Skip to Content

Bourbon Glazed Ham

Best oven baked ham with a bourbon glazed ham that’s to die for! Perfect meal for Easter, Christmas, or year round for your family. Whether you amp up your regular 3 ingredient ham glaze recipe or make this brown sugar thick sauce it will be an amazing dinner.

bourbon glazed ham

Looking to cook an oven bourbon baked ham this year with an amazing glaze on top? Well you’ve gotta try this bourbon brown sugar rub that people just can’t stop talking about. A sweet and savory blend with just a few ingredients and over the top delicious with every slice. (post may contain affiliate links present)

Ham with Bourbon Glaze

From tweaking this with a bit of tang using orange juice to sticking with the rich bourbon flavor we love, it’s really all about bold flavors. I mean it is really all about the sauce over the top right? You can use it over our Ninja Foodi ham made in a pressure cooker or baked in the oven as we have here.

For the last few holidays we also have experimented with different methods. Instant Pot ham with a pineapple glaze, and smoked ham that didn’t need much else once it was taken out we just can’t get enough of it.

ham glaze

Bourbon Glazed Ham

BUT if you don’t want to try an out of the box method and just want to use your oven, this is how. This is what you will need and a few questions you might have before you get started:

  • 8-10 lb ham bone in, cooked
  • Brown sugar
  • Bourbon or other liquid
  • 1 tbsp molasses or maple syrup works
  • Ground mustard ground, dry
  • Small bowl for mixing

You can buy it pre-sliced, or do that yourself. Sometimes I slice it slightly before baking but either way works. If you do not it will just take longer to warm all the way to the center. Another option is to use this same glaze after braising pork shank this way.

Is ham cooked?

If you are buying it at a grocery store it is in fact precooked. If it says smoked, that means it is not raw either and safe to eat as is. Most people like it to be warm when served, so this is how to cook it.

Well not really cook, but warm it thru to the inside.

Do you have to glaze a ham?

No, but it sure makes it taste amazing if you do. Another reason, other to add flavor, is to keep it moist. It is best to brush your glaze on 15 – 20 minutes before it’s done to avoid burning.

How do I cook a precooked ham?

We will show you how to bake it in the oven in this post. We also share Instant Pot instructions as well as a smoked too. You can use our glaze on any of these methods if you like.


Bourbon Ham Glaze Brown Sugar

You can use light or dark type of sugar for this one. Adjust the thickness with the liquid but as is will work quite well. The exception is if you are baking a really large one, if so you might want to make 1.5 times what is listed below to coat well.

How long does ham take to cook?

It depends on how large it is but typically about 2-3 hours cook time. You want to warm it until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Use a meat thermometer for this, and remove it from the oven before inserting for an accurate temp.

When should you glaze a ham?

You don’t want to do it too early or the sugars in it will cause it to burn before the inside is as warm as you’d like it to be. Instead, wait until the last 20 minutes or so to brush it on, then let it caramelize on top until YUM. The exception to the rule is if you use a slow cooker like we did to make coca cola ham.

how to cook a honey baked ham

How to carve a ham

Make a perpendicular slice all the way down to the shank side. Go all the way in until you hit the bone. Then cut at a 45 degree angle so you have equally proportioned pieces.

It is best to only cut the pieces that will get eaten at that time. Leave the rest whole if you’re going to have leftovers, it will stay moister that way.

Best side dishes to serve with ham

I mean mashed potatoes are a given and well, kinda’ predictable and plain if you ask me. Think outside of the box on your favorites and make those! Whether you make this or our air fryer ham, we love this cream corn casserole and baked cabbage steaks for all holidays with this Thanksgiving stuffing.


Baked Ham Recipe

Keep in mind that it is generally 15 minutes per pound to cook a ham in the oven perfectly. Slicing a diamond pattern on the top is quite effective. It is best to leave it out to reach room temperature instead of throwing it in right out of the fridge.

  1. Whether you want to know How to Cook a Spiral Ham in the Oven or cut yourself with thicker pieces, I suggest to preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place bone in ham on a rack inside a roasting pan.
  3. Brush top with 2 tbsp of bourbon or liquid of your choice.
  4. Bake for 2 hours, or 15 minutes per pound or so.
  5. In a bowl stir together ingredients for your brown sugar glaze.
  6. Remove pork ham from oven and brush this mixture over the top of your ham.
  7. Return to the oven and bake for another 30 minutes or until it is 140 degrees F internally.
  8. Allow meat to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

When removing, put a piece of aluminum foil over the top to keep warm before slicing. Now what can you make with all of your leftover ham? We make turkey dumplings every single year with this and turkey. With cheese wrapped up in a warm crescent roll, it’s always a hit.

If just reheating slices, pour a bit of pineapple juice over the top to moisten and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

leftover ham recipe

Before you go I want you to sign up for my free newsletter!! You will get all my new recipes emailed to you a few times a week that will help with meal planning for the week.

Want to see a few of my favorite things that I am totally obsessed with?? Take a peek and see how many you might already have…twinsies!

Looking for more easy family recipes and tips? LIKE The Typical Mom Facebook page because we share all our new creations there every single day. And follow me on Pinterest for more inspirations! 😉

***** If you LOVED this recipe give it 5 Stars below and let everyone know what you thought about it. 😉

the typical mom
baked ham
Print Pin
5 from 2 votes

Bourbon Glazed Ham

Best oven baked bourbon glazed ham that's to die for! Perfect meal for Easter, Christmas, or year round for your family.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, cooked, glaze, ham, oven
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 550kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 8-10 lb ham bone in, cooked
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c bourbon or other liquid
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp ground mustard ground, dry


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  • Place ham on a rack inside a roasting pan. Brush top with 2 tbsp of bourbon or liquid of your choice
  • Bake for 2 hours
  • In a bowl stir together brown sugar, molasses, ground mustard and remaining bourbon.
  • Remove ham from oven and brush this mixture over the top of your ham.
  • Return to the oven and bake for another 30 minutes or until it is 140 degrees F internally.
  • Allow meat to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.


Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Glazed Ham
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 550 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 2397mg104%
Potassium 616mg18%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 44g88%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Bourbon Glazed Ham
5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)
Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

My ham came out great and smells good too.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Oh yay!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.