Blackberry & Rum-Glazed Ham

Lunch / Dinner

Blackberry & Rum-Glazed Ham

Preparing this ham is simple: score it, cover and steam, then baste and roast. Honestly, besides scoring the rind and making the simple but outrageously good Blackberry & Rum glaze, it’s pretty much hands-off. Then just carve, eat, and enjoy an Easter ham you won't soon forget!


20 servings

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Test Kitchen Tip

The USDA recommends heating (cooking) a fully cooked (not fresh) ham in an oven no lower than 325 degrees to an internal temperature of 140°.


Preheat oven to 325°. Line a baking sheet with foil; top with a rack.

Score ham rind in a diamond pattern on all sides; transfer to prepared baking sheet and pour 1½ cups water under rack. Wrap ham and baking sheet tightly with foil (without letting foil touch ham).

Cook ham according to package directions (14–16 minutes per pound), about 2½ hours.

Meanwhile, heat brown sugar, preserves, butter, rum, lemon juice, pepper, and salt for the glaze in a saucepan over medium-high until sugar dissolves and preserves melt, 5 minutes. Add blackberries and simmer glaze until berries soften, 5 minutes; crush berries with a potato masher. Reserve one-third of glaze for basting and remaining two-thirds for serving.

Baste ham with reserved one-third glaze when there is 25 minutes left of cook time. Cook ham, uncovered, 25 minutes more. Transfer ham to a cutting board; tent with foil and let rest 30 minutes before carving. Serve ham with remaining two-thirds glaze.


Crosshatching simply means to score the exterior of the ham ¼- to ½-inch deep with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern. This allows the glaze to seep into the ham’s crevices for more flavor and creates crisp, golden edges once the ham is uncovered.


Wrap the ham and baking sheet tightly with foil. The ham relies on the steam that collects inside the sealed cooking vessel to heat it up. Note: Do not let the foil touch the ham.


Baste the ham by uncovering it, brushing with the glaze, then roast it, uncovered. The glaze “candies” the ham’s rind.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 593

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 35g 53%

Saturated Fat 13g 65%

Cholesterol 164mg 54%

Sodium 1956mg 81%

Carbs 23g 7%

Protein 45g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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