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Cherry Bourbon Glazed Ham

Get ready to plan a Christmas dinner party around this ham alone! The tart cherries and bourbon work together to bring a slight sour and oaky tartness to the spiral ham, and the glaze has just enough cayenne pepper to deliver a subtle smoky heat.


  • 6-8 lb. bone-in spiral cut ham 
  • 1 (13-oz.) jar cherry preserves
  • 1/2 c. bourbon
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
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  1. Step 1Preheat oven to 325°. Place ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. Cover pan with foil. 
  2. Step 2Bake ham until internal temperature reaches 120° to 130°, about 2 hours. 
  3. Step 3Meanwhile, make glaze: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine preserves, bourbon, honey, cloves, and cayenne. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Glaze will thicken as it cools. 
  4. Step 4After ham reaches at least 120°, remove from oven and remove foil. Brush with about half of the glaze, aiming between all the slices. 
  5. Step 5Place back in oven, uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from oven once more and brush with remaining glaze all over top and between slices again. 
  6. Step 6Place back in oven and continue to cook until ham reaches an internal temperature of 145°, 15 to 20 minutes more. Let ham cool for 10 minutes before carving.