Maple Bourbon Glaze

The flavors in the bourbon and maple syrup complement each other adding a little sweet and a little heat to this bourbon glaze.

By Mark Hinds  |  Updated April 13, 2021  |  2 Comments 

An easy way to make almost any pork, poultry or salmon recipe taste better is to brush on a little maple bourbon glaze. This glaze recipe adds a nice sheen that makes any dish look like it came from the pages of a fancy cooking magazine.

The flavors in the bourbon and maple syrup complement each other adding a little sweet and a little heat to the glaze. Glazes are one of the easiest ways to add flavor and texture to roasted and grilled dishes.

Maple Bourbon Ingredients
All it takes to make the glaze is a little bourbon, maple syrup, and butter

A couple of tips when using a glaze are to give it some time to set in-between coats.

For our Maple Bourbon Glazed Ham recipe, we recommend letting the glaze set for 10 to 15 minutes between coats; this helps the glaze build up so it can deliver more flavor and have a crisper texture. Sometimes when a glaze is applied all at once, it ends up sticky and goopy, which no one wants.

When we’re glazing something on the grill, we’ll often set the glaze on a cool part of the grill in between coats to keep it warm and easy to work with. We also prefer using a silicone brush for glazing because it applies the glaze evenly and is easy to clean up. 

Grilled Ham Pinterest
The glaze gives the ham a flavorful crust that tastes delicious

This recipe makes enough bourbon maple glaze for a 3 to 5 pound ham or bone-in turkey breast.

Try using this glaze with our Roast Turkey Breast with Maple Bourbon Glaze or Maple Bourbon Glazed Grilled Ham recipes.

Maple Bourbon Glaze Recipe Featured

Maple Bourbon Glaze

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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 serving


  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • Using a small saucepan and high heat melt the butter and stir in the bourbon and maple syrup.
  • Stir the glaze while it comes to boil. Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium-high and let the glaze reduce for 10 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
  • Using a silicon brush, apply the glaze to the outside of whatever you’re glazing. Let the glaze set for 10 to 15 minutes between each coat.
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Calories: 45.63kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.37g | Protein: 0.02g | Fat: 1.89g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 5.02mg | Sodium: 17.18mg | Potassium: 11.25mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 58.31IU | Calcium: 5.45mg

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