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!

slices of ham on platter with serving fork

Why You’ll Love This Bourbon Glazed Ham

Not only are we excited to share this Bourbon Glazed Ham with you, we have lots of helpful tips and details to make this recipe look and taste it’s best!

However, if you’re ready to dive right into making this spiral sliced ham, scroll down to the recipe card or click the “jump to recipe” button above the first photo.

  • Incredibly Easy To Make: Cooking a ham is really one of the easiest main courses for holidays or just everyday dinners. Since most hams that we buy in the grocery strore are already cooked, it’s just a matter of warming it up and adding a glaze.
  • Affordable: Serving a baked ham to a crowd only costs a couple of dollars per serving.
  • Easy To Serve: Spiral sliced hams are so easy to slice and serve, since it’s already sliced for you. Just run your knife down the bone and the slices fall apart.
  • Addicting Glaze: The bourbon glaze on this ham is one of our favorites. Sweet and smoky flavors combined that caramelize on top of the ham while it bakes.

How To Make This Glazed Ham Recipe

There’s a couple of factors at play here, how big your ham is and what temperature you have your oven set to. Some recipes on the ham package call for a 275 degree oven, but we like to bump it up to 300. As far as timing, a good rule of thumb for warming up ham is 15 minutes per pound.

spiral sliced ham in roasting pan
  • STEP 1 – Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. 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.
  • STEP 2 – Make the glaze by adding brown sugar, bourbon and apple juice to a small saucepan. Heat until the sugar is dissolved and let cool.
spiral sliced ham in roasting pan with glaze being poured over
  • STEP 3 – Pour the glaze over the ham, using a brush if needed to make sure all the ham is coated in between the slices. Return the ham to the oven, uncovered and bake for another 30 minutes. Remove the ham from the oven and turn the temperature up to 400 degrees. Baste the ham again with the juices from the bottom of the pan and place back into the oven for another 15 minutes to caramelize the glaze.
  • STEP 4 – 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.

Can I Use This Bourbon Glaze With Any Type Of 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!

sliced ham being served with a fork and knife

What Can I Make With Leftover Ham?

Leftover ham is a coveted ingredient in our house. Not only do we love making grilled ham and cheese sandwiches but we use leftover ham to make many of our favorite recipes.

How Do You Serve A Spiral Sliced 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.

sliced spiral ham on a white platter with serving fork and parsley

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.

slices of ham on serving platter with serving forks

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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!

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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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