Guinness-Glazed Ham


A simple glaze of dark stout and brown sugar develops a malty, caramel-like bittersweetness in the oven. Irish ham is a bit less salty than American ham and has a thin layer of fat, which absorbs the flavors of the glaze.

Guinness-Glazed Ham Recipe
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
12 to 16


  • 3 cups (24 ounces) stout beer (such as Guinness Draught)

  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

  • 1 (about 6 1/2-pound) Irish ham (such as Donnelly Imported Cured Irish Ham), tied, or hickory-smoked spiral-sliced bone-in half ham (such as Carando), glaze packet discarded


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in lowest position. Stir together beer and brown sugar in a large oven-safe high-sided skillet. Add ham; bring to a boil over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes, turning ham occasionally.

  2. Transfer skillet to preheated oven; roast until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of ham registers 110°F, 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes, turning ham every 20 minutes.

  3. Continue roasting at 350°F, without turning, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of ham registers 145°F, 30 minutes to 1 hour, basting ham with beer mixture in skillet every 10 minutes.

  4. Transfer ham to a serving platter; tent with foil to keep warm. Return beer mixture in skillet to heat over medium; cook, stirring often and skimming fat if needed, until thickened, syrupy, and reduced to about 1 cup, about 5 minutes.

  5. Untie ham; brush with 1/4 cup beer glaze. Serve ham hot alongside remaining 3/4 cup glaze.


Irish ham may be ordered online from If using an 8 1/2-pound spiral-sliced bone-in ham, proceed with step 1 as directed. Tent ham in skillet with aluminum foil; roast at 350°F until the internal temperature registers 110°F, 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours, turning and basting ham every 30 minutes. Remove foil, and place ham on its side in skillet. Proceed with recipe as directed in Steps 3 through 5 (the spiral ham will not be tied, so there is no need to untie it in Step 5).

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