Bourbon glazed ham is a flavorful, savory dinner favorite. Treat your family and friends to this classic entreé this holiday season!
Course Main Course
Keyword baked ham, bourbon glaze, ham glaze
Prep Time 20minutes
Servings 10(see notes on how much ham per person)
6-10lbfully cooked ham bone in or boneless, spiral cut or not cut
2tbspapple cider vinegar
1/2tspground black pepper
1 tspsaltmore or less to taste
Combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a pot and whisk them together.
Bring the mixture to simmer over medium heat and simmer for about 15 minutes stirring often, until it's reduced by about half (but not more than half.) Take off heat.
Note that the glaze may look thin while it's hot but it does get thicker as it cools.
Preheat oven to 325°. Cover bottom of the roasting pan with aluminum foil to catch the drippings and add a couple cups of water. Place the roasting rack into the prepared roasting pan.
If using spiral cut ham, there is no need to score it.If using uncut ham, make sure to score the outer skin. Using a sharp knife, make cuts across the skin that are about 1/4-1/2 inch deep, forming diamond shapes.
Place ham on a couple of sheets of aluminum foil and glaze it all over with about half of the glaze. On the spiral cut ham, I like to brush some glaze in between the slices as well.
Wrap ham tightly in foil and place on the rack inside the roasting pan (flat side down if using half ham).
Bake for about an hour and a half covered (calculate about 15 minutes per pound).
Take ham out of the oven to glaze and close the oven door so the oven temperature doesn't go down.
Raise oven temperature to 400°.
Unwrap the ham and generously glaze with more glaze. (Save a little bit of glaze to brush finished ham at the end.)
Put it back in the oven, uncovered, and bake for about 30 more minutes, until internal temperature is 140° (for “fully cooked” ham).
**Note: If your ham is labeled “cook before eating,” cook ham at 350° until internal temperature reaches 160°.
Brush cooked ham with some leftover glaze and serve
How Much Ham Per Person:Fully cooked ham comes in bone-in and boneless options. Estimate about 3/4 pound per person for bone-in ham and 1/2 pound per person for boneless ham. Don’t forget, there are many things you can make with leftovers, so aim for a couple extra pounds just in case.