Welcome to the heart of the holidays, where the aroma of a perfectly glazed ham fills the air, promising a feast that’s nothing short of extraordinary. In this recipe blog post, we’ll unlock the secrets to creating a show-stopping Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham that will leave your guests raving. Picture succulent ham, infused with the rich flavors of honey and bourbon, creating a masterpiece that epitomizes the spirit of celebration. This dish is not just about flavors; it’s about creating unforgettable moments, making it perfect for family gatherings, festive dinners, or any occasion where you want to elevate your culinary game.
The Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham isn’t just another recipe; it’s an experience. Imagine the perfect blend of sweetness from honey, depth from brown sugar, and a hint of sophistication from bourbon, all enveloping a tender ham. This dish is a culinary symphony that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Whether you’re hosting a holiday feast, a Sunday family dinner, or a special occasion, this glazed ham is the centerpiece that will take your table to the next level. The simplicity of the ingredients combined with the exquisite flavors makes it a must-try for both novice and seasoned cooks.
- 10 pounds Bone-in Fully Cooked Ham
- 1⁄4 cup Honey
- 1⁄3 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- Preheat your oven: Set the temperature to 325°F.
- Prepare the ham: Place the ham face down on a cooling rack in a roasting pan.
- Create steam: Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the roasting pan, cover the ham with sealed aluminum foil, and steam for the first 20 minutes.
- Make the glaze: Melt 2 tbsp. of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup brown sugar, pour in 1/2 cup bourbon, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup honey and set aside.
- Glaze the ham: After the initial 20 minutes, brush the ham with the prepared glaze every 30 minutes for the next 3 hours.
- Broil the ham: Once the internal temperature reaches 140°F, switch to broil. Apply an extra layer of glaze and broil for a few minutes until caramelized. Watch closely to prevent burning.
- Rest and slice: Allow the ham to rest before slicing. Serve with your favorite sides or in sandwiches.
Expert Tips and Tricks:
- To enhance the flavor, consider marinating the ham in the glaze for a few hours before cooking.
- For a smoky twist, add a dash of smoked paprika or use a smoker instead of the oven.
- Experiment with different types of bourbon for unique flavor profiles.
- Maple Dijon Glaze: Replace honey with maple syrup and add Dijon mustard for a sweet and tangy twist.
- Citrus Zest Infusion: Incorporate orange or lemon zest into the glaze for a refreshing citrus kick.
- Spiced Apple Cider Glaze: Substitute bourbon with spiced apple cider for a warm and comforting flavor.
- Cherry Balsamic Reduction: Introduce balsamic vinegar and fresh cherries for a sweet and savory glaze.
- Pineapple Teriyaki Glaze: Infuse tropical vibes by using pineapple juice and teriyaki sauce.
What to Serve It With:
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
- Cranberry Orange Sauce
- Sautéed Green Beans with Almonds
- Buttery Dinner Rolls
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans
- Bourbon Glazed Carrots
- Cornbread Stuffing
- Pear and Walnut Salad
Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham
Preheat your oven to 325°F.
Place the ham face down on a cooling rack inside a roasting pan. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the roasting pan to create steam. Cover the ham with aluminum foil, ensuring it’s sealed. Steam the ham in the preheated oven for the first 20 minutes.
While the ham is steaming, prepare the glaze. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp. of butter. Add 1/3 cup brown sugar, allowing it to melt and combine with the butter. Pour in 1/2 cup bourbon and let it cook for 2-3 minutes to reduce the alcohol content. Add 1/4 cup honey to the mixture and stir well. Set aside the glaze.
After the first 20 minutes, remove the ham from the oven.
Brush the ham with the prepared glaze, ensuring even coverage. Continue to brush the ham with the glaze every 30 minutes for the next 3 hours. Maintain the oven temperature at 325°F.
Once the internal temperature of the ham reaches around 140°F, remove it from the oven. Switch the oven to broil.
Apply an additional layer of glaze to the ham. Place the ham under the broiler for a few minutes until the glaze caramelizes. Keep a close eye to prevent burning.
Allow the ham to rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve the honey bourbon glazed ham slices with your favorite sides or make delicious sandwiches. Enjoy your festive and flavorful honey bourbon glazed ham!