never order a ham again

baked ham-hAlmost every Thanksgiving my brother-in-law will order a ham from that honey place, but this year I decided I wanted to tackle it on my own…I mean it surely couldn’t be that hard.

First I had to decide if I wanted the it to be sweet, more spicy or fruity.  After discussing it with The Hubby we decided a combo of sweet and spicy would be the way to go so off we went.  Second we had to find the ham…off to the store we went.  After looking at several of the hams piled up we decided on a 9 pound bone-in hickory smoked one.  The name alone sounded yummy so anything I added to it seemed like it was only going to make it better…now it was time to start thinking about the glaze/topping.

I wanted the topping to be something to remember for sure…I wanted it to be sweet, a little spicy with a little kick all in the same bite so the real fun began.  In a small bowl I started to combine brown sugar and the spices and then decided to add in some bourbon & maple for the little extra kick.  Now if you don’t want to use bourbon or don’t have any you can use chicken stock or water but you might want to amp up the spices a bit.  For me the bourbon balanced the brown sugar, maple syrup and spices and as it cooked down it just helped to intensify all the spices…making it so yummy!!

12 servings

Maple Bourbon Baked Ham

A very easy and tender baked ham that is perfect for all your Holiday or family gatherings with a sweet crust everyone is sure to love

15 minPrep Time

1 hr, 30 Cook Time

2 hrTotal Time

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8-10 lb smoked ham
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup bourbon (or brandy) - Can be replaced with chicken stock
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp spicy mustard
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper


Preheat oven to 325
Line a rimmed baking sheet with several layers of foil
Remove ham from wrapping and place into prepared pan
Using a sharp knife, score ham in a cross-hatch pattern with 1/2 inch deep cuts
In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients
Rub 1/2 of the glaze all over ham, getting it into the cuts as much as possible
Bake for 45 minutes
Remove from oven and rub remaining glaze all over ham
Continue baking for an additional 45 minutes, or until ham is browned nicely and heated through
Remove and let sit for 20-30 minutes or until ready to serve


Each serving is 9 WW+ points

Nutritional Info Calories 403 Calories from Fat 73 Total Fat 8.1g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 160mg Sodium 3070mg Potassium 45mg Total Carbohydrates 28.8g Sugars 32.9g Protein 38.0g Vitamin A 1% - Vitamin C 0% - Calcium 2% - Iron 2% Nutrition Grade D

As the ham cooked the topping began to caramelize and penetrate the ham making a perfect little crust while adding tons of flavor…trust me after making this super easy ham I will never order another one again!

Let the ham be a show stopped this Thanksgiving with this super easy but CRAZY delicious maple bourbon baked ham.

Make everyday sparkle – MJ

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