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Bourbon-Apple Glazed Ham Recipe


The perfect centerpiece is as essential to your Easter get-together as dyed eggs and Easter baskets. And with a sweet and savory bourbon-apple glazed ham that’s as delectable as it is impressive, you’ll want to keep this recipe to enjoy at family gatherings all year-round.

Why We Love This Ham Recipe

The versatility and mouthwatering flavor of ham makes it a family-favorite centerpiece for a variety of occasions that pairs well with all your favorite sides. Adding the rich tastes of bourbon and apple with this incredible glaze will take your ham to the next level without adding a lot of time to your prep and is sure to impress everyone at your table.

Tools You’ll Need Before You Start

  • 1 Medium Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • 1 Oven-Safe Roasting Pan with Roasting Rack
  • Basting Brush
  • Meat Thermometer

How to Make Bourbon-Apple Glazed Ham

Everyone loves a mouthwatering ham centerpiece for their Easter meal, but the idea of spending all day in the kitchen can be daunting. That’s why we’re preparing this dish with a 5-lb. Omaha Steaks Duroc Boneless Country Ham. It comes from a heritage breed of pork that’s coveted for its juiciness and flavor and slow-smoked for up to 8 hours, ensuring a rich, savory flavor in every bite. And the best part is the ham meat delivery arrives at your doorstep ready to thaw and serve. And with the addition of our easy and delicious glaze, this is one meal your family and friends will never forget.

1. Ham It Up

Start prepping your Omaha Steaks Duroc Boneless Country Ham by thawing it in the refrigerator for 26 to 28 hours before you’re ready to cook. Once it’s fully thawed, remove the packaging and place your ham on a roasting rack in an oven-safe roasting pan, cut-side down and allow the ham to come up to room temperature on the counter for about 1 hour.

Next, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover your ham with aluminum foil, place it on the center rack, and bake for 1 hour. This downtime will be a great time to start preparing you delicious glaze.

2. Make a Glaze to Amaze

An Omaha Steaks ham is already a juicy, mouthwatering feast for your taste buds, but the rich, sweet, and savory flavor of this glaze will elevate it to an unforgettable masterpiece. Start by bringing a medium-sized saucepan to medium heat and adding your butter and olive oil.

Next, add your shallots and garlic, and sauté for 30 seconds. Then, add your bourbon to the pan and bring it to a boil for about 60 seconds until it’s reduced in volume by 1/3. Whisk in the remaining ingredients until well-incorporated and the jelly has melted, then reduce heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed. Then remove the glaze from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature until it thickens to a glaze-like consistency.

3. Glaze a Trail

Once your ham has baked for 1 hour, remove the foil and cook for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Brush your glaze on the uncovered ham every 8 minutes during this time (a total of 3 times).

Next, carefully broil the ham for about 3 to 5 minutes, until slightly crisp. It’s very important to watch your ham closely during this step to prevent overcooking.

The internal temperature of the ham should be 140 degrees Fahrenheit and the ham should have a nice glaze on the outside. Allow it to rest for about 20 minutes, then slice and serve with the remaining glaze on the side.


Bourbon-Apple Glazed Ham

Take your holiday ham to the next level with this savory and sweet glaze.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 40 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ham
Servings: 15 servings
Author: Chef David Rose


Bourbon-Apple Glaze

  • 1 cup apple jelly
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small shallot, finely minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper



Bourbon-Apple Glaze

  • In a medium sized saucepan, bring to medium heat and add butter and olive oil.
  • Add shallots and garlic, and sauté for 30 seconds. Add bourbon to pan and bring to a boil and reduce in volume by 1/3; about 60 seconds.
  • Add remaining ingredients and whisk until well-incorporated and jelly has melted; about 60 seconds.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Remove glaze from heat and cool to room temperature, cooling until thickened to glaze-like consistency.


  • Thaw Duroc Boneless Country Ham in refrigerator for 26 to 28 hours.
  • Remove ham from packaging and place on a roasting rack in a roaster pan, cut side down. Allow ham to come to room temperature on counter for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, then place on center rack and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Bake 60 minutes, then remove foil.
  • Cook ham for another 30 minutes, uncovered, glazing ham with bourbon-apple glaze once every 8 mins.
  • Carefully broil the ham for about 3 to 5 minutes, until slightly crisp. Watch ham very closely during this final cooking step to prevent overcooking.
  • Internal temperature of ham should be 140 degrees Fahrenheit and ham should be nicely glazed and lacquered. Allow the ham to rest for about 20 mins, then serve with remaining glaze on the side.

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