Skip the glaze packet that came with your ham! This easy Brown Sugar Ham with Bourbon Glaze is perfect for Christmas, Easter and Sunday Supper!
I tend to get stuck in a rut cooking the same things over and over at the holidays. We all have those tried and true recipes that we rarely deviate from. My ham is one of those recipes. When I make a ham, I make my Orange Marmalade Ginger Ham Glaze.
This, of course, is obviously not that recipe. This is my sister-in-law Kim’s recipe…this is her tried and true recipe that she always makes for the holidays and special occasions.
BROWN SUGAR HAM WITH BOURBON GLAZE
Our family does food big over the holidays. We’re all foodies here, and we always go a little overboard. We love our leftovers!
This year we had turkey AND ham for Thanksgiving. Yes, really.
We had a full house for Thanksgiving this year. Actually my mother-in-law had the full house. She lives right across the street from us, and holiday gatherings tend to be at her place, not ours. It’s kind of crazy at our place with all the dogs and cats that we have. If we only had Murphy, it would still be crazy at our place. We have one pup who pulls all kinds of shenanigans. But we’re not going to talk about those right now.
My husband’s youngest sister and her family, as well as his brother and his family were here for the holiday. Altogether, there was 15 of us.
With all the cooking we do over the holidays, it’s nice to find a couple recipes to save you time and make your life a little easier.
This Brown Sugar Ham with Bourbon Glaze is one of those types of recipes.
My husband’s brother was in charge of the turkey. His wife made the ham, and I took pictures while she was cooking. I was in charge of the potatoes…you are going to love these Cheesy Potatoes with Bacon and Leeks. They’re a family tradition. We often have mashed potatoes as well, and if you’re looking to up your mashed potato game, I have three tips that will help you make the best mashed potatoes!
But let’s talk about this Brown Sugar Ham. I’m glad to have another recipe. You are going to love the Bourbon glaze!
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Place your ham in a deep roasting pan, then pat brown sugar on all sides. Pour your beer around the ham, cover with tin foil, and it’s ready to go in the oven. Check the weight of your ham…you’ll be baking for about 15 minutes per lb.
About an hour before the end of baking, pour off all but 1 1/2″ of the beer.
In small saucepan, whisk together the honey, mustard, 2 cups of brown sugar and bourbon, and cook over low heat until the brown sugar melts. Then start basting the ham every 10 minutes, first with the beer mixture from the bottom of the pan, and then the bourbon glaze.
Make sure you use up all of the glaze before you remove the ham. Serve with the sauce remaining in the pan.
So easy! My potatoes were more time consuming.
- Ham with bone
- 4 cups of dark brown sugar, divided
- 4 bottles of beer
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- Put ham in deep roasting pan.
- Pat a thick layer of brown sugar on all sides, about 2 cups.
- Pour beer around ham.
- Cover with tin foil and bake at 325 for approximately 15 min per lb.
- One hour before end of baking, pour off all but 1 1/2" of beer.
- In small saucepan, combine honey, mustard, the remaining 2 cups of brown sugar and bourbon.
- Whisk together and heat on low until brown sugar melts.
- Baste ham every 10 min with beer mixture from the bottom of the pan and then the bourbon glaze.
- Use all of the glaze before removing the ham.
- Slice and serve with sauce remaining in pan.
*A 10 lb ham will need to cook 2.5 hours.
*If your ham is the main part of the meal, then you will need more meat than if it is part of a buffet style meal. As the main part of the meal, a 10 lb ham will serve 7-10 people.