Orange-Bourbon Glaze for Ham


Orange-Bourbon Glaze for Ham

Orange-Bourbon Glaze for Ham

Citrus and Bourbon both lend themselves well to a baked or grilled ham. This glaze will provide a nice lightly crisped, candied surface to your Holiday or Easter ham. This recipe is so simple and easy, it might just become your favorite go-to recipe.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Sauces


  • 2/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup Grenadine you can substitute with pomegranate or cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon powdered cloves
  • Pinch of salt


  • In a medium saucepan, simmer marmalade, bourbon, brown sugar, and grenadine over medium heat.
  • Once the mixture has melted through, add cinnamon, powdered cloves, and salt. Reduce heat to low and let glaze simmer for a couple of minutes until it starts to thicken. The mixture should coat the back of a spoon and have the same consistency as maple syrup.
  • When the mixture has thickened, remove the pot from heat and stir in butter. This will help to “silk” the glaze and add a nice buttery flavor and color to your ham.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes and use, or cover and keep warm until you are ready to baste the ham.
  • This glaze works well on pork tenderloin or kebabs too!


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Keyword ham

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