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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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Honey Baked Ham

Honey Baked Ham

Honey Baked Ham

Honey Baked Ham


Growing up I had heard of the elusive Honey Baked Ham and yet I had never tried it.

When I was in 7th grade, I decided to become a vegetarian and give up all meat.

Then, realizing that being a vegetarian in the early 90’s was pretty tough, especially since I didn’t buy the groceries.

So I opted to eat meat, but not pork.



Honey Baked Ham



At the time I didn’t like ham and so that seemed like the best decision.

I could eat meat but not pork.  

It was a ridiculous idea and really had no reason for it, other than I was a determined and strong willed person.  

Surprisingly, I stayed pork free from the age of 12 until my early 30’s.  GASP!

It wasn’t until we went to someones house for dinner and they made Pork Tenderloin that I tried my first pork.  



Honey Baked Ham



I didn’t just survive, but I really enjoyed it!  

After that, the entire world changed.

I started making pork again, though in moderation.  

This Honey Baked ham was one of the many recipes we instantly fell in love with.

Ever since first hearing of Honey Baked Ham, I knew I had to try it one day.  



Honey Baked Ham



I was curious what all the hype was about.

I wanted to try the ham that everyone raved about.  

Surprisingly, this ham is SO EASY to make.

My family LOVES ham, especially my son.

This ham with crackers is his all time favorite lunch!

Simple, easy and delicious.



Honey Baked Ham



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

I love that we can make it at home and don’t have to pay the overpriced rates for a store bought version.

What makes a Honey Glazed Ham so good?

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



Honey Baked Ham



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.



Honey Baked Ham



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

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

When made correctly {with a lot of yummy honey}, then ham transforms into one of the best dishes!

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.



Honey Baked Ham



However, 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.



Honey Baked Ham



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.

If you’re looking for an oven ham, then this Honey Baked Ham is for you!



Honey Baked 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!

Guaranteed to be a hit at your dinner!


Yield: 5 pound ham

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


  1. Preheat oven to 325*F
  2. Line a deep pan with foil that comes up over the edges of pan.
  3. Throw away any seasoning packets that came with ham. You wont need them.
  4. Open ham and place in pan.
  5. 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!
  6. In a small pot, on low heat) cook the brown sugar, honey and butter until sugar is dissolved.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.

Nutritional Information is estimated, not exact.

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Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 817 Total Fat: 42.1g Saturated Fat: 18.6g Cholesterol: 153mg Sodium: 2765mg Carbohydrates: 71.7g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 70g Protein: 43.2g

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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