How to Make Honey Baked Ham

Honey Baked Ham is a delicious addition to your holiday meals. Hams from places like The HoneyBaked Ham Company 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.

homemade spiral sliced honey baked ham.

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Honey Baked Ham Copycat Recipe

Have you ever wondered how to make Honey Baked 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. These spiral hams are the perfect addition to Easter, Thanksgiving, or even your Christmas dinner. Just imagine the wonderful leftovers you can prepare with the ham bone.

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.

homemade honey baked ham with crunchy glaze.

What Makes HoneyBaked Ham so Good?

For many families, honey baked hams are a treasured part of their holiday traditions, and the best honey baked hams are the ones from HoneyBaked.

HoneyBaked’s crackly sweet and savory crusted hams are legendary, and not just for their outstanding flavor. These hams make serving a crowd easy, and because they are so versatile, using up leftovers is never a problem.  

Why This Is the Recipe for HoneyBaked Ham You Should Try?

Really, the only bad part about HoneyBaked hams is that they take such a huge bite out of any party budget. But you can turn an inexpensive spiral-cut smoked ham into something spectacular with this recipe and save money for other holiday splurges.

Don’t give up on this recipe because you feel intimidated by the glazing process. It is much simpler than you think and worth the effort.


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
honey baked ham ingredients.

How to Make Honey Baked Ham at Home

  1. Combine sugar and spices in a small bowl.
combining honey baked ham glaze mixture with a whisk.
  1. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Place the ham open meat side down onto the pan.
ham with open meat side down on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  1. Sprinkle the ham with the seasoned sugar mixture.
  2. Press the sugar onto the outside of the ham.
pressing glaze mixture into the outside of a ham.
  1. With a blowtorch, gently heat the seasoned sugar mixture on the ham until browned.
blowtorch and glaze coated honey baked ham.
  1. Serve immediately or warm the ham in the oven prior to serving.
copycat Honey Baked Ham on a wood board.

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!

a slice of homemade honey baked ham in front of the ham.

How to Heat a Honey Baked Ham

The best way to enjoy HoneyBaked ham is at room temperature or straight from the fridge, but some people prefer their ham a little warmer than that. If you fall into this group, here is how to heat a honey baked ham the right way. 

  1. Slice the ham into serving portions. Heating an entire ham can dry it out. 
  2. Wrap the slices of ham in aluminum foil and place in a 300-degree oven until warm. Depending on the thickness of the ham, reheating should take between 5 and 15 minutes,
  3. Make sure to consume any honey baked ham that you heat immediately and throw out any leftovers. 

How Long Can Honey Baked Ham Stay in the Refrigerator?

After you glaze the honey baked ham, it will last in the fridge for up to a week as long as the use-by date on the original packaging is not sooner. 

What Goes with Honey Baked Ham

Besides making the perfect sandwich, you can enjoy honey baked ham in many ways. Here are a few:

  • With eggs. Chopped and stuffed inside an omelet, as part of Eggs Benedict, or fried and served with sunny-side-up eggs, you can beat ham and eggs.
  • In a ham salad. Using honey baked ham in a ham salad recipe adds a whole new depth of flavor. 
  • For a quiche. Make a Quiche Lorraine with any leftovers for another festive meal. 

How to Store Leftover Ham

You can keep honey baked ham in the refrigerator for up to a week when it’s wrapped tightly in aluminum foil. Just remember when serving honey baked ham, slice off only what you want to eat and immediately return the rest to the fridge to prevent spoilage.

You should throw away any honey baked ham that remains on the buffet table after a party. 

How to Freeze Honey Baked Ham

To freeze leftover ham:

  1. If you have more ham than you can use at one time, portion it into smaller pieces. Remember that you cannot refreeze the ham once you thaw it. 
  2. Wrap each piece of ham tightly in aluminum foil individually and put it into a large freezer bag. 
  3. Store in the freezer for up to six weeks
  4. Defrost the ham in the fridge overnight and eat within two days. 
copycat Honey Baked Ham with crunchy glaze.

Recipes for Leftover Ham

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homemade spiral sliced honey baked ham.

Honey Baked Ham like HoneyBaked Ham

You can make an amazing honey baked ham with a crunchy glaze 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 freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 8-pound bone-in spiral-sliced precooked ham


  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar, onion powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and paprika. Mix well.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and place the ham sliced side down onto the foil. If you do not use aluminum foil, you may have burnt sugar on your pan, and it will take a while to clean off.
  • Sprinkle the outside of the ham with the seasoned sugar, pressing the sugar onto the ham. You might not use all of the sugar.
  • With a blowtorch, gently heat the seasoned sugar on the ham. Wave the flame quickly over the sugar – you want it to brown, not burn. Staying in one area, and slowly moving out from there will make this easier, as you will be heating the sugar in a continual direction. This process will take about 15 minutes, so be patient. If you prefer a thicker crust, you can sprinkle more sugar on top of the already browned parts of the ham. Be sure to brown the newly added sugar.
  • When you are happy with the crust, you can either reheat the ham or serve it cold.



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's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. marissa

    I made this for Christmas this year and it was incredible! I would suggest one thing to help the glaze stick: brush the ham with honey/syrup/corn syrup/something sticky, THEN press the sugar mixture to the ham. I used corn syrup because it’s what we had on hand, and it was great! I also suggest mixing the sugar and spices in advance so the flavors mix. My family preferred this over the Honey Baked Ham we usually serve, and it was 1/3 the price!

  2. Amanda

    This recipe is just like Honey baked ham, only better. I am so glad I found this recipe! It saved me a lot of money and was actually a lot easier to do than I thought it would be. Thanks a ton for sharing this recipe!

  3. Lori-n-TX

    I made this for Christmas dinner this year (2011) and it was a hit! What a girl and her blowtorch can accomplish! Thank You!

  4. Joemareswork

    Wow!! This recipe was amazing! Im eating my ham as I write this……this is a must try recipe life of the party for sure!!!! Thanks

  5. Cherito87

    I made this for Easter dinner and it was amazing! I first cooked the 13 lb ham shank covered with foil in a roasting pan with a cup of chicken broth until it was 135 degrees. It sat on the counter covered until it reached 155. Then I put the sugar on and torched it. SOOO moist and delicious! I could have cut the sugar mixture in half since I had a lot leftover. I’ll be making this again and again!

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    This turned out to be not only beautiful but also very tasty. Everyone loved it.

    Patricia Gann
    Oklahoma City, OK

  7. Paul

    We did this with a fresh ham after cooking it. Came out great, it’s actually better than Honey Baked in my opinion. The spices are subtle enough to really boost the flavor without being over powering.

  8. Army Mom

    Ok…Easter 2010…tried this recipe…and WOW! I did the ingredients and my DH did the blow torch part on the back porch…we had company over and everyone was lovin’ the Ham! Great recipe…easy instructions. I’ll definitely be doing this more often!

  9. Kim

    OK…I made this for Easter dinner. AMAZING!!!!! Better than Honey Baked. I can’t say enough. Everyone wanted to take some home. I will make this again and again. Thank you for sharing.

  10. sharon

    WOW! your Ham looks great! you are becoming quite an expert with the photography not to mention with the torch. I really like the micro shot. Can cut me a piece? Looks so tasty. kudos

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