How to Make Our Outrageous April Fools' Day Ham Keg

Did you fall for our joke? Here's how to recreate it and to trick your friends next.

Did we fool you on Facebook? Here at Food Network, we're known to get creative with party kegs (our flowerpot keg and gumball machine keg are two of our personal faves). We are not at a loss for fun keg ideas — but we know that some ideas are better than others. So even though a deli ham is just the perfect size and shape for a keg (you can even core it like a pineapple!), we knew there was only one day a year we could get away with making one. Feeling like your friends would get a kick out of it too? Here's how you can make one.

What you need:


1 maple-glazed deli ham

One 750-milliliter bottle bourbon

For serving: simple syrup, Angostura bitters, maraschino cherries, cooked bacon strips, orange slices and pineapple flowers


Sharp knife

Pineapple corer

Apple corer

Beverage dispenser spigot

Rocks glasses

What to do:

Shave off the top and bottom of the ham with a sharp knife so it is flat on both ends and can sit upright. Use a pineapple corer to hollow out the center of the ham from top to just above the bottom, making sure not to go through the bottom. Use an apple corer to make a hole near the bottom for the spigot, then screw in the spigot. Pour the bottle of bourbon into the ham keg and let it infuse for 1 to 2 hours.

Set up a bar with the simple syrup, bitters, cherries, bacon, orange slices, pineapple flowers, ice and rocks glasses to make cocktails.

Add 2 teaspoons simple syrup and a couple of dashes of bitters to each glass. Add an ice cube, top with the bourbon and garnish with a cherry, a strip of bacon, an orange slice and a pineapple flower.

Happy April Fools' Day!

Food Network Kitchen’s Ham Keg.

Food Network Kitchen’s Ham Keg.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

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