Homemade Honey Baked Ham Recipe

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Homemade Honey Baked Ham Recipe – tender, delicious, juicy ham with a crunchy baked brown sugar honey crust.

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Honey Baked Ham

This ham tastes like a honeybaked ham just like the store – but at home, for less money – and totally delicious!

There are a lot of reasons to make this ham at home. It’s less expensive, it makes your entire kitchen smell amazing, and there’s something special about feeding your family something that’s homemade over the holidays.

Ham is the most universally liked holiday food, you can’t go wrong with it. Serve it with some Parker House rolls, and you’re set for a delicious holiday dinner!

I love this, not just for the meal itself but leftover ham is great for sandwiches, salads, and soups. Be sure to bookmark our Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe and our Cheesy Ham and Mashed Potato Casserole for leftovers!

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do.

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How To Make Honey Baked Ham From Scratch

Don’t be intimidated, you can totally do this!

You can make a HoneyBaked ham just like from the store at home – let’s get cooking!

Be sure to bookmark our Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe for all those delicious ham leftovers!

  • Mix glaze ingredients and simmer.
  • Prep spiral ham on baking rack over roasting pan.
  • Glaze ham.
  • Bake, glazing as ham cooks.
  • Continue to bake and glaze until ham is hot, glaze is thick and golden brown.
  • Let rest before serving.

Tips for Perfect Honey Baked Ham & FAQs

Keep your ham covered. We bake our spiral ham covered in foil to keep the heat in and moving, and keep the ham from drying out.

Pick a quality ham. We use bone-in, high quality hams because starting with a delicious, quality meat makes all the difference – using a tough, salty, and processed tasting ham will give you tough, processed, salty HoneyBaked ham!


How long can spiral ham last?

Homemade HoneyBaked ham can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days.

What temperature to I cook spiral ham to?

Cook spiral ham to 140 degrees internal temperature. Spiral hams come already smoked, so we’re heating the ham all of the way through, and cooking the glaze onto the ham.

How long to bake spiral ham?

Cooking a spiral ham will be about 2 hours.

What temperature do I bake honey baked ham at?

We’re baking spiral ham at 325 degrees Fahrenheit – this will help our ham cook quickly without drying out or cooking the glaze too quickly so that it burns.

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What to Serve With Honey Baked Ham

We love serving holiday ham with Brown Butter Bacon Baked Brussels Sprouts, The Best Yeast Rolls, Crispy Roasted Potatoes, Cherry Danish Cheesecake Bars, Traditional French Vin Chaud (Mulled Wine), Mulled Citrus Cider and The Best Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan Asparagus!

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Homemade Honey Baked Ham Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Homemade Honey Baked Ham Recipe - tender, delicious, juicy ham with a crunchy baked brown sugar honey crust.


  • 1 half spiral cut ham, (7-8 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon aleppo or cayenne pepper, optional* (for a sweet heat, if you prefer a bit of a kick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a roasting pan with foil (optional, but makes cleanup much easier), and place roasting rack inside.
  3. Remove spiral ham from packaging, remove any wrapping material, and pat dry.
  4. In a medium sized pan, mix together butter and honey, melting on medium heat, whisking until melted and well combined.
  5. Pour over ham, making sure to get all over and brush into crevaces and ridges. Cover ham with foil.
  6. Bake in oven for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, until your ham reaches 140 degrees internal temperature (be sure to not hit the bone of your spiral ham when measuring temperature.)
  7. Remove from oven, remove foil, and set aside. Drain off any fat or drippings from ham, and set aside for glaze.
  8. Set oven temperature to 450 and let preheat.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and spices. Set half in a bowl to use as a run over the ham, and place half in a small pot to heat on the stove as a glaze.
  10. Sprinkle half of the sugar and spice mixture - the half to be used as a rub- carefully to prevent burning your hands, over ham, making sure it is evenly coated in sugar and spice rub, and return to oven.
  11. Bake additional 5-8 minutes, until bubbly and hot. You can broil if you like, but we prefer baking. Bake until glaze is golden, ham is fully cooked so this is just to get your ideal amount of crunch!
  12. In small pot, whisk together sugar, spices, and ham drippings or fat (if your ham didn't give off enough drippings or liquid, add 2-4 tbsp butter), and melt, stirring frequently to mix.
  13. Let glaze thicken and reduce by half. Remove from heat and serve with ham.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 193Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 24mgSodium 276mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 0gSugar 34gProtein 6g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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  1. Thanks for this, I like to do my own ham too. I use pineapple juice instead of honey, I find the honey too sweet, I am going to try your spices. I do it in a roaster on the table, comes out nice & juicy, & so yummy. Love your recipes, Gail Wilson.