Bourbon brown sugar glazed ham makes a rich, elegant, and delicious meal for holidays or special occasions.
Once again, as I was cookbook “surfing”, I came across this recipe for Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham in the old Time-Life, Foods of the World, American Cookbook. Though I no longer have the hardback, I still have the small spiral-bound cookbook, which has all the recipes, but not the history and photos. I love simple recipes, with just a few ingredients, and this one fit the bill. While I don’t like drinking any dark colored spirits, bourbon included, I have no problem cooking or baking with them. Since the alcohol evaporates, all that’s left is the rich flavor which complements the sweet brown sugar. As always, buy the best quality ham you can afford. No amount of glaze can compensate for a canned ham.
I was able to find a spiral-cut, smoked, eight pound ham for just under $2 a pound at my local big box store. But this time of year, most grocery stores offer similar discounts.
As with most dishes, there’s always a short-cut to make it, but with a little planning, this dish can be cooked ahead the old-fashioned way. Then finish cooking it in the oven with the glaze, in under 30 minutes. For family holidays and special occasions, I don’t mind the slow cooking that happens when everyone is gathered.
Here is the bourbon brown sugar glazed ham recipe. Enjoy!
- An 8-10 pound smoked ham pre-cooked and spiral cut, if possible
- 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
- Whole cloves optional
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place the ham fat side up on a rack and set in a shallow roasting pan. Bake in the middle of the oven, without basting, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat can be easily pierced with a fork. The internal temperature should read between 130 and 140 degrees F.
Meanwhile, combine bourbon, brown sugar and dry mustard in a small bowl.
When ham is cool enough to handle, cut away the rind, then score the ham by cutting deeply through the fat until you reach the meat and make a cross-wise or diamond pattern.
Pat or use a pastry brush to cover the ham with the bourbon and brown sugar mixture. If using cloves, pierce a whole clove into the center of each diamond.
Return the ham back to the oven and continue cooking and additional 15-20 minutes, or until the sugar has melted and formed a brilliant glaze.
If you’re looking for some side dishes to go with ham, how about Lawry’s Famous Creamed Spinach?
Or the Crispiest Ever Roasted Potatoes?
Or the Best Potato Salad I’ve ever tasted!