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
- 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!
- 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.)
- 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!