This copycat honey-baked ham recipe is delicious.
Honey baked ham is a juicy spiral-cut ham smothered in a sweet honey glaze. It’s baked until perfectly tender with a sticky sweet glaze!
Spiral ham is great for Easter or Christmas, and it’s also perfect as a Sunday supper.
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Ingredients for Homemade Honey-Baked Ham
You’ll usually find either this homemade honey-baked ham recipe or my favorite brown sugar glazed ham on our holiday table.
Ham: This copycat honey-baked ham recipe starts with a spiral ham which comes already sliced and ready to bake.
Glaze: The glaze is a simple mixture of honey, butter, brown sugar and some add-ins for flavor.
- Swap out the honey with maple syrup for maple glazed ham.
- Add a splash of orange juice or pineapple juice to the glaze if you’d like.
- This recipe calls for a pinch of ground cloves (whole cloves won’t work); you can substitute other warm spices like cinnamon.
How to Cook Honey-Baked Ham
- Place the ham cut side down in a rimmed baking pan and cover with foil. Bake until the ham reaches 135°F per the full recipe below.
- Brush with the glaze mixture and turn the oven up to 425°F to caramelize the glaze. Remove from the oven when the temperature reaches 140°F.
- Rest for about 20 minutes before cutting and serving.
Serve with scalloped potatoes, ambrosia salad, and our favorite sweet potato casserole!
How Long to Cook a Spiral Ham
A spiral ham is usually fully cooked and just needs heating (double check on the package you buy). A lower temperature allows the ham to cook through and become tender and juicy. If the temperature is higher, the edges can dry out before the center is warm.
- A fully cooked spiral ham will take about 13-17 minutes per pound in a 325°F oven.
- If making Crockpot ham an 8-10 pound ham will slow cook for 4-5 hours.
- A partially cooked ham needs longer, about 20 minutes per pound when roasting.
Be sure to check your label to make sure your ham is fully cooked if using the recipe below. Ham should be cooked to an internal temperature of 140° F, and just like pork tenderloin, use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s not over or under! To really make a perfect copycat honey-baked ham at home, I suggest using a thermometer like this one.
Tips for a Juicy Ham
- Don’t overcook the ham, use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.
- Cover with foil for most of the baking time. Once glazed uncover so it can caramelize.
- The glaze should be added toward the end so it doesn’t burn. Broil the ham for a few minutes if desired.
You can buy ham well before you bake it! Check the best-before date on the package, but it’ll often keep in the fridge for a month or more before cooking if it’s sealed! This allows you to watch for coupons or sales.
- You can keep leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. After that, you’ll want to freeze them.
- Can you freeze honey-baked ham copycat? Yes! Cooked cubed or sliced ham will last in the freezer for 2 to 3 months if well sealed.
- Leftover cooked ham is perfect to enjoy in soups, stews, casseroles, and sandwiches!
- Save the leftover ham bone for Ham Bone Soup.
- Find our favorite leftover ham recipes here.
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