Maple Bourbon Glaze

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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, brown sugar 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.

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.

This recipe makes enough 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: 1 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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