This Honey Baked Ham Recipe is the perfect holiday meat. It is sweet and savory and loaded with flavor and easy to make.
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Easy Honey Baked Ham Recipe:
This copycat honey baked ham recipe is perfect for Easter, Christmas or Thanksgiving. The honey glaze gives the perfect sweet and savory flavor. The buttery mixture is brush on the ham to give it the perfect crusty edges.
During the holiday we always cook a ham and this recipe is my go-to. A spiral cut ham is one of my favorites to buy at the store. Making this honey baked ham at home saves me a ton of money. You will be surprised how easy it is to make.
Impress your family and friends this holiday season with this delicious ham recipe. Add your favorite side dishes to complete the meal. You can even use the ham leftovers in many different recipes.
What kind of Ham Should I buy for a Honey Baked ham?
When choosing a ham, you want to choose a high quality ham. Ham are usually cooked in purchased in that grocery store, but you want to look at the label. We like to choose a ham with the bone-in instead of a boneless ham.
We find that the Bone-in ham is more flavorful. Also you can use that ham bone to make a pot of beans. In this recipe, we chose a spiral ham but you buy a ham that fits in your budget.
Some hams maybe loaded with water so I look at the labels closely to get a flavorful ham.
- Spiral Sliced Ham
- Butter (melted)
- Dijon Mustard
- Granulated Sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Nutmeg
- Ground Ginger
- Ground Cloves
How to Make Honey Baked Ham:
- Step 1 – Heat Oven – Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Step 2 – Remove Ham from package – Unwrap the ham and discard any glaze or seasoning packets that came with the ham.
- Step 3 – Place in baking dish – Place the ham flat side down in a roasting pan lined with foil.
- Step 4 – Heat Glaze – In a small saucepan, add the butter, honey, dijon mustard, sugar and seasonings. Heat on low heat and stir until the sugar is just dissolved. There is no need to bring the mixture to a boil.
- Step 5 – Brush on ham – Baste the ham with approximately ⅓ of the mixture. Try to get into the slices of the ham if possible. Add approximately 1 cup of water to the bottom of the roasting pan.
- Step 6 – Cover Ham and bake – Cover the ham loosely with foil. Bake for 2 hours and 40 minutes (20 minutes per pound). Bake until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Step 7 – Baste again – Baste the ham again halfway in the cooking time with approximately ⅓ of the mixture.
- Step 8 – Remove Ham – Remove the ham from the oven and switch the oven to the broil setting. Remove the foil from the ham and baste the ham with the remaining glaze.
- Step 9 – Broil ham – Place the uncovered ham back in the oven. Broil it for a few minutes until the glaze starts to caramelize (watch it closely).
- Step 10 – Serve and Enjoy – Remove from the oven. Let the ham rest for 5 minutes and then it’s ready to slice, serve and enjoy. This ham can be served warm or cold – it’s delicious either way.
Do you Have to Cook Ham?
Most hams that you buy at the grocery store are already cooked. The package will indicate whether it is cooked. If you are unsure if it is cooked, ask the meat market.
If the ham indicates that the ham is cooked, then you can enjoy the ham warm or cold.
Easy Honey Baked Ham Glaze Recipe:
The honey baked ham glaze is a must when making a ham. The spices, Dijon mustard and honey gives the ham so much flavor. We like to glaze the ham before baking and then about halfway through the cooking process.
This glaze ingredients can easily be changed to what you prefer. You can change the honey to maple syrup or add in brown sugar.
- Ham – Choose a ham that you prefer. We recommend using a spiral cooked ham.
- Glaze – Toss the glaze packet that comes with the ham and make homemade. Feel free to change the glaze ingredients and season how you prefer. Some additions that I have used is onion powder, garlic powder and paprika.
- Pineapple Juice – I have even pour a can of pineapple juice over the ham. The juices gives the ham so much flavor.
How to Use Ham Leftovers:
We love making recipes with out leftover ham. We always have a lot of holiday ham leftovers. These are some of our favorites to use your leftovers.
- Ham Salad – This Ham Salad Recipe is an old fashion favorite. Leftover ham turns into a delicious salad to serve with crackers or serve as a sandwich.
- Leftover Ham Casserole – Use your leftover and turn it into a casserole. This casserole is loaded with flavor and easy to make.
- Crock Pot Ham and Potato Soup – Turn leftover ham into a rich and creamy soup that is the perfect comfort food.
Do you leave the foil on a Honey Baked Ham?
While cooking the ham, we recommend keeping the foil on the ham. If you decided to broil the ham for a few minutes, then remove the foil. This helps to caramelize the glaze for crispy edges.
- Prepare Ham – Prepare your ham but placing in a roasting dish or rimmed baking sheet. Discard any of the seasoning packets as your will make your own glaze. Be careful as there maybe ham drippings when you remove the ham from the package.
- Glaze – Combine the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and then pour into a saucepan. Heat the honey mixture over medium heat to prepare to pour over the ham. This process takes about 15 minutes to prepare.
- Baste ham – We recommend basting the ham before placing in the oven and then half way through cooking it. Make sure to get the sugar mixture into the slices of the ham for the best flavor.
- Cutting Ham – If you purchase a spiral ham, it maybe already sliced. If not, use a sharp knife to cut the ham.
- Ham in the slow cooker – You can easily cook this ham in the slow cooker for a delicious option. The sweet and smoky flavors really help to flavor the homemade honey baked ham.
How to Make Ahead of Time:
The only thing we usually make ahead of time when preparing this ham, is the sauce. But you can definitely prepare this ham the night before and slice. Then just reheat in the oven or enjoy cold.
How to Store Leftovers:
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can even place your leftovers in the freezer in a zip lock bag. If stored properly it will last about 3 months.
Print Recipe for Honey Baked Ham:
Honey Baked Ham
- 8 pounds Spiral Sliced Ham
- 2 Tablespoons Butter melted
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Unwrap the ham and discard any glaze or seasoning packets that came with the ham.
- Place the ham flat side down in a roasting pan lined with foil.
- In a small saucepan, add the butter, honey, dijon mustard, sugar and seasonings. Heat on low heat and stir until the sugar is just dissolved (you do not need to bring it to a boil).
- Baste the ham with approximately ⅓ of the mixture and try to get into the slices of the ham if possible. Add approximately 1 cup of water to the bottom of the roasting pan.
- Cover the ham loosely with foil. Bake for 2 hours and 40 minutes (20 minutes per pound) until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Baste the ham again halfway in the cooking time with approximately ⅓ of the mixture.
- Remove the ham from the oven and switch the oven to the broil setting. Remove the foil from the ham and baste the ham with the remaining glaze.
- Place the uncovered ham back in the oven and broil it for a few minutes until the glaze starts to caramelize (watch it closely).
- Remove from the oven. Let the ham rest for 5 minutes and then it’s ready to slice, serve and enjoy!
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