3 Steps for a Perfect Easter Ham

With Easter right around the corner, you're probably trying to decide what to cook for your Easter dinner. If you're intimidated by the thought of cooking your own Easter ham, don't be! In just 3 easy steps you'll have a delicious and beautiful Brown Sugar-Bourbon-Glazed Ham to serve your family.

More from Southern Living
Classic Main Dishes for Easter
Egg-cellent Easter Decorations
Delightful Spring Desserts

Step 1: Score Ham

Preheat oven to 350°. Remove skin from ham, and trim fat to 1/4-inch thickness. Make shallow cuts in fat 3/4 inch apart in a diamond pattern. It adds a decorative edge and also ensures the outer coating of fat crisps to a rich golden brown when baked.

Related Article: Easter Appetizers

Step 2: Spice Ham

Insert 48 cloves in centers of diamonds. Piercing a small hole first with the sharp point of a wooden skewer makes it easy to insert the cloves. Place ham in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

Related Article: Perfect Sides for Your Easter Dinner

Step 3: Glaze Ham

Stir together 1 (16-oz). package light brown sugar, 1 cups spicy brown mustard, 1 cup cola soft drink, 3/4 cup bourbon. Spoon mixture over ham. Bake at 350° on lowest oven rack 2 hours and 30 minutes, basting slowly with pan juices every 15 to 20 minutes. Remove ham from oven, and let stand 20 minutes before slicing, basting occasionally with pan juices.

Article by Mary Allen Perry; Photos by Becky Luigart-Stayner

More from Southern Living
Easter Sunday Lunch Menus
Hot Cross Buns for Easter Weekend
Greek Easter Menu
Subscribe Now! Get 2 Free Preview Issues