Bourbon Raisin Sauce for Ham

This sauce is to be served with the maple glazed ham and pineapple pave.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 cups


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 4 whole star anise pods

  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 3 cups apple cider

  • 2 cups raisins

  • 1 cup bourbon

  • 1 pound butter, cut into 1-tablespoon chunks


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion in hot butter until starting to caramelize, 8 to 10 minutes. Add ginger to onion; cook and stir until fragrant and caramelized, 2 to 5 minutes more.

  2. Stir brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, star anise, mustard, cloves, salt, and pepper into onion mixture; cook until brown sugar and cornstarch dissolve. Slowly mix vinegar into brown sugar mixture. Add apple cider, raisins and bourbon; bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and cook until sauce is reduced by half, 15 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Whisk 1 pound butter into sauce, 1 tablespoon at a time, until butter melts and sauce is glossy and thick.

Cook's Note:

When serving, keep the temperature of the sauce under 140 degrees F (60 degrees C), or it will break.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
15g Fat
27g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 25
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 129mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.