If you're looking for a new way to glaze your ham, try this delicious cherry and honey glaze with a hint of balsamic vinegar. The sweet and tart flavors of the cherries and honey complement the smoky flavor of the ham perfectly, and the balsamic vinegar adds a subtle depth of flavor.


  • 1 fully cooked ham, bone-in or boneless
  • 1 can of tart cherries, drained and juice reserved
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Score the surface of the ham with a sharp knife, making diamond shapes about 1/4 inch deep.
  3. Combine the reserved cherry juice, honey, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, and cinnamon in a small saucepan.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cherries and remove the glaze from heat.
  6. Place the ham in a roasting pan and brush the glaze over the surface of the ham, making sure to get the glaze in between the scored lines.
  7. Roast the ham in the oven for 15 minutes per pound, basting with the glaze every 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.
  9. Serve the ham with any remaining glaze on the side.


  • You can use fresh cherries instead of canned if they're in season. Just pit and chop them before adding to the glaze.
  • If you don't have balsamic vinegar, you can use apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar instead.
  • Leftover ham and glaze make great sandwiches.


This cherry and honey glazed ham is a delicious twist on a classic holiday recipe. The tartness of the cherries and the sweetness of the honey and brown sugar create a perfect balance of flavors, and the balsamic vinegar adds a subtle depth of flavor. Give this recipe a try and watch it become a new family favorite.

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