Country Ham with Brown Sugar & Bourbon Glaze

country ham with brown sugar and bourbon glaze
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  • 8Servings


  • 1 7 - 8 pound country ham or smoked bone-in ham
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 small sweet onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . Place the ham in a roasting pan. In a large saucepan, bring the broth, onion, sugar, bourbon, thyme, garlic and black and red pepper to a boil; stir until the sugar dissolves. Boil 3 minutes, then pour over the ham. Roast 30 minutes. Baste the ham with the pan juices; tent with foil. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees and roast, basting with the pan juices every hour, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham (not touching bone) registers 145 degrees , about 2 1/2 hours.

Strain the pan juices into a large pitcher and stir in the lemon juice. Slice the ham thinly; serve with the pan juices.