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Sweet Bourbon Ham


"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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3 h 35 m servings 758 cals
Original recipe yields 14 servings (1 ham)

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  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.


  • Partner tip: Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 758 calories; 51.2 g fat; 17.4 g carbohydrates; 51.2 g protein; 154 mg cholesterol; 3551 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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 t...

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This ham turned out dry. The glaze was good but so thick there was no way it provided any moister to the ham. I ended up taking the very concentrated dripping from the pan and added to some ch...

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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 t...

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 bro...

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 t...

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 ...

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 fla...

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.

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

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

Made this last year for Christmas Eve dinner and it was a huge hit!!! I'm making it again this year. Awesome recipe! Salty ham, with the sweet glaze and the spice of the cloves..... just aweso...