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Bourbon and Honey Glazed Kurobuta Ham

  • 2 1/2 hours
  • 8 Servings
  • oven
  • beginner

Ham makes a beautiful and elegant centerpiece for any holiday meal. Be prepared though, the aroma of this lightly smoked, deeply flavorful Kurobuta ham, slathered in a honey-sweet, bourbon-infused glaze might bring your dinner guests to the table before you even get it out of the oven.


  • Bourbon and Honey Glazed Kurobuta Ham

    • 1 Kurobuta Small Half Bone-In Ham (about 6 lbs) Buy Now +
    • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
    • 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons bourbon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard


Bourbon and Honey Glazed Kurobuta Ham

  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 325°F.

    1 minute
  • Using a sharp knife, score surface of ham with 1/2-inch deep cuts in a 1-inch diamond pattern.

    10 minutes
  • Place the ham in a large, rimmed baking pan, cover tightly with foil and bake until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham registers 130 degrees F, about 1 hour, 30 minutes (about 15 minutes per pound).

    1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey, marmalade and 1 cup bourbon.

    5 minutes
  • Bring to boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has thickened slightly, about 5 to 7 minutes. (To test, drop a small spoonful on a small clean plate. Let sit for a couple of minutes to cool. If you can run your finger in the glaze and leave a clear trail behind, it’s adequately thickened.)

    5 - 7 minutes
  • Remove the ham from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 475°F. Reserve 1/4 cup of the glaze. Brush the ham all over with half of the remaining glaze.

    5 minutes
  • Bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Brush the ham all over again with the remaining half of the glaze. Bake, uncovered, for another 5 to 10 minutes, until the ham is browned. Remove from the oven.

    15 minutes
  • In a small bowl, stir together the reserved 1/4 cup glaze and remaining 2 tablespoons bourbon. Brush all over the ham. Let stand for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

    25 minutes