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Honey, Brown Butter, & Bourbon Baked Ham

Honey, Brown Butter, & Bourbon Baked Ham. Do we really need to say anything else to convince you that this recipe should be a staple in your holiday meal? We didn't think so.

This recipe from Roni Proter at Dinner Reinvented calls for a large ham. We'd suggest reducing the size of the ham for a smaller gathering, but then you'd miss out on tasty leftovers. Trust us. You'll want those extra bites.

Yield 20+ servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours & 25 minutes

Ingredients
  • One 18-20 lb bone in-whole or spiral cut smoked ham
  • 1 cup Nature Nate’s pure honey
  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp brown butter (directions to follow)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 strip fresh orange peel


Directions

Preheat the oven to 325°. Place the ham in a large roasting pan and add 1 cup of water. Cover the pan with foil and bake the ham for about 2 hours and 45 minutes, basting occasionally with any accumulated juices, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 120°.

Meanwhile in a sauce pan, melt the butter. Do not whisk, but stir in the pan gently until the butter begins to brown. Remove from heat and add in the bourbon and honey and whisk. Add in the cinnamon stick and simmer for several minutes before turning off the heat and allowing to cool. Discard the cinnamon.

Remove the foil from the ham and brush with the glaze. Roast for 30 minutes, glazing the ham every 10 minutes until the top is browned and caramelized. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.