Finished Ham

Low Carb Bourbon Glazed Ham

Ham, the quintessential holiday meal. Easy to make, super good and ultra keto friendly. For the ham this Easter I decided to glaze it with a sweet bourbon glaze.  It turned out really well and it left me with a ton of left over ham!  I already cooked Chicken Cordon Bleu with some of the left over ham and made some keto ham sandwiches as well! I served the ham with some mashed cauliflower and Cheesy Green Bean Casserole.

Low Carb Bourbon Glazed HamHere’s the plated meal!  We even broke out the nice china for the affair!

Ham ShankThis meal starts with the ham.  I prefer to get a ham shank which is often referred to as “Shank Portion Ham”.  Its important to note that it is already cooked so basically we’re heating it up here.

Ham shank in panThe first thing we want to do is to fit check the ham in the roasting pan.

Ham too bigUnfortunately, this one was too big and didn’t fit as is.

trimmed hamI chopped off a small wedge to get it to fit.

Criss-crossed HamNext, I trimmed some of the spare fat and applied a criss-cross pattern with a sharp knife.

Ham in WaterThrow the ham in the pan and add some water to the bottom, then cover and cook for an hour at 325.

Bourbon Ham GlazeWhile the ham is cooking, let’s make the glaze!  Here are all the ingredients.

Sugar and MustardFirst, put the sugar and the mustard into a small mixing bowl.

Prepared GlazeThen add the vinegar and mix.  Then add the bourbon and the mixture should be totally liquid.

Half way done hamHere’s the ham after an hour.  You can see the criss-cross pattern really opened up after cooking!

Using a basting brush apply the glaze to the ham.

Glazed and Covered HamHere’s the basted ham.  Also, I shoved cloves into the crevices of the ham criss-crosses.

Easter Dinner in the OvenHere’s the entire meal in the oven at once!  We’ve got the ham, as well as the cauliflower mashed faux potatoes and the green bean casserole.

Finished HamHere’s the finished ham!

Notching for SlicingNow onto the slicing.  Its actually pretty important how you slice it because it will determine the grain direction.  You want to cut cross grain so the bites will not be stringy.  Basically if its cut with the grain you will end up with really long strings that will get stuck in your teeth and will be tough.  So, to do this, Start by cutting a small wedge on one side so we can stand the ham up.  This is the short side.

Ready for SlicingThen stand the ham up on that wedge as shown.  You will now slice off sections of it down to the bone.

First slicesLike this, slice down till you hit the bone, then turn it on its side and release all of the slices, cutting parallel to the bone.  Then flip it over and do the same thing on the other side.  Continue to do this until you are left with an empty bone.

Second side slicedHere’s the other side, I just kept slicing to the bone.

Sliced HamAnd here’s the resulting plate of ham. A little excessive for just my wife and I but whatever 🙂

Easter Dinner SpreadHere’s the Easter spread!

Extra Ham!And the best part?  A ridiculous amount of left over ham! What do you guys like to do with your left over ham?  Leave your ideas in the comments!

Low Carb Bourbon Glazed Ham
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 12
  • Serving size: 1/12th
  • Calories: 548
  • Fat: 32
  • Carbohydrates: 6
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 50
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  • Ham:
  • 8-12 Lb Bone-in Ham Shank
  • Glaze:
  • 1¼ Cup Splenda
  • 1 tsp. Ground Mustard
  • 1 tsp. Champagne Vinegar
  • 2 Oz. Bourbon
  • Cloves
  1. Trim fat and crisscross the ham
  2. Place in a roasting pan, add an inch or two of water and cook covered for an hour at 325 degrees
  3. Prepare glaze by combining all the glaze ingredients except the cloves
  4. After an hour, drain most of the water
  5. Apply the glaze to the ham and place the cloves inside the crisscross regions
  6. Cook for another hour uncovered
  7. Slice and serve!

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