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Holiday Ham

By Jesse Kornbluth
Published: Mar 24, 2016
Category: Food and Wine

This recipe has been a holiday favorite of two wives, which is more than I can always say about myself. It comes from a long-departed friend, Gene Hovis, a dazzling cook and exceptional human who made it all the way from a small town in North Carolina to the Best Dressed List.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a dozen people coming to dinner — you’ll want these leftovers.

One caution: If you buy a pre-sliced ham, no one will be happy.

Prep time: 5 minutes. 6 basic ingredients. Insanely good.

Cooking tip: set the ham in a tin foil pan. Or, better, two. It’s so much easier to dispose of a sticky foil pan than spend fifteen minutes scouring one you value.


serves 10-12

16-18 pound ready-to-eat ham, pre-cooked, with bone in (A smoked ham is okay; an unsmoked ham is better. But do NOT get a spiral-cut ham — the edges will overcook.)
l box dark brown sugar
l/2 cup Gulden’s mustard
l/2 cup bourbon
l/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
l cup honey
2 tablespoons ground cloves

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix ingredients. Pour over ham.

Cook in oven for 2-3 hours.

Baste constantly after first half hour.


To buy “Gene Hovis’s Uptown Downtown Cookbook” from Amazon, click here.