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5-Spice Cherry Rum Glazed Ham

Get ready for sticky glazed, spiced ham this festive or holiday season – it really is a standout centrepiece when you’re feeding loved ones! Marinate the meat overnight for even more flavour, or aim for a minimum of two hours.


5-Spice Cherry Rum Glazed Ham

20 minutes + marinating
50 minutes
about 16 people

5kg (11 lb) whole cooked and smoked ham on the bone



4cm piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

3 red Asian shallots, roughly chopped

3 large red chillies

1 tablespoon Chinese 5-spice

1 tablespoon ground allspice

1 tablespoon ground cloves

2 tbsp brown sugar

100 ml (3.3 fl oz) spiced rum

100 ml (3.3 fl oz) malt vinegar



300g (10.5 oz) dark cherry jam

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup cherry juice

¼ cup soy sauce

2 whole star anise

  • Step 1

    For the marinade, blend all ingredients until smooth.

  • Step 2

    To prepare ham, slide your fingers under skin, working them between the skin and fat, loosening the skin as you go. Gently work your fingers all over the ham, removing the skin in one piece. Keep the ham skin for when storing your ham in the fridge later (it helps to keep the ham moist).

  • Step 3

    Score the fat of the ham at 1cm intervals. Pour the marinade over the ham and rub all over. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight or at least for 2 hours.

  • Step 4

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F.

  • Step 5

    To make the glaze, place the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly. Set aside for later.

  • Step 6

    Scrape off most of the marinade. Place the ham on an oven tray lined with 2 layers of foil. Generously brush the ham with the glaze. Cook the ham in the oven for 45 minutes, basting with the glaze every 10 minutes. Remove the ham from the oven and serve warm or cold.

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What our customers say

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February 5, 2024

Wow – never knew a glaze could ever have so much flavour – I feel the secret is how you make the marinade the day before and cover your ham over night and the next day you put your glaze on and serve it with the best sauce ever – I am 75 years old but I have never tasted such a great glaze for a ham – it will be the only one I use at Xmas because I feel the marinade gives it that extra taste but out of this world for flavour.

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Robyn L

Fabulous! So tender & the flavor! 😍

January 31, 2024

This was incredibly delicious and made Christmas dinner very special. We got a spiral-sliced ham and I poured the marinade between each slice and on top. The flavor of the marinade & glaze is just incredible. The marinade also tenderizes the ham so it practically melts in your mouth! It freezes beautifully and the ham sandwiches from the leftovers were divine. Will definitely make again.

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A winner

December 26, 2023

We eat cold ham all year. For Christmas I wanted something special, not just smoked ham. This is it! The family absolutely loved it as did I! We cooked it in our Webber BBQ KETTLE and it was perfection ( on low heat).

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