Bourbon Glazed Ham for the Kentucky Derby

May 4, 2012

Kentucky may be known for it's barbecue put this Bourbon glazed ham is a delicious main dish at your derby party.  A homemade sweet and spicy glaze made with Kentucky Bourbon, brown sugar, dry mustard, molasses and more.  This ham can be made up to two days in advance so that you (the host) don't have to stress when guests arrive. Serve your Bourbon glazed ham with freshly made biscuits with Bourbon chocolate pecan pie for dessert.

Bourbon Glazed Ham

Ingredients:

1/2 cup apple juice (preferably fresh unfiltered)
1/4 cup bourbon
1 3/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
1 cup pecans, toasted, cooled, finely ground
1/4 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses
3 tablespoons dry mustard
1 whole bone-in 16- to 18-pound ham
 
Directions:
 
Boil juice and bourbon in small saucepan until reduced to scant 1/3 cup, about 6 minutes. Combine sugar, pecans, molasses, and mustard in bowl. Add bourbon mixture; stir to form thick paste. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover; chill. Bring to room temperature before using.)
 
Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 325°F. Line large roasting pan with heavy-duty foil, leaving overhang on all sides. Trim off skin and all but 1/4 inch fat from ham. Place ham, fat side up, in prepared pan. Roast ham until thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 130°F to 135°F, about 10 minutes per pound or 2 hours 40 minutes for 16-pound ham.
 
Remove ham from oven; increase oven temperature to 425°F. Lightly score fat on ham in diamond pattern. Rub glaze thickly over top and sides of ham. Return ham to oven and roast until glaze is deep brown and bubbling, about 25 minutes. Let ham stand at least 20 minutes and up to 45 minutes. Serve with chutney and spoon bread.

 

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