of this glaze recipe, adding mouthwatering flavor and a beautiful sheen to your baked or smoked ham. It also makes a really good sauce that adds an extra kick of flavor to your ham slice - or your ham slices - on the plate.

Pouring Thick and Sweet Cherry Preserves Out of Measuring Cup


Cherry Lime Ham Glaze Ingredients Standing At Attention!
  • One-half cup of cherry preserves, containing whole cherries
  • One-quarter cup of dark brown sugar, packed
  • One-quarter cup of good quality honey. My preference - organic clover honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard. Grey Poupon works well
  • One-half teaspoon of finely ground black pepper
  • Zested skin of half of a lime, approximately one teaspoon
  • Juice of half of a lime

This recipe makes enough glaze for one eight pound ham. Double the amount if your ham is larger, or if you want dipping sauce at the table.

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  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl

  2. Stir until thoroughly combined
Mixing Up The Ham Glaze To Ready It For Basting

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A Butt Portion Ham, Double Smoked, Coated With Ham Glaze and Ready To Serve

This recipe make about one and one-quarter cups of cherry lime ham glaze - enough to brush two coats on an eight pound butt or shank portion ham. There might even be a little bit left over for dipping.

TIP:  Heat the glaze for 15  seconds (longer if needed) in the microwave to loosen it up before it's brushed on the ham.

Create a Glaze of Another Color

Mixing a Bowl Of Cherry Lime Ham Glaze

Feeling adventurous? If cherries aren't your thing, you could substitute a different type of preserves in their place. A couple of options include seedless red raspberry jam and apricot preserves.

Since this recipe is heavy on the citrus, I would not recommend using orange marmalade as a substitute.

Take a gander at variety of jams, jellies and preserves available at the store and you might be inspired!

Slices of double smoked ham, topped with a dollop of sweet and tangy cherry lime glazing sauce. Truly delicious!

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Cherry Lime Ham Glaze Recipe

Cherry Lime Ham Glaze Ingredients Up Close

Category: Sauce
Method: Combine
Time: 30 Minutes
Yield: 1¼ Cups


Recipe By: SmokerBill

The tart, sweet flavor of cherry lime ham glaze adds excitement to your smoked or baked hams. Try this recipe. You'll be glad you did!

Ingredients and Instructions

  • One-half cup of cherry preserves
  • One-quarter cup of dark brown sugar, packed
  • One-quarter cup of quality honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • One-half teaspoon ground black pepper
  • One teaspoon lime zest
  • Juice of half of a lime
  1. Measure  ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Warm cherry lime glaze in microwave for 15 seconds before brushing onto ham.

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