Maple Bourbon Glazed Grilled Ham

For a little slice of heaven just use a maple bourbon glaze the next time you're making a grilled ham

A little bourbon, some brown sugar, and a touch of maple syrup elevate this Maple Bourbon Glazed Grilled Ham recipe.

Far too often ham ends up as one of those things people are indifferent to because they’re used to eating it warmed up in the oven or as something that comes in a plastic case from the grocery store.

One of the things that makes ham so unique as an ingredient is how it can take on flavors, without losing sight of itself.

Grilling Ham

To take our maple bourbon glazed ham to the next level we start with a spice rub that has a little sweet and little heat, making crisscross cuts in the ham to help open it up, making sure the spice rub and glaze penetrate deep into the ham.

Crisscross Cuts on ham

Making crisscross cuts lets the spice rub and glaze penetrate deep into the ham

The flavors in the maple bourbon glaze echo the smoked paprika and brown sugar in the spice rub creating a BBQ ham with deeper, more complex flavors and a crisp outside that looks fantastic.

Using indirect heat lets ham pick up a nice grilled flavor, without drying it out. The goal of indirect heat is to have the area where the ham is sitting warm enough to cook it all the way through, without having it so hot that it turns into a briquette.

Maple Bourbon Ham On Grill

Grilling a ham gives it deeper, bolder flavors than roasting it in the oven

On our five burner grill, we set the two far burners to medium-high, the center burner to low, and place the ham over the other two burners that are turned off. A good sign that you have the right temperature is when the fat on the outside of the ham starts to glisten but doesn’t turn runny.

An easy way to keep the glaze warm between coats is to set the saucepan next to the ham. We also prefer using a silicone brush for glazing.

Our Maple Bourbon Glaze is also delicious with other cuts of pork, turkey, and salmon.

Glazing Grilled Ham

Brushing on the glaze

For an amazing meal, try serving this grilled ham recipe with some Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole, Sweet Corn with Anaheim Peppers, and Buttermilk Biscuits.

Maple Bourbon Glazed Grilled Ham Recipe Featured

Maple Bourbon Glazed Grilled Ham

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings


  • 3 to 5 lb ham
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Maple Bourbon Glaze

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


  • Mix the brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt, and pepper together.
  • Using a sharp knife, make a series of crisscross cuts around 1/2 inch deep across the entire ham.
  • Coat the ham in the spice mixture, working it into the cut areas to help the flavors sink into the ham. This can be done a day or two before.
  • Using indirect heat, grill the ham for 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
  • While the ham is cooking, make the glaze by combining the bourbon, maple syrup, and butter in a small saucepan over high heat.
  • Stir the glaze while it comes to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-high and reduce the glaze for 10 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
  • Using a brush apply the glaze to the outside of the ham, turning the ham, so each side is coated. Let the glaze set for 10 to 15 minutes between each coat. The ham should be glazed at least three times with a few minutes of cooking time after the final coat to let the last layer set before taking the ham off the grill.
  • Let the ham rest for a few minutes before serving. When slicing the ham, try and cut it so each slice comes with some of the crispy glaze.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, Grilling, Picnic


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Nutrition Facts
Maple Bourbon Glazed Grilled Ham
Amount Per Serving
Calories 501 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 118mg39%
Sodium 2291mg95%
Potassium 532mg15%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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