Bourbon Cherry Drunken Ham is a simple ham shank with a ton of flavor. A little sweet, a little tangy, mixed up with a little smoky flavor. This simple holiday ham can be made to please a big crowd or just a small family get together, and can be fully cooked in under 90 minutes!
Hams are great! They are easy to make, require very little cleanup, and easy to feed a crowd. But! They come at a cost! No, really it feels like they are asking for your left arm, right foot, and your first born child! Am I the only one that feels twenty-five plus dollars for a two-pound ham is a little ridiculous? And that is on sale!
So what to do? Splurge and by that spiral ham…every holiday? What if I told you that you can get more for less money? What’s the catch…right? All you have to do is carve it yourself. Yep, that’s all you have to do. Instead of buying a spiral ham at $1.49 per pound by a ham shank for $0.99 per pound. Everyone I have ever bought I have had to slice at one point or another anyways, so why not slice the whole thing.
Some sliced hams come with a glaze mix that is simple and easy to put together. However, making your own is just as simple and easy, and it has fewer preservatives and foreign ingredients. It sounds like a win across the board to me!
The first thing you want to do is take your ham shank and slice it down to the bone and stop once you hit the bone, continue doing this until you get to the end of the shank.
Now take a sauce pan place your bourbon into the saucepan. Once bourbon is in the sauce pan and the bottle is not near the stove feel free to turn on the burner to medium low heat (safety first). You want the bourbon to reduce to half, once that occurs add the cherry juice. If you can’t find cherry juice at the store just take some out of the maraschino cherry jar sitting in your fridge. Now add the brown sugar, at this point stir constantly you don’t want the sugar to burn to the bottom of the pan. As soon as the sugar is completely dissolved add in herbs and spices. Finally, pour over the ham shank!
After 30 minutes up the oven temp, uncover the shank, baste the shank, and cook for another 30 minutes basting every 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to rest for 15 minutes. Then time to serve and enjoy!
Easy, quick, and full of flavor just like a holiday meal should be.
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Bourbon Cherry Drunken Ham Roast
- 1 2.5 lbs ham shank
- 1/2 cup knob creek bourbon any bourbon whiskey will do
- 1/4 cup cherry juice
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground clove
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large roast pan with aluminum foil.
- Remove ham shank from package and slice it just like a spiral ham would be
- In a small pot over medium-low heat warm bourbon, stir and reduce to half the amount you started with
- Once bourbon is reduced add cherry juice
- Add brown sugar and honey to the bourbon and cherry juice. Stir constantly to ensure sugar does not stick to the bottom of your pot.
- Add in onion powder, garlic powder, nutmeg, and clove stir to combine.
- Pour over ham shank. Place ham shank in the oven for 30 minutes covered.
- Adjust oven temperature to 400, uncover ham and allow to cook another 10 minutes until glaze browns slightly
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.