Brown Sugar-Bourbon-Glazed Ham

This is the ham that we’ve fixed for Christmas the last few years and will be fixing again this year !


  • 1 (6- to 8-lb.) fully cooked bone-in ham* (we used a 9 lb. ham)
  • 48 whole cloves
  • 1 (16-oz.) package light brown sugar
  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1 cup cola soft drink (we used caffeine-free coca-cola)
  • ¾ cup bourbon (we used Jim Beam Original)


  1. Move the oven rack down to the lowest rack. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take the skin off the ham (we didn’t) and trim the fat down to ¼-inch thickness (we skipped trimming any fat since our ham didn’t look like it had much fat to begin with). Make shallow cuts in the remaining fat that are ¾-inch apart in a diamond pattern.
  2. Take a 13- x 9-inch baking pan out and lightly grease it (we used non-stick cooking spray). Place the ham in the greased baking pan and insert the cloves into the centers of the diamonds on the ham. In a mixing bowl, stir together the brown sugar, spicy brown mustard, soft drink, and bourbon. Spoon the mixture over the ham.
  3. Stick the baking pan into the oven onto the lowest rack and let it cook for 2 hours and 30 minutes, basting the ham with the pan juices every 15 to 20 minutes (we basted every 15 minutes). Take the ham out of the oven and let it stand for 20 minutes before slicing into it, basting the ham once in a while during that time (we didn’t baste at all).

*We couldn’t find a ham that wasn’t already sliced so we ended up with a bone-in spiral-sliced ham.

This is such a scrumptious ham to serve for Christmas ! It’s definitely sweet from the brown sugar and it tastes smoky (we’re not sure if the smokiness comes from the ham or the bourbon, maybe both). The mustard also helps temper the sweetness from the brown sugar. We also loved the caramelization the ham gets by the end of the cook time.

We don’t know where we got this recipe from.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Coca-Cola or Jim Beam.

Take care everybody !

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