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The Ultimate Brown Sugar Sauce for Baked Ham

Elevate your baked ham with this luscious brown sugar sauce made from pantry staples. Sweet, tangy and wonderfully balanced, it’s the perfect accompaniment to bring out the very best flavors in your ham.

Why You Need This Sauce

The perfect combination of sweet and tangy, this brown sugar sauce balances and elevates the flavors of baked ham brilliantly. The brown sugar lends rich molasses notes and body, while the vinegar provides a bright acidity to cut through the richness. Dijon mustard ties it all together with a subtle kick.

As you spoon the warm sauce over your ham, the vinegar’s tang awakens your taste buds while the sweetness of the brown sugar coats your mouth deliciously. The mustard rounds out the profile with an underlying savoriness that complements the ham exquisitely.

This sauce is handy for more than just ham too. Spoon it over roasted vegetables, use as a glaze for baked chicken or pork, or even stir it into oatmeal or yogurt for a breakfast treat. It’s delightfully versatile.

While simple, this humble sauce packs in so much flavor that a little goes a long way towards taking your baked ham from ordinary to extraordinary. One spoonful and you’ll be hooked!

Easy to whip up with kitchen staples, this sauce can be made ahead if needed and gently rewarmed before serving. It makes a stunning addition to any holiday ham or Sunday dinner.

Whether for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or any other special occasion, this rich, tangy brown sugar sauce is sure to steal the show. One bite and you’ll never want to serve baked ham without this incredibly delicious sauce again!


The Ultimate Brown Sugar Sauce for Baked Ham

This is a lovely slightly sweet mustard accompaniment to baked ham.
Course Sauce
Cuisine English
Keyword sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 Cup


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water


  • Whisk sugar and flour together in a medium saucepan.
  • Stir in vinegar, salt and mustard.
  • Whisk in water, using as much water as you want for the thickness of sauce you desire at the end.
    Bring to a boil over medium heat and stir until thickened.
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