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An overview shot of a honey bourbon glazed ham next to a bowl of mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and a glass of white wine.

Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Entree
Keyword: Glazed ham recipe, holiday entree, Honey glazed ham
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 398kcal
This Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham is just amazing and the perfect dish for Easter Sunday, or any other special occasion. So simple, yet so incredible in flavor. And you'll love the leftovers! Yum!
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  • Large roasting pan with rack


  • 1 cup bourbon
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup molasses or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1 15 lb ham smoked, bone-in, preferably Berkshire or Heritage


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Whisk bourbon, cider vinegar, honey, molasses, brown sugar, and mustard in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Score fat in a crosshatch pattern, not cutting more than approx. ½-inch deep.
  • Set the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan and add enough water to fill to 1/4" inch, about 2 cups.
  • Brush ham with glaze and roast, basting every 20 minutes with extra glaze. (Tent with foil if browning too quickly, until insta-read thermometer registers 135 F, about 2 hours).
  • Transfer ham to cutting board and let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional brown mustard, if desire.



If your ham is frozen, let it thaw in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days before cooking.  
A bone-in, smoked Heritage ham is another great option for ham.  Look in the body of the post for links to distributors of excellent Berkshire or Heritage hams.  
If you don't want alcohol in the glaze, then substitute the bourbon with chicken or beef broth, however, the taste will be different.  It will be delicious, but a different profile than with the bourbon.  99% of the alcohol cooks out during the roasting process.  
Though the smoked ham is already cooked, we recommend roasting the ham until an internal temperature of 135°F is reached.  An instant-read thermometer helps with this. 
Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week and freezes beautifully for up to 2 months. 


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg