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Chris Lilly’s Spiced Apricot Sauce

Brushing glaze onto a smoked ham

Take your holiday ham over the top with this delicious fruity glaze from barbecue guru Chris Lilly.

This is a first rate glaze for ham created by one of the best barbecue cooks I’ve ever met, Chris Lilly, Executive Chef of Big Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur Alabama, consulting chef for Kingsford Charcoal, pitmaster for the Big Bob Gibson competition BBQ team, and author of one of my favorite cookbooks, Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book

Here’s a recipe for one of my favorite finishing sauces for ham, Chris’s spiced apricot glaze. When I make his recipe I like to give it a bit of smokiness by using smoked paprika instead of regular paprika and chipotle powder instead of the cayenne powder. But don’t skip anything else, especially the cloves, they are a crucial part of the flavor profile. I like to add a 2 teaspoons of salad grade balsamic vinegar to the mix.

Spiced Apricot Glaze Recipe


Pitmaster Chris Lilly
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This sweet apricot glaze is perfect for Easter ham, or any wet cured ham. It is also great on a variety of other pork barbecue.

Course: Sauces and Condiments
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy

Makes:

About 1 cup/236.6 ml
Servings: 16

Takes:

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage (sage powder)
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
Metric conversion:

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Method

  • Prep. In a medium bowl, combine the glaze ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate until you need it. It will keep for weeks.
  • Serve. If using as a ham glaze, begin brushing the ham during the last few minutes of heating so that the sugars to not burn. Brush the ham once more just prior to serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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Published On: 3/15/2017 Last Modified: 9/11/2021

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