Pineapple Bourbon Butter Glazed Ham

This pineapple bourbon butter glazed ham is perfect for Easter or any holiday gathering. Slightly sweet and full of smoked ham flavor. 

As I write this post I’m staring at the one and only Jon Hamm. Goodness gracious that man is fine. There is just something about a classy 1960’s gentleman that puts a smile on my face. Now I realize last season he was a bit of a hot mess but all that washed away when I saw his fresh shaven face for the first time this season. What I wouldn’t do to be able to have a run in with Don Draper…or really I would be happy just meeting Jon Hamm. Can anyone get me the hookup? I would totally appreciate it. I could repay you in cookies and cupcakes.

Soooooooooooooo, speaking of Hamm, I made ham. See what I did there? I’m so witty when I try. 

It is at this point of the post I should let you know that I have disliked just about 90% of the ham I have ever consumed in my life. Usually it’s too sweet, salty and just lacks good flavor. I don’t mind a little sweetness but when I pull off giant hunks of brown sugar my teeth start to hurt with out even taking a bite.

This ham has none of the qualities I mentioned above. It’s more smoky than sweet and that is exactly how I like it. If you have never had a true smoked ham you need to rectify this situation this Easter. This ham is the perfect balance between smokiness, sweetness and saltiness. I made the glaze out of pineapple juice, bourbon {woot woot!}, maple syrup, dark brown sugar and just a touch of butter. Trust me, the butter is totally necessary. It takes the glaze from delicious to “Oh my gosh this glaze is totes amazing!” Well, maybe you won’t say that. I have a feeling I’m the only 32 year old woman who walks around talking like that.

However, I can’t take complete credit for making this amazing ham. The ham was cured and smoked by the awesome folks at Jones Dairy Farm. They sent me one to test out and obviously I’m pleased. It has turned my normal ham hating mind into a ham loving mind. And, if you’re like me, you know nothing about carving a bone-in ham. So lucky for us Jones made this handy video to help us both out.

The only downside of this ham is that it takes a couple hours to bake so you have to smell the deliciousness cooking. All. Day. Long.

Pineapple Bourbon Butter Glazed Ham

This pineapple bourbon butter glazed ham is perfect for Easter or any holiday gathering. Slightly sweet and full of smoked ham flavor.

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jones Dairy Farm Hickory Smoked Old Fashioned ham (this ham is not fully cooked)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Unwrap ham and add to a large roasting dish, skin side up.

Bake uncovered until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees, about 18-20 minutes per pound.

About 10 minutes before the ham reaches temperature start making your glaze.

In a large skillet add pineapple juice, bourbon, maple syrup and dark brown sugar. Simmer until the glaze is cooked down by about half. It should be slightly thick. Add in butter and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and set aside while you get the ham out of the oven.

Take ham from the oven, remove skin (it should pull off easily) and score the fat in a criss-cross pattern.

Baste on half the glaze, return to the oven, bake for 15 minutes, re-glaze the ham with remaining glaze and bake for another 15 minutes.

Remove the ham from the oven, let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve ham hot or cold.

Disclosure: I was compensated for my time and recipe for Jones Dairy Farm. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.