Ham with Bourbon-Cherry Glaze

Treat your guests with this ham that’s served with bourbon-cherry glaze – a tasty dinner.

Ham with Bourbon-Cherry Glaze


  • 1 fully cooked bone-in ham shank (12 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, coarsely crushed
  • 30 whole cloves
  • 1 can (12 ounces) cola carbonated beverage
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 6 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 jar (13 ounces) cherry preserves


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Remove skin from ham; trim fat to 1/4-inch thickness. Make shallow cuts in fat 1 inch apart in diamond pattern.
  3. Rub peppercorns over surface of ham; insert cloves in centers of diamonds.
  4. Place ham in pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of ham and does not touch fat or bone.
  5. In small bowl, mix 1 1/4 cups of the cola, 2 tablespoons of the bourbon and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar; pour over ham.
  6. Bake uncovered 2 hours, basting with pan drippings every 15 minutes.
  7. In 1-quart saucepan, mix remaining 1/4 cup cola and remaining 2 tablespoons each bourbon and brown sugar. Add 2/3 cup of the preserves. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes or until glaze is hot and sugar is dissolved. Brush glaze over ham.
  8. Bake for 1 hour 45 minutes longer or until thermometer reads 140 degrees F. Transfer ham to serving platter; cover with foil. Let stand 30 minutes before carving.
  9. Skim fat from drippings in pan. Stir remaining 1/2 cup preserves into drippings with whisk. Transfer mixture to a saucepan. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened.
  10. Serve glaze with ham.

Prep Time 15 min | Total Time 4 hr 30 min | Servings 12

Nutrition Information: Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories 327, Total Fat 11g (Saturated Fat 2g), Sodium 1643mg Total Carbohydrate 30g (Dietary Fiber 0g ), Protein 27g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 0%

Exchanges: 2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Lean Meat; Carbohydrate Choices: 2

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Betty Crocker

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