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.
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
How to Make It
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.
Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients; spoon mixture over ham.
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.
This is the best ham recipe. I made this for a Sunday dinner and the whole family (most are picky eaters) loved it. My husband said "this is the best ham he ever had". Please keep in mind my mother in-law has the best ham recipe in the family. Not any more . . . hehe!
I made this for my family and everyone's jaw dropped -- WOW! After a few days of picking, sandwiches, etc., we threw all the leftover bone, meat and juices into a couple of cups of cooked white beans, baked it for 6 hours at 300 degrees and had the best baked beans ever. Thank you for such a great recipe!
Made this for Christmas Dinner and it as a big hit. The bourbon was not overwhelming at all. I could not find the whole cloves to put on the outside, so I added about 1/4 tsp. of ground cloves to the mix. Very easy to make. This recipe will definitely be revisited again.
I served this at a dinner party for 50. The glaze is the perfect midway point between savory and sweet (if you have that debate at your house like we do). Because I was feeding so many, I used a ready-to-cook 11 lb ham. The glaze couldn't do its work all the way through my too-large ham, but the area the glaze did affect was wonderful. I imagine on a smaller ham this would be incredible.
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