Bourbon and molasses are used to glaze this picnic ham that is juicy and perfect for your holiday gathering.
A picnic ham isn’t technically a ham but it is smoked and cured in a way that gives it similar taste to a ham. “Ham” is usually from the back legs of a pig and is not as fatty and does not require as much trimming as a picnic ham. Picnic hams seem like more work, but if you’re willing to carve a little more than you’ll save a few dollars. You’ll end up with chunks instead of thin slices of ham, so take that into consideration if you’re planning on making sandwiches. The picnic ham is pre cooked so you’re heating it up to distribute the glaze and so it is nice and warm for… eating. Yay eating!
Side note, I wonder how many times I’ve typed “yay eating.” Probably not enough.
The glaze, though, is fit for any pork product.
Molasses does not get used often in my kitchen. I usually attempt a holiday molasses cookie, but other than that, I cannot recall a time in which I say “oh yeah, grab some molasses.” Though after using it in this ham glaze, I may find more uses for it. Molasses provides a beautiful dark color and it smells so good.
For the other ingredients? Orange juice offers acidity, brown sugar provides sweetness and bourbon is, well, bourbon! It gives flavor and plays well with the other ingredients.
Bourbon and Molasses Picnic Ham
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- One 2-3 pound picnic ham
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, molasses, orange juice and bourbon together until sugar has dissolved and molasses has distributed evenly.
- Place the ham on a broiling pan or a rack on top of a baking sheet. Score it with a sharp knife by cutting the fat and skin to create diamond shapes on top. This allows the glaze to seep in and flavor the meat.
- Use a basting brush and glaze the meat. Place it in the oven for 20 minutes. Take it out, baste it with more glaze, then put it back in for 20 minutes. Repeat this one more time, baking for 60 minutes total until the picnic ham is heated through. Slice, eat and enjoy!