“This post is sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council. All opinions are my own.”
Looking for a delicious and unique main dish for your holiday dinner? Look no further than this Bourbon and Cinnamon Glazed Ham! Made with brown sugar, bourbon, cinnamon, and a surprising ingredient – yellow mustard – this ham will impress your guests.
I am not the biggest ham eater but I love this ham recipe. Growing up, when I’d eat ham, it always seemed very salty and flavorless. Just salt. Now that I am older, I realize that the flavor of the ham comes from the vendor and the flavor you put into it. Placing sliced pineapples, maraschino cherries, and cloves into the ham is a great option, but this Bourbon and Cinnamon glaze is also a great alternative.
How to make this Bourbon Glazed Ham
Making this baked ham is quite easy.
Step 1: Make the bourbon glaze which includes bourbon, light brown sugar, and cinnamon, in a small saucepan. Placing this on a simmer allows the ingredients to become syrup.
Step 2: Once the syrup has cooled, pour it over the ham and in between the slices as well
Step 3: Rub the ham with yellow mustard first. The mustard helps the brown sugar caramelize and create that gorgeous crust outside the ham.
Step 4: Once you have coated the ham with mustard, you are going to place the ham in a roasting pan and sprinkle it with a little more brown sugar.
Step 5: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 145 Degrees.
Tips for making the best-baked ham
Although making a baked ham doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting, there are some tips for making a really good baked ham:
Choose the right ham: You can choose from two types: fully cooked and partially cooked. If you choose a fully cooked ham, it only needs to be heated through. If you choose a partially cooked ham, it must be cooked until it reaches the required internal temperature of 145 degrees. You can check the temperature by using a meat thermometer.
Score the ham: Before cooking, use a sharp knife to score the ham in a diamond shapes pattern. This helps the glaze penetrate the ham and gives it a beautiful presentation.
Baste the ham: To keep it moist and flavorful, baste it with the glaze every 15-20 minutes while it cooks.
Let it rest: Once the ham is cooked, rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and flavorful ham.
Commonly Asked Questions
I would make the ham the day of your meal, but you can make the bourbon glaze a day ahead. Just place the glaze in an airtight container.
Traditionally, pineapple slices will always work. It creates that sweet and salty combination that we all love. But you can also cover the ham in orange marmalade, cherry preserves, and maple syrup.
Sandwiches are always my go-to. You can make grilled ham and cheese sandwiches to kick things up a notch, Chef Salad, or cut the ham into cubes and add to your or eat as a snack.
Side Dish Recipe Ideas
Here is a list of side dishes that will go along great with your main course:
- Classic Mashed Potatoes
- White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes
- Green Beans and Bacon
- Easy Deviled Eggs
- Homemade Southern Mac and Cheese