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Honey Baked Ham

This Honey Baked Ham is easy and packed with flavor. This is our favorite ham recipe that will have your family begging for more! Skip the expensive price tag of buying a Honey Baked Ham and make it at home! Perfect for Christmas, Easter & Thanksgiving!

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My family LOVES ham, especially my son.

This ham with crackers is his all time favorite lunch!

Simple, easy and delicious.

This Honey Baked Ham is hands down one of our all time favorite ham recipes.

It’s the golden glaze on top that really makes this ham drool worthy.

When we pull this ham out of the oven, you can guarantee that several slices will be “taste tested” before this ham makes its way to the table.

Then after we’ve all had 3 slices more than we should have, we save the leftovers and make something else out of them.

Because we love homemade ham so much, and especially this Honey Baked Ham, anything purchased at the store really disappoints us.

And by us, I really mean me.

I can’t stand the taste of store bought ham.

It’s bland, and has a wonky flavor to me.

However when made right {and with a lot of yummy honey}, then ham transforms from a blah dish to a hold the front door, this is amazing dish.

I really am not kidding about all of us in the kitchen nibbling on this as soon as it’s out of the oven.

This Honey Baked Ham is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter and when we’ve had company over for dinner.

There is no excuse to not enjoy a good ham all year round.

This Honey Baked Ham gets all positive compliments and is now regularly requested when we invite company over for dinner.

This ham is a traditional in the oven ham.

I’ve not tried it in the crock pot.

I’m sure it would be fine in the crock pot as long as you were basting regularly.

However you wont get that yummy flavorful topping that comes from baking and basting it.

My recommendation {just a guess as I’ve not done this} is if you do make this in the crock pot, broil the top for a few seconds to create a crystallized crust on your ham.

If you are looking for a crock pot Ham that is tried and tested, I have a great one for Maple Brown Sugar Ham.

The positive reviews on that ham say it all!

Really this is as close to a Honey Baked Ham as that “store” sells.

It’s SOOO good and ready in an hour and half and will be a hit at your dinner!



Honey Baked Ham

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1 (5 pound) bone in spiral cut ham
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups honey
  • 2/3 cup butter


Preheat oven to 325*F
Line a deep pan with foil that comes up over the edges of pan.
Throw away any seasoning packets that came with ham. You wont need them.
Open ham and place in pan.
With a spiral cut ham, place cloves between the slices - sticking out. Several per slice - spaced out. This will help open up those cuts to for basting and will give it tons of flavor!
In a small pot, on low heat) cook the brown sugar, honey and butter until sugar is dissolved.
Gently brush glaze over ham, and pour remaining on top and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Generously baste ham every 15-20 minutes making sure to get it in between the slices with the honey glaze. After basting brush on a new layer of glaze.
After ham has baked for 1 hour 10 minutes, turn on the broiler and broil your ham for 3 - 5 minutes. Watch CAREFULLY as it can quickly burn if in too long. You are creating a nice crunch top layer that will be absolutely scrumptious!
Remove ham from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.


This can also be made in the crock pot. Cook on LOW for 3 - 5 hours basting every 25 - 30 minutes. Cook time depends on size of ham.


Recipe Adapted from All Recipes



Originally Posted: December 6, 2014

Photos & Text Updated: May 3, 2018

2 thoughts on “Honey Baked Ham

  1. This looks so good! I have an 11.5lb bone in smoked ham roast that I’d like to use with this recipe for Christmas. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Sari! Wow! That is one big ham! You must be feeding a crowd! So I have never personally cooked a ham that size but did a quick look online to see what suggestions I could offer! And it looks like the overall consensus is for a bone in ham, you’ll want to cook it 12 – 18 minutes per pound. Meaning you’ll want to cook your ham for approximately 1 hour 40 minutes – 2 hours 10 minutes. Really you’ll want to watch it for those last 30 minutes and even use a digital thermometer to check the temperature of the meat. Ham should have a MINIMUM internal temperature of 145*F when baking to eat. Anything above that is fine just minimum of 145*F. Hope this helps! Let us know what you think after you try the recipe!

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