Sweet Bourbon Glazed Ham

Finished glazed ham studded with cloves resting on a cutting board as slices are carved.

Sweet Bourbon Glazed Ham is all about adding that finishing touch to an amazing piece of meat. Popular over the holiday season it doesn’t need to be confined to it, but can still be made year-round

You can use any type of ham from solid bone-in, spiral cut, or bone-free lunch style hams as in the photo. This decision is more about what you can easily transport, your budget, and the number of people you are feeding.

When selecting your bourbon it can be your favorite drinking one (many people say you should cook with the one you drink), however, it is also common to find a cheaper brand that cooks well kept in the pantry rather than the drinking cupboard.

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Glazed ham studded with cloves sitting in apple cider in a pie pan on a grill, surrounded by smoke.
You can modify this recipe to cook the ham on a closed grill or smoker.
Glazed ham studded with cloves sitting in apple cider in a pie pan, ready to transfer to a board and rest before serving.
The ham cooks for two hours resting in ½ inch (1 cm) of apple cider or juice.
Finished glazed ham studded with cloves resting on a cutting board as slices are carved.
Rest the cooked ham for 20 minutes before carving.

Sweet Bourbon Glazed Ham Recipe

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Finished glazed ham studded with cloves resting on a cutting board as slices are carved.
Sweet Bourbon Glazed Ham is all about adding that finishing touch to an amazing piece of meat.
Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 2 hours 20 minutes
Ready in 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
CourseMain Dish
InfluenceEuropean
DifficultyExperienced
MethodRoast

Ingredients

  • 10 pound ham
  • 30 cloves or as needed
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 3 cups apple cider or apple juice

Equipment

  • disposable pie tin

Directions

  • Depending on the ham being used, trim the excess fat from the ham leaving a ⅛ inch (1/2cm) layer only. Take a sharp knife and score the ham about ½ inch (1cm) deep and 2 inches (5cm) apart creating diamonds. Stick a clove into the center of each diamond.
  • In a small bowl add the sugar, mustard, and bourbon then mix into a paste.
  • Rub the paste over the whole ham. Wrap with plastic wrap and leave for 30 minutes in a cooler.
  • Preheat the camp oven or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Pour the apple cider or juice into disposable pie tin then add the ham. Place the tin and ham in the preheated camp oven or Dutch oven. Cook for 2 hours. Remove the lid and baste every 20 to 30 minutes.
  • When cooked, transfer to a board and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 4498mgCalcium: 59mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 2IUSugar: 32gFiber: 1gPotassium: 1189mgCholesterol: 234mgCalories: 1071kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 23gFat: 64gProtein: 82gCarbohydrates: 34gIron: 4mg

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