Brown Sugar-Bourbon Baked Ham

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

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

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


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


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.

March 2009
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