Maple-Bourbon Glazed Ham

The sweet and spicy maple-bourbon glaze on this ham makes every slice mouthwatering, and your home smell amazing! It’s our go-to Easter ham, and a family favorite.

Maple-Bourbon Glazed Ham – The sweet and spicy maple-bourbon glaze on this family favorite ham is delicious, and makes your home smell amazing! |

I think everyone has at least one fuzzy memory of helping out in the kitchen as a kid. A couple of mine? Stealing scraps of dough for apple pie to make cinnamon pinwheels. Mashing up meatloaf with my hands and mashed potatoes with all the might behind my scrawny arms. And, my favorite, carefully dotting the Easter ham with spicy scented cloves before smothering it in a sticky glaze. To some it would seem tedious, but to me, it meant I had a small hand in a big holiday meal!

It was a job I took very seriously… obviously.

Maple-Bourbon Glazed Ham – The sweet and spicy maple-bourbon glaze on this family favorite ham is delicious, and makes your home smell amazing! |

Since we only enjoy ham once a year, I like to stick with one method that always produces mouthwatering results. So, say hello to my BEST recipe for preparing your piggy! Or, at least a small portion of one.

The glaze is a perfect mix of sweet and spicy, which compliments the salty ham so nicely. It’s incredibly easy to prepare, bakes up to a beautiful deep amber and best of all, fills your home with an amazing spicy aroma. That’s how you know the holidays are here!

Easter was the first holiday that hubby (then boyfriend-I-wanted-to-impress) and I enjoyed just the two of us. We were cramped up in our cozy Boston apartment with a little oven but a lotta ambition to make a special dinner from scratch! We may have snagged the scalloped potatoes and creamed spinach sides from the store, but the ham? Glazed, golden and made with love.

A pretty good accomplishment for two goofy college kids, I’d say!

Maple-Bourbon Glazed Ham – The sweet and spicy maple-bourbon glaze on this family favorite ham is delicious, and makes your home smell amazing! |

This tender, juicy spiced ham will always conjure up happy Easter memories for me. If you try it and love it, I hope it does for you, too! A medley of Dijon mustard, orange zest, maple syrup and smoky bourbon slathered over top makes this ham absolutely irresistible… and a major family favorite. The whole cloves are just the cherry on top! And they infuse the ham with the most wonderful spicy scent.

As for the leftovers? I love using chopped up ham on top of pizzas and baked into warm quiches, casseroles, soups and sandwiches. It’s great in omelets and frittatas, too!

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Maple-Bourbon Glazed Ham

Yield: Serves 8


1 (3-5 lb.) half ham, precooked and sliced
Whole cloves, optional
1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey
2 Tablespoons bourbon whiskey
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Zest of 1 orange


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Set a small cooling rack over a 13 x 9 inch dish. Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the dish. Place ham, sliced side down (with end facing up), on top of the rack. Pierce ham all over with whole cloves, if desired.

Stir remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Brush half of the mixture all over ham. Loosely cover ham with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Brush remaining mixture all over ham and bake uncovered for an additional 40-45 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees and ham has caramelized. Slice and serve.


Adapted from Just a Pinch


24 Responses to “Maple-Bourbon Glazed Ham”

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    Jules @ WolfItDown — April 14, 2014 @ 3:32 am

    Oh my! Now that’s what I call a treat! Loving the sound of the slightly sweet glaze, and those whole cloves make it look so nice, and I can imagine they give the meat such a lovely flavour.
    I hope you have a great holiday ahead Georgia! x

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — April 14, 2014 @ 4:19 am

    Aww that glaze sounds wonderful! I love the flavor combo and the bourbon addition is simply fantastic. Best glazed ham I’ve ever seen!
    I hope you have a fantastic week! xx

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    whatjessicabakednext — April 14, 2014 @ 4:40 am

    Love baking homemade ham- this sounds divine with the maple glaze!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 14, 2014 @ 5:44 am

    You had me sold at bourbon! Sounds delicious, Georgia. And I think using up the leftovers in all kinds of dishes is the best part!

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    Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies — April 14, 2014 @ 5:50 am

    This Easter ham looks incredible, Georgia! I can almost smell the aroma through the computer screen. The combo of maple, bourbon, and fresh citrus sounds mouth-watering!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 14, 2014 @ 6:07 am

    Ooh! I’m loving the orange and bourbon combo in the maple glaze! I can smell it now. :) I, too, have fond memories of studding our family hams but around Christmastime. Thank you for sharing and have a fabulous week!

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    Joanne Bruno — April 14, 2014 @ 6:30 am

    Those childhood food memories are the best! And somehow make those same foods taste all the more delicious today. What a great ham recipe!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 14, 2014 @ 8:01 am

    The bourbon/maple combination sounds to die for, Georgia! I loved reading about your first holiday spent together just the two of you – so cute.

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — April 14, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    What a delightful glaze on this ham. Two college students did pretty well indeed!

  10. #
    cheri — April 14, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    Your glaze sounds delicious, love the flavor combination. bet your kitchen smelled amazing!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — April 14, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    This looks amazing! Bet the bourbon-maple glaze would be fantastic for the chicken too.

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — April 14, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    Ooohhh, I knew this was coming when I saw the quiche :) This is such a classic image of an Easter ham it just makes me all warm and fuzzy. LOVE the maple bourbon glaze. That definitely brings the warm fuzzies too! Beautiful, Georgia!

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — April 14, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

    I love the memories you shared of you and in the kitchen – there’s no other way to make meatloaf than just getting in there with your hands, right? lol. OK, now on to this insanely gorgeous ham…i’m speechless, these pictures Georgia…they’re SO PERFECT!!! The recipe sounds so good, I might just HAVE to make it for Easter!

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    Angel Reyes — April 14, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    It looks great, and I’m sure it tastes even better! Since I didn’t grow up eating baked ham like this, could you tell me what are some of your favorite side dishes to eat with it?

    • Georgia — April 14th, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

      Thanks, Angel! My favorite side dishes with Easter ham are any variation on asparagus/carrots/green beans, big green salads, and especially scalloped potatoes and creamed spinach. I have recipes for both on here!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — April 14, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

    I don’t think this ham could be any more perfect! The thing I love most about ham is the leftovers :)

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    Liz — April 14, 2014 @ 8:22 pm

    I only make ham once a year, too!!! And yours is the prettiest I’ve seen! Your glaze sounds terrific and you definitely know how to score and place the cloves expertly! Hope you have a wonderful holiday :)

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    Kathy @ Olives & Garlic — April 14, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

    Beautiful ham. Pinning!

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    Pat — April 14, 2014 @ 11:36 pm

    Georgia, that looks wonderfully delicious. It is time for me to do a ham! but there would be a lot of leftovers as it is just the two of us. Your photos are really beautiful.

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    Kitchen Belleicious — April 15, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    absolutely stunning!

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    Gaby — April 15, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    Maple and bourbon sounds like a brilliant combination!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 15, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    Your first Easter together sounds special. Love this gorgeous ham. Seriously, this is the purdiest ham I’ve ever seen.

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — April 16, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

    This ham is absolute perfection! I am in love!

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    Ramona — April 19, 2014 @ 7:19 am

    Baked ham is the perfect meal for Easter… love this bourbon glaze. Have a wonderful Easter. :)

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