Recipe: Sticky Clove Bourbon Ham

Recipe: Sticky Clove Bourbon Ham

Prep: 5 mins

Cook: 45 mins

1 x 3kg (7lb) cooked ham on the bone, cooled

about 20 whole cloves

4 tbsp orange marmalade

4 tbsp honey

4 tbsp Dijon mustard

100ml bourbon


Glazed ham studded with cloves is a traditional favourite recipe. The addition of bourbon to the classic Christmas ham adds another level of flavour. It's a great dish to cook at any time, so why wait for Christmas? It tastes just as good cold for lunch and is ideal for a picnic or a big party.

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C/325 degrees Farenheit/gas 3.

Cut the rind off the cooked ham, leaving hte fat, and place the ham in a roasting tin. With a sharp knife, score the fat in a diamond pattern, taking care not to cut through to the meat, and stick a clove into the centre of each diamond.

In a bowl, mix the marmalade, honey, mustard and bourbon together and, using a pastry brush or palette knife, spread the ham with a third of the glaze. Bake for 15 minutes, then take the ham out of the oven and spread with another third of the glaze. Reutrn the ham to the oven for another 15 minutes, then spread with the remaining glaze and return to the oven for a final 15 minutes.

Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing.


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