Clove-and-Cider-Glazed Ham


For entertaining, TV chef Carla Hall glazes a spiral-cut ham with apple cider, brown sugar, mustard, bourbon and sweet spices.   Slideshow:  More Ham Recipes 

Clove-and-Cider-Glazed Ham
Photo: © Con Poulos
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs


  • One 7- to 8-pound spiral-cut ham

  • 1 cup fresh apple cider

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons bourbon

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • One 3-inch cinnamon stick

  • 6 whole cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the ham in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine all of the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally. Cook over moderately low heat until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 25 minutes. Pour the glaze over the ham, leaving the spices on the meat. Cover tightly with foil. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting every 15 minutes, until heated through. Transfer to a platter.

  3. Strain the pan juices into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced to a glaze, 8 to 10 minutes. Spoon the glaze over the ham; serve.

Make Ahead

The first glaze can be made 2 days ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Rewarm before using.

Suggested Pairing

WINE: Spiced, red-berried medium-bodied red.

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