Jean’s Bourbon-Glazed Ham Recipe

Bourbon-Glazed Ham—from Jean in Human Resources

This glaze pairs perfectly with a smoked ham, and toasted walnuts give it a tasty crunch! Jean has been making this recipe for 20 years. It started as a simple molasses glaze and evolved along the way. It’s so good, she makes it for Thanksgiving and Christmas.


  • 1 cup of bourbon (any brand)
  • ½ cup of apple cider or orange juice
  • ½ cup molasses (dark)
  • ½ cup brown sugar (white can be used, but brown has more depth of flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon of dry mustard
  • ½-1 cup of chopped toasted walnuts
  • One homemade or store-bought smoked ham


  1. Stir and simmer all ingredients (except walnuts) until they’re the consistency of syrup. Be careful not to let the mixture boil over, as it’s not fun to clean!
  2. Once all ingredients are evenly blended with no lumps, turn off the burner and add toasted walnuts. (Note: the glaze can be made the night before and stored in the fridge, as it will have more glaze effect once it cools off and thickens.) 
  3. Use the mixture to glaze a store-bought smoked ham. Follow the package’s baking instructions for temperature, pan type etc. Continue to add more glaze every 20-30 minutes until you are happy with the thickness of the glaze!