Harissa Ham with Chipotle Bourbon Glaze

So everyone- Easter is this weekend! I guess that's mandatory ham day for some, and since I had a ham in my fridge with no plan for it, I figured I'd cook it up! I didn't think I liked ham. I've never made a glazed ham before... In fact, I honestly don't recall ever cooking a ham at all. I thought for Easter, I might try one out and see if I could make a less traditional, less sweet one that I liked. This was a winner! This ham is smoky, spicy, slightly sweet and packed with flavor. Success! I grilled a pineapple to offset some of the heat from the Harissa and Chipotle pepper. The natural sweetness was healthier and tastier to me than the reduced can of juice I've seen in the past. Grilled pineapple is delicious regardless of why it's here, and this was a great combo! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ready-to-eat cooked boneless half Hempler's ham 
  • 1/4 cup Harissa 
  • 1 pineapple 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 

Glaze:

  • 1 chipotle in adobo, chopped small
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/4 cup bourbon 
  • 1/2 cup 100% apple juice (no sugar added)

Hempler's Hams are great! This one was the perfect size to feed my family (even though the kids only ate the very inside where no glaze could touch). The boneless half hams are about 2.5 pounds each. This is a great size for everyday use if you're not feeding an Easter brunch crowd of 12. After this successful baked ham, I think I'll be making more! 

Take your Hempler's Ham out of the fridge half an hour before you need to cook it in order to bring it to room temperature. Preheat your oven to 325 and set the rack in the lower middle. Put the ham in a roasting pan. 

Rub the ham with the Harissa. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for one hour. 

While the ham is baking, peel and core the pineapple. Cut it into 8-10 wedges and coat it in the olive oil. 

Grill the pineapple for 6-8 minutes a side on a hot grill. 

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Add the chipotle, sugar, maple syrup, bourbon and juice in a saucepan. 

Bring the glaze to a boil, then reduce to medium low and cook for 4 minutes or until reduced by half and syrupy-sticky. 

After the ham comes out, increase the oven temperature to 400. Put some of the pineapple wedges around the ham, then pour the glaze over the ham, letting it drip onto the pineapple. Return the pan to the oven and bake uncovered for 20 minutes. 

Slice the ham and serve at once! If there's any leftover meat, it makes an amazing sandwich!