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Ginger Ale-Brown Sugar Smoked Ham Photo by: Photo: Jennifer Davick

Ginger Ale-Brown Sugar Smoked Ham

Grab a bottle of your favorite spicy (or "hot") ginger ale (such as Blenheim from South Carolina, Buffalo Rock from Alabama, or a spicy Jamaican-style ginger beer) to use in this recipe.

Southern Living MAY 2012

  • Yield: Makes 16 to 18 appetizer servings
  • Hands-on: 15 Minutes
  • Total: 4 Hours, 50 Minutes


  • 1 (8- to 9-lb.) smoked, ready-to-cook, bone-in ham
  • 2 (12-oz.) bottles or cans spicy ginger ale
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper


1. Preheat oven to 325°. Remove skin from ham, and trim fat to 1/4-inch thickness. Make shallow cuts in fat 1 inch apart in a diamond pattern. Place ham, fat side up, in a roasting pan; add ginger ale and bourbon to pan. Cover loosely with foil.

2. Bake, covered, at 325° for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into ham registers 140°, basting with pan juices every 30 minutes.

3. Stir together brown sugar and next 4 ingredients. Remove ham from oven; uncover and sprinkle sugar mixture over ham, lightly pressing mixture into fat.

4. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is browned and a meat thermometer registers 145°. Transfer ham to a cutting board, and let stand 15 minutes before carving.