Cherry Bourbon-Glazed Ham

Description :

Take ham to new heights with a tangy-sweet glaze made with tart cherry juice, cherry jam, and bourbon. The glaze is both brushed on the ham during baking and broiled with scallions for a sticky, deliciously caramelized accompaniment to the meat.

Ingredient :

  • 1/2 fully cooked bone-in ham (about 7 lbs total; preferably shank end)
  • 1 1/2 c. tart cherry juice
  • 1/2 c. cherry jam
  • 1/2 c. bourbon
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 1 1/2-inch-piece ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 2 bunches scallions
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Direction :

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Place ham, cut side down, on rack set in roasting pan; add 1/4 cup water to pan. Score ham on all sides in diamond pattern, cutting only 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch deep. Cover ham and pan tightly with foil and bake 1 1/2 hours.
  2. In medium saucepan on medium, combine cherry juice, jam, bourbon, star anise, ginger, soy sauce, and peppercorns. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 3/4 cup, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Brush 1/4 cup glaze over ham and bake, uncovered, 15 minutes. Rotate ham in oven and repeat with second 1/4 cup glaze; bake until ham is heated through and internal temperature reaches 140°F, 25 to 30 minutes more.
  4. Heat broiler. On rimmed baking sheet, toss scallions with oil, 1 tablespoon glaze, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Broil until tender and slightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve alongside sliced ham and remaining glaze.

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