Bourbon Marmalade And Ginger Ham

Have you ever cooked meat with jam, marmalade or preserves? It’s one of the most delicious things. I have a recipe I think it’s from the pioneer woman that I love and make a lot. It’s sticky whisky and peach jam chicken thighs. They are sort of the best thing. So when I got my hands on this picnic ham I couldn’t wait to do a take on Donna Hay’s bourbon marmalade glaze. She uses orange marmalade but I have a weakness for apricot marmalade and so I used that. It was fabulous!

Bourbon Marmalade And Ginger Ham

If you are a fan of pork I definitely recommend making this ham. A picnic/city ham is already cooked and literally just needs to be defrosted (best done over a day or two in the refrigerator) and then warmed through. This usually takes a few hours in the oven. But it’s so low fuss and easy which makes it the perfect way to feed many. This makes it preferable to making a turkey for some. No brining required and no need to worry about dry meat. When choosing your picnic or city ham make sure to get one with the bone in which imparts way more flavour to it and bonus you can use the bone in soup after you feast on the meat itself. Try to also get one with little to no additives like water and natural juices – just one that is listed as ham.

Bourbon Marmalade And Ginger Ham

The ham I got was also a whole ham not a spiral one which is pre-cut. Less convenient maybe but the moisture is locked-in in a whole one so no chances of it drying out. My ham also came with the rind already removed so even less effort but if yours comes with the rind on there are instructions below on how to remove it easily.

Bourbon Marmalade And Ginger Ham

Once you have your ham the fun part is finding a glaze for it. So many options out there that give the ham a sweeter more delicious flavor and give the outer edges a beautiful crust so to speak. I reserve some of the glaze (recipe makes enough to reserve) to use on leftover pieces of ham or even one the table for whoever wants to add more to their served pieces. I chose this fabulous glaze because as I said at the outset I am a huge fan of glazes involving jams and marmalades and ofcourse bourbon is a great seller for me too.

Bourbon Marmalade And Ginger Ham

My ham was just over 7 lbs and I cooked mine at 325 ° F. On average at 325 you should allow for approx 15 minutes per Lb/pound, but the best measurement of time is a meat thermometer. After the first 1½ hours of baking you can test the temperature of the ham and gauge how much more time is needed. You want the internal temperature to reach approx 120-140 ° F. When in doubt check the packaging that the ham comes in for exact cooking instructions and temperature it needs to reach but I wanted to share some guidelines in case your ham doesn’t come with any or like me you throw the packaging away or cut it on the directions and can’t read them anymore.

Bourbon Marmalade And Ginger Ham

Overall this is such an approachable recipe to cooking a ham. It really is the easiest thing especially if you are a beginner to hosting crowds and want literally a no fail meat option that is super low fuss - this is the one for you. Your friends and family will rave and then if you have any leftovers you can enjoy them later in soup, refried with eggs, in sandwiches or just like my husband does – snacking on it straight up while standing in front of the fridge.

Bourbon Marmalade And Ginger Ham


  • 1½ Cups of marmalade of choice (I usually go for a classic orange or this one which is apricot- my personal favorite)
  • 2 inch piece of ginger sliced very thinly
  • 1 Clove of garlic grated
  • 2 Cups coconut or brown sugar
  • 2½ Cups water
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup of Bourbon
  • 1 city or picnic Ham rind removed (5-8 pounds)
  • ¼ cup of whole cloves for decorating and flavouring


  1. Preheat oven to 325 ° F and prepare a roasting pan with the bottom lined with a few layers of foil and then fitted with rack big enough for the ham. Fill the pan approx 1 inch deep with cold water and set aside.

  2. Prepare the ham (remove rind by using a sharp knife to score the skin around it before using your fingers to remove and pull/peal away the skin from the ham) by scoring the fat of the ham in a diamond pattern and placing a clove in the centre of each diamond which is for flavour and it looks pretty too but the cuts also allow for the glaze to permeate into ham as well.

  3. Place the ham on the wire rack and tent generously with foil which will keep the ham from drying out.

  4. Place the ham in the oven and leave it alone for 1½ hours.

  5. While the ham is in the oven make the glaze. Add all the ingredients except the bourbon to a small sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking to combine. Cook for 15 minutes or until slightly reduced. Add the bourbon and remove from the heat and let cool completely.

  6. After the 1½ hours is up check the temperature of the ham in the thickest part of the meat, avoiding the bone using a meat thermometer. Remember the ham is fully cooked already, so you are just checking to see if the inner part of the ham is warm yet. If the ham has reached an internal temperature of 120°F, move on to the next step. If not, seal it back up in the foil and put it back into the oven for at least another 30 minutes before checking it again.

  7. Once the ham hits 120°F internally, turn up the oven temperature to 425°F. While the oven is heating, remove the ham from the oven and remove the foil. Use a pastry brush to generously glaze all over the skin of the ham.

  8. Place back in the oven and bake for another ten minutes at that higher temperature.

  9. Then remove it again put the oven on broil, and glaze the ham liberally again and place it back in the oven. Keep a close eye on it though and remove if it begins to smoke. This will give a crisp edge to the skin.

  10. Remove the now-glazed ham from the oven. Cut the slices away from the bone, and serve. Reserve some of the glaze for serving and save the bone and grizzle for soup (freeze it if not making anytime soon). Make sure to glaze the individual slices when storing leftovers which will keep the ham moist and delicious!

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