Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
15 min
20 min
1 hr

10 to 12 servings

  • 2/3 cup bourbon or whiskey
  • 1 cup clover honey
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup 100 percent fruit orange marmalade
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 (5-pound) whole bone-in smoked ham, fully cooked, unsliced
  • 1/8 cup whole cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium saucepan, heat bourbon, honey, molasses, and marmalade over low heat for 15 minutes or until reduced by half, stirring occasionally. (When measuring honey and molasses, spray measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray to keep measurements accurate.) Set aside.

With a sharp knife, cut a diamond pattern on the fatty part of the ham. Stud whole cloves in each diamond, at points where lines cross. Spread half of the bourbon glaze over the ham and roast for 30 minutes, uncovered. Baste occasionally with remaining glaze and continue to roast for another 15 minutes. Let ham stand for 20 minutes before slicing.

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    Great tasting glaze. I read all 89 reviews before trying this recipe and listened to the advise of the many persons that tried this recipe. This recipe was a hit with the family. The few persons who had a bad review for this recipe should try it again cause they did something wrong. I didn't even follow the recipe that closely and it came out great!!
    This is without a doubt the best ham glaze recipe I have ever made. I did not have orange marmalade; so I used apricot. I believe it wouldn't have made a difference. Either one would be delicious. The timing on the ham did, however seem insufficient. My ham weighed 5lbs., and after 30 minutes, the temp was only about 115 degrees. It took 50 minutes to get the temperature to 145 degrees, at which point, I took the ham out of the oven to let it rest.
    Great recpe. My whole family just loved it and wats it again very soon.
    So good everyone loved!! Followed recipe exactly.
    This recipe was a big hit at my family christmas last year! I wasn't too sure about this recipe because i always did brown sugar glaze.. but this time there was NO leftovers!!
    I made this over 5 years ago and got rave reviews... after getting so many requests to repeat this I served it again... you guessed it, rave reviews! Both times I have served this I got numerous requests for the recipe. Subtracted one star because I had to cover it to prevent burning, which is not in the recipe, then cook uncovered for a while, so I got confused as to how long to cook. Luckily the ham I bought was fully cooked so I wasn't too worried. Also, I added a 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of the pan, but I'm guessing you don't have to if your pan is appropriately sized for your ham, mine was a little big.
    This glaze was a huge hit with my crew. And believe me when I say they aren't easy to please.
    Oh My Goodness; The glazed is very tasty. I made the ham a day before Christmas and I had to have a slice. The aroma and taste is amazing.
    love this recipe
    I'm not usually a huge fan of ham, but I LOVED this fast and easy glaze - so did everyone in my family! The glaze is also delicious on pork chops!
    my mother is allergic to oranges, so I used apricot preserves, and it was tasty!
    This was the best glaze I have ever had on a ham. My husband had brought a smoked bone in ham home for Christmas eve dinner. We followed the recipe to a t except we cooked it in an electric roaster. We basted the ham about every 15 minutes and when the ham was done after about 45 minutes total....the smell was fabulous! We cut the remaining ham up for leftovers and it made the most delicious ham sandwiches ever. I will use this recipe again.
    Outstanding! Guests raved and raved about this dish. Skin was super tasty! Had a huge Whole Foods ham for Christmas and there was still a ton of glaze leftover. Great for leftovers :)
    I am a member of the Coffee-Mate Brew Crew and I must say this ham looks very tasty, I will show this recipe to my mom and hopefully she could hook some up soon.
    Love this delicious and easy glaze! My brother-in-law loved it so much I'm making it for Christmas dinner at their house!
    I have my own ham as we raise hogs, and my own honey... can't wait to throw this together next week! Will also go with the pineapple juice, great tip! I love recipes using many ingredients I already have on hand, especially ones that use what I grow or raise myself. Nice to see Coffee-Mate here too... check out their Peppermint Mocha cheesecake recipe! I am member of Coffee-Mate's Brew Crew.
    This recipe is wonderful. I used it on a spiral ham. Everyone enjoyed the fabulous flavor it added to the ham.
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    I make this recipe every year for Thanksgiving. Everyone looks forward to it. Just the name alone makes people ask for more. (I always add extra bourbon!) Make sure you baste often and clean the pan right after you take it out of oven or you will regret cleaning off the marmalade.
    moist and tasty
    Easy to make without the hassel! Love it...
    i loved this glaze ... found that if i didnt put the glaze on till half way done the glaze didnt burn ... come on ladies ..use ur heads if ur burning the glaze... i subbed out the orange marmalade with pineapple preserves ...everyone loved it !!!!!!!!!!
    I really wanted this to work. I had my daughter and her coworkers over for a holiday dinner party and decided to make this. I noticed the ladies almost all took one bite and left the rest. I was so disappointed. My daughter confided to me later that the recipe tasted funny. The glaze was a hodge-podge of flavor and too sweet. Also, it took me quite a long time to get the glaze off my roasting pan. Just wanted to warn everyone.
    I made this last year and got rave revuesj. I used Orange Blossom honey, sweeter than clover honey and I used spiral cut ham. The flavor got inside the ham. This is a good resipe. Going to do it again next week. Good luch
    H. Pitt
    I made this several years ago for Easter and it was such a hit that I started making it for every major holiday. So delicious with a sugary honey crust--and so easy on a holiday. Cook up the sauce and throw it into the oven and you'll have a whole holiday to sit around!
    I made this ham for Easter and it was awesome. The ham was juicy and very flavorful. I will certainly make this again. It is a winner.
    really easy to make but it wasnt the greatest. The sauce had a very odd flavor.
    By far the best ham ive ever had. My entire family loved it and there were no leftovers. I am learning to cook and this was the best recipe for anyone to use if your learning how to cook. The instructions are easy and tastes great
    Oh my gosh what a good ham...and I don't even like ham! THE BEST!
    This ham was delicious. Very moist. I did skip the cloves as they were too expensive in my store. I also substituted apricot jam for the orange.
    I would make it again.,
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