Recipe: Honey-Bourbon Glazed Ham

Southerners know food, and we're especially particular about our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. We gather every family member around a perfectly coiffed tablescape, bring out all of our favorite Southern classics (we're looking at you, mashed potatoes!), and take time to enjoy each others' company. The food at these celebrations plays a huge role. Whether you're a turkey, ham, or pot roast family – we encourage you to try this oh-so-juicy Honey-Bourbon Glazed Ham. Coated with a sweet mixture of honey, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, and Creole mustard, this star entree is studded with cloves – so its presentation is equally as beautiful as its taste. Smoky, sweet, and fragrant, this crowd-pleasing ham recipe pairs well with just about any side dish that Mama wants to have on her holiday dinner table. Plus, if you have any leftovers (unlikely, we remind you), you can carve up the best ham-and-cheese sandwich you've ever had for lunch the next day.

This honey-baked ham recipe starts with a fully cooked, bone-in ham. Remove the skin from the ham, and trim back the fat until it's about 1/4-inch thick. Make a cross-hatch pattern on the ham, with 1-inch diamond cuts. Cover the ham completely, so that your syrup will soak in evenly! Add whole cloves into the center of your diamond cuts. Place the ham on a foil-lined pan, and then drizzle your honey-sugar-mustard mixture until the ham is completely covered. Bake the ham at 350˚ for 2 hours and 30 minutes, basting the ham with juices from the pan every half-hour or so. If your ham starts to brown, shield it with a little tin foil. Let it sit outside the oven for about 30 minutes, and then carve away!

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