Recipe By sweetaddiction
Published Mar 5th
Prep 10m Cook - Additional - Ready In 10m
Servings 1 1/2 cups Calories 71.5

I created this recipe when frustrated by the packets of glaze that came with spiral hams bought at the grocery store. It is sweet, with the perfect amount of spice, and makes a nice crust on the outside of the ham, similar to the famous ham store’s. This recipe makes enough to cover a 3 to 5 pound ham. Store in an airtight tin if not using immediately.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Mix together brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, mustard powder, onion powder, and pepper in a bowl until well blended. Makes enough rub to cover one 3 to 5 pound ham. To be sure sugars form a crust, do not cover the ham during cooking. If not using immediately, store in an airtight tin.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 71.5
  • Carbohydrate 18.2 g
  • Fat 0.1 g
  • Fiber 0.1 g
  • Protein 0.1 g
  • Sodium 5.3 mg
  • Sugar 17.8 g


  1. It was good but I didn't experience the "crust" as others have even following the 550 down to 325 as directed. I probably wouldn't make it again as I prefer more of a fruity sweetness. I'm finding it hard to use this ham in leftovers because of the distinct brown sugar taste.
  2. I don't want to "mess with" the ratings for this particular recipe as is, but I do have some feedback that I think may help others trying this recipe in the future. I, like many users of, read a recipe, read some (if not all) of the reviews to get ideas on how to - Read more ...
  3. I'm so glad that everyone has enjoyed this rub! I just wanted to add a quick note. When I make my ham with this rub, I preheat the oven to 550. I cook the rubbed ham uncovered at 550 for about 20 minutes. I then turn it down to 300 or so (whatever the ham - Read more ...
  4. Ok, I admit up front- I didn't have any pumpkin pie spice, so i had to substitute. In this case, I used Garam Masala in place of it. I had a very large ham, 12lbs, so I made half-again the amount called for, using 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 3 tsp. Garam Masala, 3/4 tsp - Read more ...
  5. I will never cook ham another way again. This was so good. It was a good the Heavenly Ham that my Mother in Law buy every year at Christmas time. I used a smoked ham and cooked it in my crock pot for about 6 hours. It turned out soft an juicy. I didn't have - Read more ...
  6. This rub was phenomenal!! We used it on a 10 pound bone in spiral cut ham that we cooked for Christmas in the smoker...what a great flavor!! it is a keeper for sure!
  7. This was enough for my 8.5 lb. fully cooked shank ham. Didn't have pie spice, so used 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp. ground cloves. Only used 1/2 tsp. ground mustard. Scored it and rubbed it all over the ham, then put it in my Lisk roaster covered and - Read more ...
  8. Fantastic! We smoked a precooked ham for 3 hrs @230 degrees. I first smothered the ham in regular yellow mustard. Then I used this rub over the entire ham and massaged it in. At the 2 1/2 hr mark I mixed up honey & BBQ sauce and put it all over the ham. It looked - Read more ...
  9. Fabulous. Just fabulous. This really made my once-a-year ham really shine.
  10. We really enjoyed this rub. It was just what I was looking for! I didn't have pumpkin pie spice so I just used equal parts of cinnamon & nutmeg.

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