Bourbon and Cola Glazed Ham

November 3rd 2021

Jazz up your holiday ham with Fresh Dish Foodie, Whitney. Today she’s showing us how to make a Bourbon and Cola Glazed Ham.

Your ham will be nice and caramelized after applying the glaze every 15 minutes while it cooks.

While the alcohol from the bourbon does cook out of this recipe, you can also replace it with juices. Try apple, pineapple or orange.

Get the full recipe below:


  • 1 (8-pound) spiral-sliced bone-in half ham
  • 3 (12-ounce) cans cola 
  • 1 large orange, cut in half
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 (8-ounce) jar orange marmalade
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp bourbon
  • 1½ tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves


          1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place ham, cut side down, on rack in large roasting pan. Pour 2 cans cola and squeeze juice from orange into pan. Add orange halves and thyme sprigs to pan. Bake ham 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 90°.
          2. Meanwhile, in small saucepot, heat remaining can of cola over medium-low heat 30 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir remaining ingredients into saucepot and simmer 3 minutes, or until brown sugar dissolves; remove from heat.
          3. Remove ham from oven. With sharp knife, lightly score outside of ham, making parallel ½-inch-deep incisions in crosshatch pattern. Brush ham with some of the glaze and return ham to oven. Bake 45 minutes longer or until internal temperature reaches 130°, brushing ham with remaining glaze every 15 minutes. Carefully place ham on serving platter. Cover loosely with foil and let stand 15 minutes before serving. Internal temperature will rise to 140° upon standing.

                                  Bourbon and Cola Glazed Ham

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