Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs
I made this for the first time on Easter and it was wonderful. THe ham was moist and juicy. I don't think I will make ham any other way. I left out the pecans because my family is not crazy about nuts. The recipe comes from Under the Magnolias -- A Tasteful Tour of Athens -- a junior league cookbook in my collection.
- 6 -8 lbs ham
- 1 1⁄2 cups Bourbon
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1⁄2 cup pecan halves
- Score the skin and fat of the ham and rub surface liberally with bourbon. Place in the smallest baking pan that will hold it and pour remaining bourbon over the top. Marinate 2-3 hours, basting every 30 minutes. Pour off excess bourbon and reserve. Bake ham, skin-side up, in 325º oven as directed on label.
- Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in reserved bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar and ground pecans. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Brush glaze over ham several times during baking. Decorate with pecan halves and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer.