Cider Bourbon Glazed Ham
Cider Bourbon Glazed Ham

You don’t find much in the way of ham recipes on my blog.  Mainly because it’s not something I like to cook.  I think in all the years Grumpy and I have been together, I’ve baked a ham a total of 3 times.  Three times in 13 years. Every once and awhile though, I will hear in my head Grumpy reminiscing about boiled ham, cabbage, and potatoes with carrots that his mom used to make.  So, I thought I might have that as another meal after we tried this ham recipe out.

This recipe for Cider Bourbon Glazed Ham was found on Cooking in Stilettos – the blog that was my Secret Recipe Club assignment for the month of January.  Aly, the author and cook of all things delicious on her blog is from Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love 🙂  I wonder, do you know there is a Philadelphia NY too?  There sure is!  But it’s not the scene Aly sees every day.  It’s just a small little hokey town between Gouverneur (another small little hokey town) and the “City” of Watertown.  Not that any of that means anything to many of you.  Alas, I’m off topic.

Cider Bourbon Glazed HamI had some homemade cider that Dad had given me when I was home over Christmas and some Jim Beam in the liquor cabinet.  That’s all I needed (besides buying the ham) to make me decide I was going to try this recipe out.  We had ham leftover for scalloped potatoes, and I used the last of it up in homemade bean soup.  Needless to say, we did not let this ham go to waste! I only made one change, and that was I went with maple syrup in place of brown sugar.  Love how the flavors penetrated the ham!

If you haven’t visited Aly’s blog yet, make sure it’s a stop you make!  She has a great variety of delicious recipes on her blog!

Cider Bourbon Glazed Ham
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
  • 4-5 pound bone in ham
  • 2 cups apple cider, divided
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cup bourbon
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line your roasting pan with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.  Place the ham in the roasting pan, cut side down.  Pour 1 cup of the apple cider over the ham and place in the oven.
  3. Let the ham roast in the oven for 45 minutes while you prepare the glaze.
  4. On a stove, in a heavy bottomed saucepan, add the remaining cider, maple syrup, mustard, garlic and stir to combine. Let it come to a boil and then turn off the heat.  Add the bourbon. Return to the heat.
  5. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until it is reduced by half.  When it is reduced, set aside a small amount for serving.
  6. After 45 minutes, remove the ham from the oven and flip the ham so it is resting on its side.  Glaze the ham and return to the oven, continuing to baste about every 15 – 20 minutes until the ham is fully heated through and the glaze has formed a nice coating.
  7. Remove from the oven, let rest for 10 minutes and carve.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Trisha February 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Hi Shelby, I had your blog this month and I just wanted to stop by and say Hi!!! I had a lovely time going through your blog. And btw, that ham looks perfect. Left overs'd be great for sandwiches too!

  2. Pola M February 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    So where do you buy ham? I have a couple of recipes I would like to try using ham, but can't seem to find it at the supermarket…

  3. Pola M February 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    By the way that cooked ham looks delicious!

  4. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos February 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    You did a stellar job with that ham, Shelby 🙂 I had no idea there was a Philly, NY – learn something new every day!

  5. Jess February 5, 2013 at 2:04 am - Reply

    What a great pick! I absolutely love the flavor of cider, and this looks fantastic.

  6. Noelle February 5, 2013 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Seems pretty easy! YUM!

  7. Lisa~~ February 5, 2013 at 3:38 am - Reply

    The flavor of the cider with the ham sounds wonderful, a delicious and easy meal.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Lemon Almond Biscotti.


  8. teresa February 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    i love all the flavors going on in this ham, delicious!

  9. honeyb February 7, 2013 at 4:37 am - Reply

    I love your little off-topic geography lesson. 😉
    My husband is a little picky about his ham and only wants Honeybaked. Whatevs–makes less work for me at Easter and Christmas. 😉

  10. Camilla Mann February 7, 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Love it! I've been married to my Love for almost 13 years also and, well, I've never made a ham at all! So, you've got three on me. But I am tempted by your recipe! Great pick.

  11. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings February 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    yum- what a great glaze…delish!

  12. teaandscones February 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Only THREE!!! Been married 40 years and cooked a ham just about once each of them. That being said I have never glazed a ham and it mite be time to start. Sounds really good.

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