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Bourbon Glazed Ham Recipe

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Celebrate the holidays with this Bourbon Glazed Ham! A brown sugar glazed ham with a kick of bourbon that helps elevate the flavor. This bourbon ham takes just 5 ingredients to make.

sliced ham on a platter with greens under it

The bourbon brown sugar glaze is what makes this baked ham stand out from the rest. A bone-in ham that is tossed in a roasting pan and baked for a few hours in the oven.

Give this brown sugar ham recipe a try if you want something different from the classic holiday ham recipe. Or if you want to use your grill try my double smoked ham.

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👩‍🍳Why I Recommend This Recipe

  • 5 simple ingredients
  • Easy Prep
  • Juicy and flavorful meat
  • A gorgeous presentation for holidays
  • Make a simple brown sugar glaze for ham
  • Great leftover
  • Serve for a weeknight dinner, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and more
ingredients for bourbon ham

🧂 Main Ingredients

Ham | I used a bone in ham for this recipe. You could use a spiral ham if you would like.

Brown Sugar | Brown sugar is going to give this ham a nice sweetness without being overpowering. I also add a splash of molasses to make it a richer flavor and color.

Bourbon | Reach for your favorite bourbon to help mix up for this glazed ham.

Mustard | Ground prepared mustard is what I reached for, and it gives the ham a nice little kick of tang.

🍽️ How to Make

Step 1: Take your ham and place in a roasting pan. Take 2 tablespoons of bourbon and brush it all over your ham.

Step 2: Then bake in the oven at 325 degrees for 2 hours.

 a brown sugar glaze in a bowl with spoon

Step 3: Right before the timer is up, you will make your glaze. Start by adding your brown sugar, mustard, molasses, and bourbon to a bowl. Mix until well combined.

Step 4: Remove the ham from the oven and brush the ham with this bourbon brown sugar glaze. Cook for another 30 minutes or until your ham reads 140 degrees internal temperature.

glazed ham in roasting pan

Then remove ham and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice and serve up your ham.

🥬Storing And Freezing Leftovers

To store leftover ham just simply place in an airtight container. Store for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. Use your best judgement in terms of if the ham is good or not.

For freezing leftovers, you simply store in a freezer bag or use a vacuum seal system. Then freeze for up to three months in a freezer bag. Or longer if you use the vacuum-sealed system.

Thaw in the fridge the night before then reheat in the microwave, oven, or skillet on the stove. If you heat in the oven make sure that you cover and add a little water to prevent your ham from drying out.

sliced ham on a platter

Expert Tips

  • You can use a spiral ham or bone in ham. The choice is yours.
  • Buy as small or large of a ham as you would like. Just make sure that you adjust cooking time to fit the size of your ham.
  • You can slow cooker your ham for a few hours then transfer to a roasting pan and then top with glaze and finish cooking in oven for a sticky glaze.
  • This ham is delicious for the holidays as it is gorgeous and flavorful.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice so you get clean cuts.
  • Reach for any of your favorite brands of bourbon.

🥩 Recipe FAQs

How long do you leave a precooked ham in the oven?

At 325 degrees you will cook 10 minutes per pound of ham. You need the internal temperature to reach 140 degrees. So, adjust the cook time to fit the size of your ham.

Do you need to cover a ham in the oven?

You can cover the ham with foil to start cooking, because it will help to prevent the ham from drying out. Then when you apply glaze, keep the aluminum foil off.

How do you make a ham glaze from scratch?

Mix your mustard, brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon together. Then baste your ham and finish cooking in the oven until it is fully cooked.

How do you heat up a precooked ham without drying it out?

Covering your precooked ham with aluminum foil or a lid will help to keep your ham from drying out. Then when you baste with the glaze it helps to lock in moisture as well.

Is boneless or bone in ham better?

Boneless hams are really easy to slice and serve. Whereas, bone-in ham offers a bit more flavor. Just like any bone-in meat you will find the flavor is richer than boneless.

easy baked ham

What To Serve With Ham

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sliced ham on a platter with greens under it

Bourbon Glazed Ham

Yield: 10-15 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Celebrate the holidays with this Bourbon Glazed Ham! A brown sugar glazed ham with a kick of bourbon that helps elevate the flavor. This bourbon ham takes just 5 ingredients to make.


  • 1(8 to 10 pounds) fully cooked, bone-in ham (can use boneless)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon prepared ground mustard
  • ¼ cup bourbon + 2 tablespoons
  • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Then in your roasting pan pour in a cup of water. Now you will place your ham in the pan and baste with 2 tablespoons of bourbon whiskey.
  2. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 2 hours.
  3. Right before ham is done work on making your brown sugar glaze. In a bowl mix the brown sugar, molasses, mustard, and 1/4 cup bourbon.
  4. Baste your ham to coat the whole outside. Put the ham back in the oven uncovered this time.
  5. Cook an additional 30 minutes or until your ham reaches 140 degrees internal temperature.
  6. Remove the bourbon glazed ham from the oven, let sit 5-10 minutes to cool a bit then slice and serve.


Adjust the cooking time depending on how large or small your ham is. Estimate 10 minutes per pound at 325 degrees F.

You can use a spiral or boneless ham replace to the bone-in ham.

Use any brand of bourbon you prefer. It pairs nicely with the ground mustard and brown sugar.

You can use a roasting lid to replace aluminum foil if you have that. It will help to prevent your ham from drying out as it cooks.

This is a great weeknight meal, holiday ham, and more. I enjoy making ham here and there.

You can freeze leftover ham. Just store in a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to three months. Or if you use a vacuum seal system it extends the freezer life longer.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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