This holiday season you can have normal ham - or you can have Bourbon Honey Baked Ham instead! Sweet and smoky, studded with cloves, and broiled for that delightfully crispy skin, this is one unforgettable main course.
Course Main Course
Keyword bourbon honey baked ham
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 2hours
Resting Time 20minutes
Total Time 2hours30minutes
6poundbone-in, fully cooked half ham
Whole clovesfor studding; optional
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Pour 1 cup of water into the base of a roasting pan, then set the rack on top.
Remove the ham from its packaging and place it, cut side down, on the roasting rack. Score the fat in a diamond pattern, cutting to a depth of about 3/4 of an inch. If desired, stud each “X” intersection with cloves. (The cloves lend a very strong flavor, so skip them if you're not a fan.)
Tent the ham with foil, wrapping it around the edges of the pan to keep the steam in. Bake the ham for 20 minutes.
During that first 20 minute interval, make your bourbon ham glaze. In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, combine honey, brown sugar, bourbon, and butter. Bring the mixture to a boil for about 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
When the first 20 minutes is up, remove the foil from the ham and baste it with some of the glaze. Return the foil tent and bake the ham for a total of 18-20 minutes per pound (approximately 2 hours for a 6-pound ham). Every 20-30 minutes, baste the ham with more glaze, always returning the foil tent to its place.
When the internal temperature of the ham reaches 130 degrees, remove the foil tent, brush the ham with the remaining glaze, and turn the oven to high broil. Broil for 3-5 minutes until the outside glaze caramelizes but is not burnt.
Remove the ham from the oven and check the internal temperature, removing it when it reaches between 135-140 degrees (the temp will continue to climb from the residual heat). Return the foil to the ham and allow it to rest for at least 15-20 minutes before carving and serving.
To cook this ham in your slow cooker...
Trim ham if it's too tall to fit in your cooker, then place it in on its side. Pour half of the bourbon glaze over the ham and cook on low for 4-5 hours, until warmed through.
Preheat oven broiler to High. Transfer ham to a roasting pan and brush remaining glaze over it. Broil for 4-5 minutes until browned and caramelized, but not burned.