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 Have you ever wondered how to make Honeybaked Ham? Honestly, these are some of the best hams you can get, but you may not live near one, and they can be a little pricey. When you are on a budget it can be stretch to spend the king’s ransom on one part of your meal.
A honey baked ham from the Honey Baked Ham Co. is one of the best-tasting hams you can buy. But, you may not live where you can easily purchase one, and, in any case, these hams 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 you ever wondered how to make 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.
Harry’s spiral-slicing process has been patented and makes his Honey Baked Ham an easy-to-serve centerpiece for holiday dinners. 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 the company.
Cooking Your Ham?
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.
Looking for ideas for leftover ham?
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 am using 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!
Honey Baked Ham like Honeybaked Ham
- 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.