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Brown Sugar-Bourbon Baked Ham

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 2 hrs, 30 mins
Stand time 20 mins
Yield

Makes 8 to 10 servings

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

  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.