Brown Sugar-Bourbon Baked Ham

Prep: 15 min.; Bake: 2 hr., 30 min.; Stand: 20 min. Delicious warm or cold, this Southern Living favorite is the ultimate make-ahead main dish. Basting delivers big flavor and a beautiful glaze with little effort.

Makes 8 to 10 servings

1  (6- to 8-lb.) fully cooked, bone-in ham
48  whole cloves
1  (16-oz.) package light brown sugar
1  C  spicy brown mustard
1  C  cola soft drink
3/4  C  bourbon
Garnish: fresh bay leaves

1. 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. Insert cloves in centers of diamonds. Place ham in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients; spoon mixture over ham. Bake at 350° on lowest oven rack 2 hours and 30 minutes, basting with pan juices every 15 to 20 minutes. Remove ham from oven, and let stand 20 minutes before slicing. Garnish, if desired.

from Southern Living, MARCH 2009

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