Recipe for ham with brown sugar-bourbon glaze

Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe

Serves 8

¼ cup bourbon
½ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup water
4 onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
7-pound bone-in cured ham

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1. In a saucepan, combine the bourbon, brown sugar, black pepper, mustard, and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the glaze is reduced to ½ cup; set aside.

2. Set the oven at 325 degrees. In a roasting pan, scatter the onions.

3. Use a sharp knife to score the fat of the ham in a ¾-inch diamond pattern. Set the ham on the onions. Transfer to the oven.

4. After 45 minutes, brush with of the glaze. Continue baking, glazing every 15 minutes, until all the glaze is used. After the final coating, bake 15 minutes more. Total baking time is 1¾ hours.

5. Remove the ham from the oven and rest for 20 minutes. Slice and serve with asparagus and mashed or scalloped potatoes. Reserve 2 slices of ham and the bone for soup. Sydney Oland