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Maple Bourbon Pecan Glazed Ham
Maple Bourbon Pecan Glazed Ham is a perfect main course for Easter, Christmas, or any special occasion. It is moist and smoky inside with a caramelized glaze on the outside for a bit of sweetness and a little pecan crunch to be just a little extra.
- 1 spiral sliced smoked ham (7 - 10 pounds)
- 3 tablespoons bourbon
- 2 cups pecans chopped
- 2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons butter (I prefer salted butter)
Prepare the Glaze When the Timer has 15 Minutes Left
In a small pot on the stove over medium heat, combine butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, and pecans and bring to a boil.
Let the mixture boil gently for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring frequently so that the sugars do not burn.
Reduce the heat and simmer for about 6 - 8 minutes, then remove from heat.
Pour Glaze over the Ham & Finish Baking
When the timer goes off, remove ham from the oven.
Pour the warm glaze evenly over the top of the ham.
Return the ham to the oven for an additional 30 minutes to finish baking and to let the glaze soak in. (Ham is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.)
Remove the ham from the oven and let cool for 5 - 10 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
You can use honey or maple syrup - they are two totally different flavors but they are both equally delicious.
🥫 Storage/Shelf Life/Reheating
Once cooled, store leftover ham in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Alternatively, you can freeze it. I like to remove the ham from the bone before freezing and freeze the bone separately, that way it is ready to throw in the broth for white beans, red beans, or black-eyed peas.
If you want to use a bone-in, pre-sliced, pre-cooked ham (these are the easiest to find in the store - you should plan on a little less than a pound of ham per person, plus a little extra for leftovers. (I like to use leftover ham to make White Beans and Ham, a Ham & Gruyere Frittata, Hoppin' John, or Red Beans and Rice.) An average-sized 8 - 10 pound ham should feed 9 - 10 people.
🙋♀️ Frequently Asked Questions
- When baking ham, cover it with foil to heat fully, then bake uncovered once coated in glaze.
- Always get a bigger ham than you think you need - just be sure it fits in your oven. Leftover ham is so versatile!
How long does a ham take to cook?
A pre-cooked/spiral/smoked ham takes about 15 minutes per pound to cook.
How much ham do you need per person?
If you want to use a bone-in, pre-sliced, pre-cooked ham (these are the easiest to find in the store - you should plan on a little less than a pound of ham per person, plus a little extra for leftovers. An average-sized 8 - 10 pound ham should feed 9 - 10 people.
What internal temperature does ham need to be cooked to?
Pre-cooked ham needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 140/145°F and a raw ham needs to reach 160°F.
How do you bake a ham?
Most of the time when you purchase ham, it has been smoked which means it’s actually already fully cooked. (Be sure to check the package of your ham to make sure that it does say fully cooked.)
An already cooked ham needs to be cooked to 140°F or 145°F - basically just to heat it up - but a ham that has not yet been cooked needs to reach an internal temperature of 160°F.
When cooking ham, you always want to cover the ham in foil and wrap it all away around the edges of your roasting pan. (A 9×13 inch pan works best.)
Remove the foil and pour the bourbon glaze over the ham as it finishes baking.
Serving: 1pound | Calories: 740kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 4462mg | Potassium: 1204mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 5mg