Friday, March 29, 2013

Brown Sugar Bourbon Baked Ham Yumminess!

Okay, Easter is right around the corner. In my house, that means ham. I've used a few different recipes over the years, but last year I tried one that beats all the rest, hands down. This will be, I promise you, the BEST ham you've ever eaten. I can't tell you enough of its deliciousness. Looks like a lot of basting sauce at first, but it reduces down. Trust me - scrap all your other plans and make this next weekend!

I used whiskey instead of bourbon - basically, whatever is in your liquor cabinet will work. Thanks so much to the folks at Southern Living for dreaming this up!

Brown Sugar-Bourbon Baked Ham

Prep: 15 min.; Bake: 2 hr., 30 min.; Stand: 20 min. Delicious warm or cold, this Southern Living favorite is the ultimate make-ahead main dish. Basting delivers big flavor and a beautiful glaze with little effort.
Brown Sugar-Bourbon Baked HamPhoto by: Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
  • YIELD: Makes 8 to 10 servings
  • COOK TIME:2 Hours, 30 Minutes
  • PREP TIME:15 Minutes


  • 1 (6- to 8-lb.) fully cooked, bone-in ham
  • 48 whole cloves
  • 1 (16-oz.) package brown sugar
  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard (or dijon, which I used and was sublime)
  • 1 cup cola soft drink
  • 3/4 cup bourbon


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove skin from ham, and trim fat to 1/4-inch thickness. Make shallow cuts in fat 3/4 inch apart in a diamond pattern. Insert cloves in centers of diamonds. Place ham in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.
2. Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients; spoon mixture over ham.
3. Bake at 350° on lowest oven rack 2 hours and 30 minutes, basting with pan juices every 15 to 20 minutes. Remove ham from oven, and let stand 20 minutes before slicing.

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