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Thanksgiving with Petit Jean Meats {Honey-Orange Glazed Ham}

by Milisa on November 5, 2012

Honey-Orange Glazed Ham

Ham is always on the menu for Thanksgiving around our place.  I’ve bragged about the Petit Jean Ham that my Mom brought me from Arkansas a few years back.  I saved it especially for Thanksgiving and my love for Petit Jean Meats was reborn.  Who knew a few short years later I would become an Ambassador for the Petit Jean brand.  Gosh I love being a food blogger!  

Every Petit Jean Ozark Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced ham is individually hand -trimmed and seasoned with a blend of cloves, cinnamon, and other special ingredients before going into our old-fashioned smokehouse. Inside our smokehouse, each ham soaks up the smoke from smoldering hickory chips for at least 16 hours. The result is a ham that is fully cooked, moist and tender through and through, with a incredible smoky flavor that goes all the way to the bone.

Traditionally I prepare the ham for Thanksgiving dinner and my Mother-in-law prepares the turkey and the dressing. We all chip in with appetizers, sides and desserts.  We always end up with enough food to feed a small country, but then we enjoy the leftovers for a few days.  It is one of the few times the boys leave any leftovers.

After stuffing ourselves until we can’t stuff anymore it’s usually naps in front of the fire.  We sometimes watch football and sometimes it’s the James Bond marathon that seems to always be playing over Thanksgiving.  We are too far from the cities to go crazy on Black Friday, so it is usually back to work on the ranch the day after, but man do we eat good for the next few days!

Petit Jean Smoked Hams are fully cooked, so I added a quick Honey-Orange Glaze, popped it in the oven and in just over an hour we were ready to eat!  You can order yours and it will arrive safely on your doorstep, no rush at the supermarket, no fights for the last ham like Christmas with the Kranks!  These are hands down my favorite hams and I know you will love them too!

What are your special Thanksgiving dishes?  Feel free to leave a link!

Honey-Orange Glazed Ham


for glaze:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or minced
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Place ham in a foil lined baking dish.

In a small sauce pan add all of the glaze ingredients and cook over low heat, stirring often until it just starts to bubble and all ingredients are combined.

Remove from heat and brush over ham, making sure to get in between slices on all sides.  Reserve about 1/3 of glaze.

Place ham in the oven and bake 10 minutes per pound.  My ham was about seven pounds so I set the timer for one hour ten minutes.

Half way through the baking time, pour remaining glaze over ham and continue to bake until ham is heated through.

Serve immediately or at room temperature.



Disclosure: I was provided with a ham for recipe development as part of the ambassador program from Petit Jean Meats.  All opinions are my own and I’ve loved the Petit Jean brand since I was a kid!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Nelly Rodriguez November 5, 2012 at 8:00 am

Miss, this looks so good and I love the glaze you made for it! I’ve never even heated a ham, much less cooked one and I love that Petit Jean makes it a lot easier for beginners like me! Will definitely look into their hams for Thanksgiving, since we will be spending it with M’s parents!


Milisa November 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

Great idea! You won’t be disappointed, their ham is wonderful!


Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen November 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

This ham looks perfect! I typcially do a ham at Easter but love the idea of adding one in at Thanksgiving to feed the crowd.


Kimby November 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Milisa, your honey-orange glaze is making me drool. I can already “taste” it! This will definitely be on our Thanksgiving table this year. Many thanks!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme November 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

That is one gorgeous ham! I don’t think I can wait until Thanksgiving to try this. It’s going on my menu asap.


Sommer@ASpicyPerspective November 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Oh my, that is one gorgeous ham! Pork heaven!!


Paula - bell'alimento November 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I love a good glazed ham!


JulieD November 5, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Looks great! My husband would love this!!


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking November 6, 2012 at 5:18 am

Wow, this is such a gorgeous holiday ham! Beautifully done!


Angie November 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I love glazed ham!


Kim in MD November 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Wow, that ham looks incredible, Milisa! I love the flavors in the glaze!


Tara @ Unsophisticook November 7, 2012 at 3:27 am

Mmm, I don’t make ham nearly often enough. Sounds so good right now!


Kate@Diethood November 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

My goodness, that looks amazing!


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles November 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I love these kinds of hams, but haven’t had this brand before. What a beautiful glaze!!


Scott Charton December 25, 2012 at 1:40 am

As an Arkansas expatriate who is a native of Conway County, where Petit Jean Meats is headquartered, I grew up loving all of Petit Jean’s products. Now I arrange shipments to my home in Missouri for special occasions, and for far-flung friends who love good eating. In addition to the outstanding hams, may I recommend the Petit Jean Arkansas Style Smoked Sausage Links. These savory sausages have a unique flavor, and they’re a staple of spaghetti-and-sausage suppers and church bazaars around Conway County and central Arkansas. Another favorite is Petit Jean Bologna, which we fondly call “Arkansas Round Steak.” A traditional New Year’s treat for our family is black-eyed peas for abundant good luck, and sandwiches of skillet-fried Petit Jean Bologna for a great outlook. Enjoy!


Larry December 25, 2012 at 3:49 am

Best meats in the Country. Great history behind the product. They have one of the finest Salesmen that I have ever met, Ole Jackie!!!!


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