Baked Honey Bourbon Ham Recipe

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Baked Honey Bourbon Ham Recipe

The Hatfield dinner ham is a delicious 3-pound boneless ham that’s the perfect celebration or holiday ham for a smaller crowd. The best part about this ham is how easy it is to cook and prepare with minimal prep work. It’s really juicy, tender, and super flavorful on its own, however, the honey, orange, and bourbon glaze creates a sweet and citrusy touch you won’t be able to resist.

This ham is the perfect holiday table centerpiece. Mashed potatoes are a great side as they can soak up all that extra glaze on your plate. Irish soda bread can do the same or be slathered with butter. For an over the top appetizer, why not try your hand at baked oysters?

The Honey Bourbon Glaze

My honey bourbon glaze is comprised of fresh-squeezed orange juice, honey, bourbon, dark brown sugar, whole cloves, and a pinch of ginger. It’s sweet and citrusy with subtle bourbon notes. My number one tip would be to not over simmer the glaze. 3-4 minutes is enough to caramelize/melt the brown sugar. As the glaze cools, it will continue to thicken. If you simmer the sauce for too long, it will over caramelize and make basting difficult.

I baste the ham several times throughout the cooking process. Once before adding the ham to the oven, a second time 20 minutes in, a third time at the 45-minute mark, and a fourth time just before carving and serving. This helps to build a nice thick coating and ensures the glaze soaks into the ham as it cooks.

How to Score the Ham

Scoring the ham allows the glaze to further soak into the exterior of the ham. I wouldn’t say this step in mandatory, but it’s easy to do and I think it makes a difference in the final result. As the ham cooks, the cuts will open up, allowing for the glaze and juices to settle in. Aim for just under 1/2-inch deep cuts. Use the end of a sharp knife and carefully cut across the ham. A diagonal crosshatch or diamond pattern works best. It will slightly resemble a turtle shell once cooked.

Ham Cooking Time and Temp

A boneless ham typically takes 15-20 minutes per pound to bake in the oven. The 3 pound Hatfield dinner ham will be done in about 1-1 hour 15 minutes at 325 °F, with some additional time for browning the glaze. Although the ham is fully cooked out of the package, it’s important that the internal temp reaches 140 °F degrees before consuming.

An affordable digital thermometer takes the guesswork out of everything and always makes for consistent results.

Baked Honey Bourbon Ham Recipe

Where to Get Hatfield Ham?

Use the store locator here: to find a grocery store near you. I get my hams at Big Y.

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4.50 from 4 votes

Baked Honey Bourbon Ham Recipe

Servings: 6
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
A simple baked boneless ham with a honey, orange, and bourbon glaze. It’s sweet, citrusy, and perfect for holidays, parties, or celebration meals.


  • 3 pound Hatfield Dinner Ham, netting removed

Honey bourbon glaze

  • 1 orange, juice squeezed
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Preheat oven to 325 °F.
  • Combine all glaze ingredients in a small saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer, whisking occasionally, until sugar is melted, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Score the ham in a diagonal crosshatch pattern. Starting from one end close to the bottom, cut about 1/2 inch into the ham in a diagonal straight line across the ham. Repeat making lines 1″ apart on the entire ham. Rotate the ham and repeat diagonally from one side to the other.
  • Place the ham in a large oven-safe dish or high rimmed metal pan. Fill with 1/2 inch of water and pour 1/4 cup of glaze over the ham. Cover ham/pan with foil, sealing the ham in entirely.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, basting with the glaze at the 20-minute mark. After 45 minutes remove from the oven, baste with glaze, and return uncovered to the oven for 15-20 additional minutes, or until ham reaches internal temp of 140 °F. Baste again in the last 5 minutes.
  • Remove ham from the oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes tented with foil before serving. Baste just before slicing and serving.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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  1. 4 stars
    Cooked my Hatfield ham as the recipe directed and the ham reached a temp of 110 degrees. Let it go another 30 minutes to reach 140. The ham was good but I wonder why it took so long? Was it my side dishes added at the 45 minute mark? Anyway, the ham was delicious and will be our new Christmas Day tradition. -thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Hatfield hams are the best. I am a convert. I made this last Sunday and it was delicious. I enjoyed sandwiches through the week too. This ham is not as salty as other hams. It is a very lean ham and is great in other recipes too.