Bourbon Chile Glazed Ham by Chef Shaun O’Neale

Cook Time

90 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

30 mins


8 – 10 mins


¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar

2 cups Bourbon

1 cup Brown Sugar

2 canned Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce

2 cups Chicken Stock

2 dried Ancho Chiles

1 dried Arbol Chile

2 dried Guajillo Chiles

2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 Fresh Garlic, roughly chopped

4 cloves Roasted Garlic


2 Shallots, roughly chopped

1 Spiral Cut Ham

Cooking Instructions

Learn how to glaze a ham from MasterChef Season 7 Winner Chef Shaun O’Neale as he presents this delicious, sweet-heat version of Glazed Ham. A brew of bourbon and chiles is reduced into an elegant glaze which is then added to a spiral cut ham as it cooks away on the pellet grill. Impress your holiday guests with this unique ham recipe.

How to Make the Bourbon Chile Glaze

  1. Heat your Pit Boss Pellet grill to 450°F with the heat shield open.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Add the roasted and fresh garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes, until the garlic is browned.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the bourbon.
  5. Return the skillet to medium-high heat, add the vinegar, and cook until the liquid is reduced by one third, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the ancho, guajillo, árbol, and chipotle chiles and the brown sugar, then add the chicken stock and continue to cook until the mixture reduces by two thirds, about 15 minutes.
  7. Strain the reduction through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, then pour it into a small saucepan.
  8. Return to the heat over medium and reduce until the glaze coats the back off a spoon. Taste and add salt if needed.

Note: It is recommended to use Apple Hardwood Pellets with this recipe.

This recipe uses a cast iron skillet. Be sure to view our collection of cast iron cookware for sale.

  1. Heat your Pit Boss Pellet Grill to 350°F with the heat shield closed.
  2. Place the ham in a disposable baking pan and place on the grill.
  3. Use a pastry brush or new paint brush to brush on the glaze, repeat every 10 to 15 minutes until the ham is done (about 1 hour).

Special Tools

  • Deep Cast Iron Skillet
  • Disposable Baking Pan
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Pastry Brush
  • Small Bowl
  • Small saucepan

Bigger. Hotter. Heavier. Tip

For more smoke flavor, buy raw chiles and smoke at 225°F on your Pit Boss until they dehydrate.

Diet Info

  • Flexible Dieting

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