Honey Baked Ham like Honeybaked Ham

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.

honey baked ham on a wood platter

Have you ever wondered how to make Honeybaked Ham? Honestly, these are some of the best-tasting hams you can buy. But you may not live near where you can easily purchase one. And they can be a little pricey.

When you are on a budget, it can be somewhat of a stretch to spend a king’s ransom on just one part of your meal. So, if you have ever wondered how to cook a honey baked ham at home, let me show you how.

About the Honey Baked Ham Co.

In 1957, Harry Hoenselaar opened the first Honey Baked store in Detroit, Michigan. He aimed to produce the best-tasting ham in the world.

He did so by selecting only the highest quality smoked ham-on-the-bone and creating a special curing procedure that brings out a one-of-a-kind taste, which is enhanced by a crunchy sweet glaze.

Today, the Honey Baked Ham Co. is still a family-owned business serving customers at over 400 retail locations in the US as well as online. Read more about the history of HoneyBaked Ham Company.

Special Spiral Slicing

Harry’s spiral-slicing process has been patented and makes his Honey Baked Ham an easy-to-serve centerpiece for holiday dinners.


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Sugar
  • Onion powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg (freshly ground, if possible)
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Paprika
  • Bone-in spiral-sliced precooked ham
ingredients for honey baked ham

How to Make Honey Baked Ham at Home

  1. Combine sugar and spices in a small bowl.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Place the ham open meat side down onto the pan.
  4. Sprinkle the ham with the seasoned sugar mixture. Press the sugar onto the outside of the ham.
  5. With a blowtorch, gently heat the seasoned sugar mixture on the ham until browned.
  6. Serve immediately or warm the ham in the oven prior to serving.

Scroll down to the recipe card below for detailed instructions and video.

Does Ham Need to be Cooked?

Now, one question I have received multiple times is: do you need to cook your ham when making this recipe? The answer is no if you buy a cured ham.

Most hams are already cured and this means they are ready to eat. It’s your personal preference to choose to serve your ham warm or cold.

I personally like to just heat my ham in a 300-degree oven for about 20 to 30 minutes. This will not give you a hot ham, but it takes the refrigerator chill off of it and warms it up to something a bit warmer than room temperature.

Using a Blow Torch

One suggestion I have is to prepare the ham inside your house. It’s often windy outside and you will find that your blow torch will go out all of the time.

I use a blowtorch I got from the Home Depot. It was inexpensive and works great. You can spend money on those gourmet ones but they are three times the price.

My philosophy is why spend extra cash when you don’t have to? You can save so much money when you make honey baked ham from scratch.

Don’t be intimidated by cooking with a blow torch. It’s easier than you think! Once you unlock the secrets of blow torch cooking, you will soon be a master at creme brulee!

Homemade HoneyBaked ham on a wood serving platter.

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Homemade Honeybaked ham on a platter

Honey Baked Ham like Honeybaked Ham

You can make an amazing honey baked ham at home. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey baked ham
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 649kcal


  • 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.



Calories: 649kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 2692mg | Potassium: 648mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Tracy

    Looking forward to making this for Christmas but I did have a question. In the written recipe it calls for onion powder but in the video you say garlic powder. Which is correct? Thanks!

  2. Craig

    5 stars
    I made this ham on Easter and it was so delicious that I’m making it again today! Thanks for this recipe, tastes just like a Honeybaked ham at a fraction of the price. Plus I enjoy cooking!

  3. Janna

    I have been making this recipe for years, and we all just love it! We always talk about it being “time to torch the ham”. This is flavorful without being overly sweet and sticky, as some glazes are. We get a ham with great flavor at a modest price. Just make sure your spices are fresh. Sometimes I add a bit of allspice, too.

  4. Barbara

    5 stars
    I used to buy 1/2 Honey Baked ham, but last year I discovered this recipe and made it ant it was a total success! This year I got my spiral ham at $0.89 a pound, so I will be making it again for sure, and saving a tone of money!

  5. Sandi

    Do I heat the ham to 150 before applying the glaze? How long and at what temp do you recommend heating a 10b spiral cut ham?
    Thank you!

  6. Granny of two Sweeties

    Great video demo…got my blow torch at Home Depot today. ThankU. Will buy both your books as soon as company leaves & I have a quiet moment.

  7. Carolyn

    Best to serve at room temp. Don’t mix the spices with the sugar, glaze with sugar first then sprinkle on the spices.

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