Bourbon Honey Ham Glaze

nadine mesch


I plan to use this recipe for our Easter ham. Our family from Lexington, KY are coming to visit... so it seemed appropriate. :)

★★★★★ 3 votes
5 Min
30 Min

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This glaze is going to add so much flavor to your holiday ham. The apple juice helps to bring out the sweet, smokey flavor in the bourbon. But, the bourbon flavor isn't overpowering. Honey and brown sugar raise the sweetness factor and caramelize beautifully on the baked ham.


1/2 c
1/2 c
apple juice
1 1/2 c
brown sugar
1/4 c
1/8 tsp
cayenne pepper


1Place ham on a baking pan, fat side up. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes per pound or follow package directions.
2While ham is baking, in a saucepan combine the bourbon and apple juice and bring to a boil. Cook over medium to medium-high heat until reduced to about ½ cup.
3Remove from heat and add brown sugar, honey, and cayenne pepper. Stir to form a paste.
4Remove the ham from the oven about 30 minutes before it is finished cooking.
5Score the ham, if it is not already scored. You just want to slice through the very outer layer of the ham to help the glaze soak in.
6Rub paste all over the top and sides of the ham.
7Bake 20-30 minutes more or until the glaze is glossy and darkened.
8Let ham sit a few minutes before slicing.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Collection: Easter
Hashtags: #honey, #ham, #bourbon, #glaze