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Sweet Bourbon Ham Recipe
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Sweet Bourbon Ham

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"My dad made this ham for Christmas about 15 years ago, and we loved it. I haven't made a different ham since and haven't loved one as much."

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Original recipe makes 1 ham Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 45 mins

    3 hrs 35 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Remove skin and excess fat from ham, leaving a fat layer about 1/4-inch thick. Score ham in a diamond pattern with a sharp knife. Push cloves into the center of the scored diamond shapes. Place ham with cut side down into a roasting pan.
  3. Bake ham in the preheated oven until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, not touching bone, reads 125 degrees F (52 degrees C), about 2 hours.
  4. Combine brown sugar, whiskey, and black pepper in a bowl until glaze is smooth.
  5. Raise oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  6. Baste ham with 1/3 the whiskey glaze. Return to oven and bake until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F (60 degrees C), basting ham with whiskey glaze every 10 minutes. Cover ham loosely with a tent of aluminum foil if ham browns too quickly.
  7. Let ham rest for 15 minutes before carving.
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Feb 23, 2013

Ham, cloves and brown sugar was not a new idea for me, but adding the bourbon whiskey was. I worried a bit as I mixed the whiskey and brown sugar together as the smell of the whiskey was VERY strong. I prepared and baked as the instructions were written and the results were fantastic. Of course, the pungent smell of the whiskey evaporated as the ham cooked. By basting as the ham cooked it formed a nice crust on the outer edge of the ham. I did let it rest for the 15 minutes be carving. We served this on Hawaiian rolls and it was enjoyed by all. I most definitely will be preparing a ham this way again, especially since I have a full bottle of whiskey! Thanks AMYDANIELLE1 for sharing your recipe. I'm happy to be the first to review and photograph your recipe.

Apr 29, 2013

This was better than expected, don't change a thing except maybe double the sauce/glaze for extra. I used a cooked/smoked ham shank that was on sale and wondered what to do different and found this recipe. I will be making this again that's for sure. I doubled the glaze recipe and heated in sauce pan to cook off alcohol then added to pan for last 10 minutes to thicken. Note: be careful to not let it all boil over and do not taste before hand or bourbon and pepper will knock you socks off. just let it cook down and you will end up with the most flavorful thick sauce you can imagine. Have photos to come as soon as I figure out how to do it. Thanks Amydanielle1 for the recipe. Awesome!

Dec 02, 2014

Absolutely loved this recipe! When I made mine is used an 11lb spiral ham and doubled everything but the cloves. I used, 1/2 cup of bourbon, 2 cups of brown sugar, eyeballed about 3 tsp of brown sugar, 3 TBS OF GROUND CLOVES, and I added about 1/8 cup of honey. I mixed the ingredients together, then poured the mixture between the layers of my ham, and marinated it over night. Woke up and threw it in the oven on 300 for 2 hours, basting approximately every 30 minutes. Talk about AMAZING!!!!! This was my first time cooking for my in-laws, and they all loved it :-) will most definitely cook for you guys aagain for Christmas.

Dec 30, 2014

My wife loved it i used dark brown sugar, minced onions, minced garlic,black pepper,and Jack Daniels whiskey,i used the glaze as my marinade i then diamond cut the ham then and then i injected the ham with the glaze and covered the ham with the glaze and sat it in the refrigerator overnight cut side down next morning put it the oven at 325 and slow cooked and baste every 30mins and reglazed 10mins before i took it out and it was perfect even the leftovers was still juicy ??????

Apr 06, 2015

I have never tried any type of liquor other than bourbon with this ham. Cognac is a type of brandy, while bourbon is a type of whiskey--I would think you would end up with a fairly different flavor. Let me know if you try it. I will say those little bottles of liquor you can get near the checkout at most liquor stores are the perfect amount for the glaze--I always buy those because I don't have any other reason to buy bourbon and don't want the big bottle. (Is it arrogant to give your own recipe 5 stars? Writing a review is the only way I know to reply, and if I have to choose a number of stars... ;-) )

Jan 01, 2015

BEST. HAM. EVER. Made recipe exactly as written. Delicious! I served this with some spicy black eyed peas, greens, and cream corn. Picky-eater husband thought he died and went to heaven.

Mar 11, 2014

Absolutely amazing used a local bourbon was outstanding. I did heat the sauce up a little before glazing the ham

May 06, 2013

What a great glaze recipe!! Will use again and again!


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  • Calories
  • 758 kcal
  • 38%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.4 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 154 mg
  • 51%
  • Fat
  • 51.2 g
  • 79%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 51.2 g
  • 102%
  • Sodium
  • 3551 mg
  • 142%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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