Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham

Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people — generosity, togetherness, family, Christian co-option of pagan holidays, buying things on Amazon, etc. But let’s not forget the real meaning of Christmas – HAM!

I’ve expressed my love of apple cider before, and since there’s kind of a southern theme to this year’s Christmas meal, an apple cider and bourbon glazed ham sounded perfect.  This recipe comes to us from Cooking in Stilettos.

Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham

  • ~8 lb fully cooked bone-in ham
  • 2 cups apple cider

Heat the oven to 350ºF.  Place the ham face-down in an aluminum foil-lined roasting pan.  Pour the apple cider over the ham.  Cook for 45 minutes.

Bourbon Cider Glaze

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dijon or honey mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 cup bourbon

Add the cider, sugar, mustard and garlic to a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and add the bourbon, and return to a boil, then simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.

Turn the ham on its side and brush with the glaze.  Continue to cook the ham, applying the glaze every ~15 minutes, until the ham reaches an internal temperature of ~145ºF.

I combined the reduced cider / glaze run-offs / rendered fat from the foil in the bottom of the roasting pan with the rest of the glaze to add a little extra flavor to the remaining glaze.

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