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Maple Glaze

Maple Glaze is the perfect addition to our favorite grilled meats. The sweet and savory mix adds incredible flavor to everything from a holiday ham recipe to your favorite grilled wings. 

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We’ve been using this maple glaze for a few years and we just keep going back to it for the incredible flavor it adds to pork and chicken. Give it a try for your next meal on the grill!

Maple Glaze in a jar with spoon dipping - red napkin background

Maple Glaze Ingredients

maple syrup bottle with pepper, rosemary, paprika, garlic and salt in small white bowls
  • Pure maple syrup – A must have for this recipe. t is not the same as pancake syrup, which is made with corn syrup. No substitutions!
  • Granulated garlic – Garlic is the perfect savory compliment to the sweet maple syrup. Use fresh garlic if you prefer.
  • Black pepper – Adds a spicy kick to the glaze.
  • Smoked paprika – The secret ingredient in most grilling rubs. It adds the perfect balance of flavor with a hint of smokiness.
  • Kosher salt – A bit of salt is a must have for grilling meat.
  • Ground rosemary – Fresh or dried rosemary works great in this recipe. If you are injecting the glaze, the ground rosemary works best.

How to Make a Maple Glaze

saucepan with maple glaze ingredients
  1. In a saucepan, add real maple syrup, garlic pepper, paprika, salt and rosemary.maple grilling glaze in a saucepan with whisk
  2. Whisk to combine and cook over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Whisk occasionally, boiling 3- 5 minutes. 
  4. Remove from heat and cool slightly before using. 
Jar of maple glaze on a red napkin

Make Ahead

  • Maple glaze can be made in advance, which is a great way to save time when preparing a large holiday meal. Store cooled glaze or leftover glaze in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.
  • Bring to room temperature or heat slightly before using.

Great Recipe Ideas Using Maple Glaze

This maple glaze is so good that we have cooked with it more than a couple of times. It has so much flavor and makes the best tasting grilled meats. You can also use it for your favorite baked ham or a nice salmon fillet.

Maple Glazed bone in ham

Maple Glazed Ham is so simple to make for any holiday meal. This ham has the best flavor and has been the centerpiece of our Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. If you like brown sugar glazed ham, this maple version is always a crowd favorite.

Maple Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Maple Glazed Ribs are outrageously delicious. Like nothing you can get from a bbq restaurant, these ribs are sticky sweet and perfectly smoked. We never have leftovers when this simple recipe for these ribs are on the menu.

Chicken Wings on a platter, parsley garnish

Smoked Maple Wings were the star of the show at our last get together. They are so simple to make on the grill and is one of the best ways to flavor with chicken tenders or chicken thighs too. 

Pork chops on a grill with rosemary and baconMaple Glazed Pork Chops are always a favorite weeknight dinner.  Thick and hearty pork chops are the perfect recipe with the maple and rosemary flavors. 

Why You Will Love this Easy Maple Glaze

  • It is the most incredible sticky glaze for anything on the grill including holiday hams, turkey or try it on roasted sweet potatoes. It is truly one of our favorite glazes.
  • This maple glaze is made with basic ingredients and the maple flavor elevates the flavors of smoky grilled meats with different flavors than you may have tried before.
  • The sweetness of the maple syrup pairs with the savory garlic and herbs for an incredible flavor combination that is sure to impress everyone around your holiday dinner table.

This Maple Glaze is the perfect way to add amazing flavor and golden brown finish to practically anything you are grilling this week. It’s sure to make the best holiday ham, smoked ribs or chicken. The sticky sweet glaze has the perfect peppery bite and loads of garlic and herb flavors. 


Maple Glaze in a glass jar with spoon dipping into sauce - jar on red napkin
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Maple Glaze

Maple Glaze is the perfect addition to our favorite grilled meats. The sweet and savory mix adds incredible flavor to everything from a holiday ham to your favorite grilled wings. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas ham glaze, Easter ham glaze, glaze for ham, maple grilling sauce, pork chop glaze
Servings: 3 /4 cup
Calories: 99kcal


  • 12 ounces Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground rosemary


  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  • Whisk together and cook over medium heat, bringing mixture to a boil.
  • Stir frequently and cook 3-5 minutes more.
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly before using.


Maple glaze can be made in advance. Store cooled glaze in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.
Bring to room temperature or heat slightly before using.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 429mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g

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  1. I made the Maple glaze with whole peppercorns, fresh rosemary and fresh garlic added to the other ingredients, cooked then when slightly cooled blitzed it in the blender and seived the bits out. It was lovely!