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Brown Sugar Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham

By: The National Pork Board
Updated December 30, 2022
Brown Sugar Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham
Brown Sugar Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham
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IIf two things ever belonged together, it's honey and bourbon. This honey bourbon glazed ham recipe embraces a classic southern flavor combination to the max with this Brown Sugar Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham. A brown sugar, honey, bourbon, Dijon mustard, and apple cider glaze, makes this slow cooker honey baked ham completely unforgettable. If bourbon's not your thing, don't worry! It is easily replaceable by substituting a diluted vanilla extract mixture, and is just as mouth-watering and delicious. Serve this brown sugar bourbon glazed ham recipe on any special occasion. This a beautiful dish that will bring you and your guests some southern comfort. 

Makes12 Servings

Preparation Time10 min

Slow Cooker Time LOW8 hr


  • 1 (5 1/2-pound) bone-in, fully-cooked ham
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Kentucky bourbon*
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Place the ham in a large slow cooker.

  2. Whisk the cider with the brown sugar, bourbon, honey, and mustard. Slowly pour over the ham.

  3. Scatter the thyme sprigs into the slow cooker.

  4. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours, until very tender.

  5. Remove ham to rest on a cutting board.

  6. Pass the remaining cooking liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly reduced.

  7. Cut the ham into chunks or slices, and brush the cut pieces with the cooking liquid before arranging on a platter.

  8. Serve warm or room temperature.

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Does this recipe use apple cider or apple cider vinegar? Often, I come across recipes that say apple cider but mean the vinegar. I just want to clarify before I go making the wrong dish. I love the combination of the bourbon and brown sugar. I think it is going to taste amazing!

Hi SissieSass, this recipe uses apple cider. Since apple cider is out of season now, apple juice would be a fine substitute. - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes


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