Brown Sugar Bourbon-Glazed Ham

Choose a bone-in half-ham brined with natural juices. Leaving a thin layer of fat after trimming amps up the flavor and keeps the meat moist.

Brown Sugar Bourbon-Glazed Ham being sliced by a woman in a white dress
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
8 to 10 servings


  • 1 (6- to 8-lb.) fully cooked, bone-in ham

  • 48 whole cloves

  • 1 (16-oz.) package light brown sugar

  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard

  • 1 cup cola soft drink

  • ¾ 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.

  2. Insert cloves in centers of diamonds. Place ham in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan. 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 slowly with pan juices every 15 to 20 minutes. Remove ham from oven, and let stand 20 minutes before slicing, basting occasionally with pan juices.

Related Articles