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.
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:
- Onion powder
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg (freshly ground, if possible)
- Ground ginger
- Ground cloves
- Bone-in spiral-sliced precooked ham
How to Make Honey Baked Ham at Home
- Combine sugar and spices in a small bowl.
- Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place the ham open meat side down onto the pan.
- Sprinkle the ham with the seasoned sugar mixture. Press the sugar onto the outside of the ham.
- With a blowtorch, gently heat the seasoned sugar mixture on the ham until browned.
- 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!
Recipes for Leftover Ham
- Easy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
- Ham and Cheddar Egg Bites
- Ham and Egg Casserole
- Ham and Potato Casserole
- Ham Pinwheels
- Ham Salad
Favorite Holiday Main Dishes
- Apple Cider Pork Loin
- Bone in Ribeye Roast
- Beef Roast Recipe
- Corned Beef in the Oven
- Fried Lamb Chops
- How to Cook a Filet Mignon Roast
- Instant Pot Corned Beef
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.