This Cherry Chipotle Baked Ham recipe comes complete with a delicious sweet and spicy low carb ham glaze that is the perfect complement to the salty ribbons of ham. This will be a winner with any ham lovers!
When Jones Dairy Farm asked me to come up with a recipe featuring one of their hams, I was a little stumped. I prefer eating ham with a sweet glaze, but that can be difficult to accomplish while keeping it low carb.
I felt that I had already exhausted my savory ham recipe ideas with this Rosemary & Mustard Crusted Baked Ham recipe I came up with last year – so now what?
I mulled it over for a bit, and then decided to experiment with ways to make a sweet and flavorful, yet still low carb ham glaze using cherries as a base.
As a side point, don’t dismiss fruit simply because you are doing low carb. When used judiciously and in small amounts, fruit can be a nice treat that doesn’t break your carb bank.
To illustrate that point, I wanted cherry flavor but not a lot of sugar obviously, so I went with 1/2 cup of canned tart cherries in juice as a base for the low carb ham glaze. I boosted the flavor with cherry extract and simmered it with added water, then pureed it with some sweetener and xanthan gum to thicken it a bit.
Now I had the cherry flavor I wanted in my ham glaze but it was a little one-note, so to make it more interesting and give it more depth I added some allspice and chopped chipotles in adobo sauce. Winner. Sweet, tart, and with a touch of heat, this low carb cherry chipotle sauce is the perfect complement to a salty ham.
Low carb ham glaze complete, I scored and studded the ham with cloves while cooking (optional), basted it with the sauce a few times during baking, and then drizzled it with a small amount of molasses just before serving – the entire family loved it, and my 6 year old son called it the “best ham ever.”
High praise, trust me – the kid loves ham! I agree with him too, this may be the best low carb ham I’ve ever made.
Of course, delicious low carb ham glaze aside, it doesn’t hurt that the quality of the actual ham is superb. Jones Dairy Farm sent me this beauty by mail, and you can order it (or one of their many others) online as well.
Cooking for one or two and don’t need a giant ham? This low carb ham glaze would be just as good over a couple of pan seared ham steaks – and no carving required!
This low carb cherry chipotle baked ham boasts a sweet and spicy low carb ham glaze that will be a hit with the entire family!
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup canned pitted tart cherries in juice see example
- 2 Tbsp chopped chipotles in adobo sauce see example
- 1/2 tsp cherry extract see example
- 1 cup water see example (lol, made you look!)
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar substitute see example
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum see example
For the ham:
- 5 lb boneless ham (or other)
- 2 Tbsp whole cloves (optional)
- 1 Tbsp molasses
To make the sauce:
- Combine the cherries, chipotles, cherry extract, water and allspice in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and pour carefully into a small blender or magic bullet.
- Add the sweetener and xanthan gum and puree.
- Pour back into the saucepan and simmer for another five minutes. Set aside.
To make the ham:
- Place the ham in an ovenproof roasting pan.
- Pour in water to a depth of 1 inch.
- Score the top 2/3 of the ham in a diamond pattern to a depth of about 1/4 inch.
- Pierce with cloves (if using).
- Tent the ham with foil and bake at 325 for about 45 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and baste generously with the cherry chipotle sauce.
- Return to the oven, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
- Remove and baste again, then return to the oven for another 20 minutes or until the temperature at the center is 140 degrees.
- (This will obviously take longer if you are cooking a larger ham.)
- Remove ham from the oven and baste with sauce a final time.
- Heat the 1 Tbsp of molasses in the microwave until runny – then drizzle it over the top of the ham. Remove cloves before carving.
Approximate nutrition info per serving: 146 calories, 6g fat, 4g net carbs, 18g protein
- Category: Keto Dinner Recipes
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 4 oz
- Calories: 146
- Fat: 6g
- Carbohydrates: 4g net
- Protein: 18g
Obligatory Disclaimer: The Jones Dairy Farm products were provided to me at no charge, and I received monetary compensation for writing this post. All recipes, photos and lame attempts at humor are my own.
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