Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
2 Hours 30 Mins
Stand Time
20 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients; spoon mixture over ham.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

ooooooooo's Review

April 03, 2010
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!

lindasanders's Review

April 10, 2009
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!

Brie30's Review

May 01, 2011
I made this for Easter, exactly per the recipe. I gotta admit, I was leery of the strange concoction of ingredients, but BOY was it a hit! Everyone loved it!

spber68's Review

March 14, 2013

moon422's Review

April 06, 2010
So good, so easy. I was wary about the the bourbon but I couldn't even taste it in the end. I may just leave it out next time. Regardless, using the bourbon made a beautiful and delicious ham.

Dunateo's Review

December 26, 2014
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.

MrsH0507's Review

October 07, 2009
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.

firmdeb's Review

May 02, 2010
This was so yummy I could not stop taking little "test bites."