This honey baked ham recipe is a copycat of the super popular HoneyBaked Ham Store version. It’s a tender ham baked to perfection and coated in a crispy spiced sugar glaze. The ultimate holiday ham!
When I think of the holidays, I think of honey baked ham. My version costs a fraction of what you would pay if you went to the HoneyBaked Ham Store, but it tastes just as delicious and is actually quite easy to make. Serve your ham with loaded mashed potatoes and glazed carrots for a complete meal.
It’s not a holiday without a honey baked ham. I used to frequent the HoneyBaked Ham Store to get one of their delicious and decadent hams for the major holidays. Then I discovered just how easy it is to make a honey baked ham at home. Now I skip the store and make my own and it gets rave reviews at a fraction of the cost!
How do you make a honey baked ham?
The first step is to drizzle honey over a spiral cut ham and bake it in the oven. After the ham has been heated through, a spiced sugar topping gets slathered over the top and is then broiled to get that signature sugar crunch glaze.
How do you bake a ham?
I put my ham face down in a baking pan, drizzle it with honey, then cover the whole pan with foil. This helps to ensure that the ham won’t dry out in the oven. Bake your ham at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes per pound. The ham is ready when a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham registers 140 degrees F.
After your ham is cooked, it’s time to make the glaze. The glaze is a mixture of sugar, spices, and the drippings from the ham pan. The glaze needs to boil for exactly one minute – do not overcook the glaze or it will completely harden when you put it on your ham. You’ll want to turn your ham so that the spiral cut side is up to make sure the glaze gets into every nook and cranny.
The final step is to broil the glazed ham to get those amazing crispy sugar coated slices like a store bought HoneyBaked Ham. You’ll want to watch carefully to make sure your ham doesn’t start to burn. Be sure to separate the slices after you broil the ham, as the glaze will harden a bit as it cools and you’ll want to be able to cut individual slices.
What do you serve with ham?
I like to serve a variety of festive dishes with my honey baked ham. Some of my favorites include
However you serve your ham, it’s sure to be a huge hit with your family and friends. No one needs to know how easy it was to make!
Honey Baked Ham Recipe
- 8 lb spiral cut ham
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- cooking spray
- fresh herbs for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9" x 13" pan with cooking spray.
- Place the ham cut side down in the pan and pour the honey over the top. Cover the pan with foil.
- Bake for 2 hours or until a thermometer inserted into the ham registers 140 degrees F. Remove the ham from the oven and preheat the broiler.
- Place the sugar, onion powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and smoked paprika in a medium sized pan along with 1/2 cup of drippings from the pan or water.
- Stir to combine the sugar and liquid then bring to a boil. Boil for exactly one minute.
- Pour half the glaze over the ham and place the ham under the broiler. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until glaze starts bubbling.
- Remove the ham from the oven and pour the remaining glaze over the ham. Broil for 1-2 minutes more.
- Remove the ham from the oven and separate the slices. Transfer the ham to a platter and serve, garnished with herbs if desired.