Hands-On Time
20 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 10 Mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings

It’s hardly the holidays without a ham, and with a deliciously sweet glaze (made with whole cloves, brown sugar, brown mustard, cola, and bourbon), this one delivers big on festive flavor. For this bourbony brown sugar glazed ham recipe, choose a bone-in half-ham, brined with natural juices. Leaving a thin layer of fat after trimming amps up the flavor and keeps the meat moist.

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Bake at 350° on lowest oven rack 2 hours and 30 minutes, basting slowly with pan juices every 15 to 20 minutes. Remove ham from oven, and let stand 20 minutes before slicing, basting occasionally with pan juices.

Ratings & Reviews

dianepatrick's Review

November 28, 2013
Easy to make and turned out amazing. The glaze is fantastic and delicious. Used as a side to the Thanksgiving turkey for a big crowd. Id make this again.

KiKiInKentucky's Review

November 22, 2013
Made this for Christmas and couldn't believe how well it turned out for such a simple recipe!

TomandCarol's Review

May 23, 2011
We served the ham at a family gathering on Sunday. A BIG HIT! It will now be our regular Easter Sunday dinner for years to come. Served it with twice baked potatoes and grilled red peppers, asparagus, carrots and zucchini. The only change to the ham was we used Southern Comfort instead of regular bourbon. Yum!

obxgoer's Review

April 25, 2011

BHH1020's Review

January 05, 2014
I prepared this for my family Christmas dinner! A BIG hit! Here is what I changed. I used a Smithfield Fire Glazed Ham with Honey. I did not use the cloves and used Early Times Whiskey with Coke. I did everything else exactly as directed. Amazing flavor - my sister who is a true metric for "wow - that is good" even asked for the recipe! Easy to prepare and the best ham I have ever tasted!