Brown Sugar- and Whiskey- Glazed Ham


Be the talk of the holiday table with whiskey-glazed ham. Brown sugar, whiskey, and cola give this mouthwatering centerpiece its juicy-sweet flavor.

Brown-Sugar- and Whiskey-Glazed Ham
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 - 8 6 pound cooked ham, rump half

  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 1 cup cola

  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup bourbon whiskey

  • Lemon slices (optional)

  • Fresh sage (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into center of ham. The thermometer should not touch bone.

  2. Bake for 1-1/2 to 2-1/4 hours or until thermometer registers 140°F.

  3. Meanwhile, for glaze, in a medium saucepan combine brown sugar, cola, dry mustard, vinegar, and pepper. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve brown sugar. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until reduced to about 3/4 cup. Remove from heat; stir in whiskey.

  4. Brush ham with some of the glaze during the last 20 minutes of baking. If desired, garnish with lemon slices and sage. Serve with the remaining glaze.


Low on brown sugar? Use ½ cup honey and ½ cup maple syrup instead. In favor of warm spice flavor? When simmering the glaze, add 2 inches stick cinnamon, 4 whole cloves, and 4 whole allspice; discard spices before glazing. For a nonalcohol version, substitute an equal amount of orange juice or apple juice for the whiskey.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

265 Calories
11g Fat
13g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 860mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 26g
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 441mg 9%
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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