Make your baked ham extra special with a homemade glaze. It takes just 5 minutes to make the glaze for this bourbon honey glazed ham!
When I think of ham, I think of thin slices of specially cured pork goodness on sandwiches, as part of tapas, or toppings on pizza, but for holidays or special occasions, I don’t always think of preparing a baked ham – I usually make my smoked turkey or pork shoulder. However, as we have traveled around the United States I have been fascinated at the number of families that do prepare and serve baked ham for special meals. I see why, it’s incredibly easy to bake a ham, and the options for flavors and preparation are many.
Dinner hams can be found at just about any grocery store, usually pre-cooked and spiral-cut to make serving easier. Most come with a packet of glaze, but making your own glaze is the way to go. First, you see what exactly goes in the glaze, and second, you can adjust flavors to suit your preference be it sweet, hot, or otherwise seasoned.
I assure you, the variety of glazes matches the cultural diversity in the United States. Cola is a popular additive in the South, while maple syrup is a favorite in the Northeast, citrus and soy sauce are a common find out West, and in pockets of the country you will find ingredients like root beer, berries, or jalapeño peppers. I decided to make a honey bourbon glazed ham because I couldn’t pick a regional style I wanted to highlight over all others! Honey is a common denominator in most recipes across the country, and bourbon (a distinctly American product) is just great for cooking.
For best results, keep the following notes in mind. Be careful to not over-bake your ham as this will cause the glaze to burn. Burning glaze can be avoided by covering your ham with aluminum foil for most of your baking (as noted in the directions). Also, l letting your ham rest after baking is equally important as this helps seal in the glaze flavor inside the meat. We brushed our ham with a little extra glaze from the pan just before plating to make sure we got plenty of honey bourbon flavor. Enjoy!
- 10 pound ham, bone-in, spiral cut
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/3 cup mustard, yellow
- 1 tsp cloves, ground
- 1/2 tsp ginger, ground
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While heating, combine all ingredients except ham in a bowl.
- Score the fatty side of the ham in cross-cut fashion.
- Place ham in baking pan and baste using the bowl mixture.
- Cover the ham with aluminum foil. Bake for one hour with the foil cover.
- Remove the foil, add or re-baste the ham as needed, and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
- Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for up to 30 minutes.