Bourbon Glazed Ham

This sweet and savory Bourbon Glazed Ham is a holiday favorite! This classic ham combines a sweet caramelized glaze with the smoky-rich taste of bourbon, making it a guaranteed hit at any gathering.

Plus, with a few simple steps and only a handful of ingredients, you can make this delicious dinner in no time! Sort on oven space? Try this easy to make Crock Pot Ham instead!

spiral sliced ham on a platter with fork

Apple Bourbon Glazed Ham

There’s really nothing difficult about making a baked ham. All there is to do is get it in the oven and make a quick glaze. That’s it – there’s nothing else to it. This Apple Bourbon Glazed Ham is such a show stopping dinner, no one will ever know how easy it is to make.

We like serving this spiral sliced ham for holidays like Christmas and Easter, but also for family parties and Sunday dinners. Leftover ham is perfect for meal prepping during the week or for making our favorite Stove Top Split Pea Soup!

How Long Does It Take To Cook A Ham In The Oven?

There’s a couple of factors at play here, how big your ham is and what temperature you are cooking it at. Some recipes will say to cook a ham at a really low temperature like 275, but we like to keep it at 300 degrees.

A good point of reference is about 15 minutes per pound so this spiral ham took about 2 hours to warm through and get super juicy.

baked spiral ham in a roasting pan

How To Make Apple Bourbon Glazed Ham

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place the ham in a roasting pan along with 1/2 cup of apple juice. Cover the ham with foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Make the glaze by adding brown sugar, bourbon and apple juice to a small saucepan. Heat until the sugar is dissolved and let cool.
  4. Remove the ham from the oven and pour the glaze over all sides of the ham. Return the ham to the oven, uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. Turn the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the ham from the oven and baste all over with the juices from the bottom of the pan. Bake for another 15 minutes until the glaze caramelizes.
  6. Cover the ham loosely with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before serving.
Spiral sliced ham with brown sugar bourbon glaze

Can I Use This Bourbon Glaze With A Bone-In, Unsliced Ham?

Of course! Swap out a bone in regular ham if that’s what you have and just use this glaze recipe. For cooking times you can refer to our Brown Butter Baked Ham recipe.

For the bourbon, you can use apple bourbon, regular bourbon or swap out your favorite whiskey instead. Apple whiskey is a favorite of ours to drink and cook with!

How Long Can I Keep This Ham In The Fridge?

Leftover ham is a coveted ingredient in our house. We love making ham sandwiches and lots of other leftover ham recipes. Keep this leftover Apple Bourbon Glazed Ham covered in your refrigerator for up to 4 days.

After that we recommend freezing any leftover ham, which you can then keep for 3-4 months.

Bourbon glazed spiral ham in roasting pan

How Do You Serve A Spiral Ham?

Since a spiral ham is already sliced for you, it’s really just a matter of removing it from the bone. Cut horizontally along the ham slices on the top of the ham bone to remove the slices on top. Then repeat cutting all around the ham bone to remove the ham slices.

Place the slices of ham on a platter and spoon the juices from the roasting pan over the top.

Spiral sliced ham glazed with brown sugar bourbon glaze

Side Dishes To Serve With Ham

There are so many delicious side dish recipes that go perfectly with ham! From fluffy mashed potatoes to sweet, roasted vegetables, we’ve got a side dish here (or two!) for everyone!

sliced ham on a platter being served

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Spiral sliced ham with brown sugar bourbon glaze

Bourbon Glazed Ham

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

This sweet & savory Bourbon Glazed Ham will look stunning on your holiday table! We love serving this ham recipe for family parties and Sunday dinners too!



  • 89 pound bone-in spiral ham (Discard glaze packet if it comes with one)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice

For The Bourbon Glaze:

  • 2 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup bourbon or apple whiskey
  • 1/4 cup apple juice


  1. Place the ham in a roasting pan, flat side down. Pour the apple juice over the ham and then cover the entire ham with foil. Cook at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
  2. While the ham is in the oven, make the glaze by adding the ingredients to a small saucepan. Heat the glaze until the sugar is dissolved and then set aside to cool.
  3. After the 1 1/2 of cooking, take the ham out of the oven and pour the glaze over the ham, using a brush if needed to make sure all the ham is coated. Return the ham to the oven, uncovered and bake for another 30 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat up to 400 degrees. Remove the ham from the oven and baste with glaze and juices in bottom of pan. Cook the ham for another 15 minutes at 400 degrees to caramelize the glaze.
  5. Remove the ham from the oven, baste again and let rest, tented with foil for 15 minutes. Slice the ham and serve on a platter with more of the juices from the pan.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: ham recipe, bourbon ham, glazed ham, baked ham, spiral sliced ham, brown sugar glaze, bourbon glaze, holiday dinners

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2 Responses
  1. L

    Used an uncut ham that I trimmed excess fat off and precut prior to baking. Had leftover spiced apple cider that I used instead of the juice. Otherwise made as written. Family said it was the best ham ever. Only used about half the brown sugar glaze and am saving for a future pork loin or turkey breast. Excellent!

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