Brown Sugar-Bourbon Baked Ham

Southern Living
Brown Sugar-Bourbon Baked Ham Recipe
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

Delicious warm or cold, this Southern Living favorite is the ultimate make-ahead main dish. Basting delivers big flavor and a beautiful glaze with little effort.

Makes 8 to 10 servings


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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
3/4 cup bourbon
Garnish: fresh bay leaves


Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes
Stand: 20 Minutes

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. Insert cloves in centers of diamonds. Place ham in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

2. 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 with pan juices every 15 to 20 minutes. Remove ham from oven, and let stand 20 minutes before slicing. Garnish, if desired.

Created date

February 2009