Jack Daniel's Glazed Ham Recipe

Jack Daniels glazed ham recipe

The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
63 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 20mg 100%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 80mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This flavorful and easy-to-make glazed ham is a simple preparation that takes very little work and yet is perfect for the holidays or any other special occasion. A tasty glaze made out of Tennessee's famous Jack Daniel's whiskey, sugar, cloves, orange peel, and allspice coats the ham while it bakes, making an outer crust that is simply delicious. This ham is a great centerpiece for your table and can be accompanied by classic side dishes like roasted Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes or innovative dishes like a beluga lentil salad or wild rice stuffing. It's ideal to feed many with very little effort and the leftovers can be repurposed for sandwiches, wraps, and breakfast casseroles.

This recipe requires a fully cooked ham, so check the cooking level before purchasing because plenty of smoked hams aren't fully cooked and require more time in the oven before they're safe to eat. A fully cooked ham simply needs to reach an internal temperature of 140 F to eat it, whereas a partially cooked ham needs to reach 160 F before consumption. For a 4- to 6-pound smoked ham, this means an approximate cooking time between 1 hour and 20 minutes to 2 full hours. Fully cooked hams can be eaten cold, and deliciously so, but when a glaze is in play they do need to go into the oven. Also, many prefer to eat their meat hot, and heating the ham up also allows you to score the fat and decorate the ham with cloves or to add other spices and sauce mixtures into the skin to make a crust.

We use Jack Daniel's whiskey to celebrate this delicious Southern tradition, but if you're keener to Kentucky bourbon it will work really well, too.


  • 1 (4- to 6-pound) smoked ham half, boneless and fully cooked

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

  • 1/3 cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey

  • 1 tablespoon orange peel, finely grated

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

For Garnishing:

  • 1 head curly endive

  • 10 to 15 orange slices

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Jack Daniels glazed ham
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  2. Preheat oven to 325 F. On a rack in a roasting pan, roast the ham, uncovered, for about 20 minutes per pound or until a meat thermometer reads 140 F when inserted in the thickest part of the ham.

    Ham on rack
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  3. Before the ham is done, bring to a simmer the brown sugar, Jack Daniel's whiskey, orange peel, cloves, and allspice over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.

    Jack Daniel's whiskey in pot
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  4. Brush the glaze over ham about 20 minutes before it's done. Serve the ham garnished with orange slices and the curly endive, if desired.

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  5. Enjoy.

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