Honey Baked Ham is a delicious addition to your holiday meal. Hams from places like HoneyBaked Hams are very expensive. Yes, they are very tasty, but you can make one for about one-third of the price if you catch your ham on sale. What is amazing about the HoneyBaked hams is that there isn’t even honey in the crunchy seasoned sugar crust. Guess what? With a blowtorch, and some patience you can make this ham at home.
Blowtorches are not toys, but you can cook with them. If you are going to do this outside, do not do it on a windy day. Do it where the air is still. You can buy a very inexpensive blowtorch at your local hardware store. I purchased mine for about $15. So what do you want to bet that I will be making crème brûlée sometime soon?
Honey Baked Ham like Honeybaked Ham
You can make an amazing honey baked ham at home.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (freshly ground, if possible)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 8 pound bone-in spiral-sliced precooked ham
In a small bowl, combine the sugar, onion powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and paprika. Mix the seasoned sugar mixture well. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil; if you fail to do this, you may have burnt sugar on your pan, and it will take a while to clean off.
Place the ham open meat side down onto the pan. Sprinkle with the seasoned sugar mixture. Press the sugar onto the outside of the ham. You may not use all of the seasoned sugar mixture. With a blowtorch, gently heat the seasoned sugar mixture on the ham. Wave the flame quickly over the sugar—you want the sugar to brown, not burn.
Staying in one area, and moving out from there slowly will make this easier, as you will be heating the sugar in a continual direction. This whole process will take about 15 minutes, so be patient. You can sprinkle more sugar on top of the already browned parts of the ham and make the crust thicker. You can either reheat the ham or serve it cold when you are finished.