Honey Baked Ham (Copycat Recipe)

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Honey Baked Ham is a holiday tradition everyone looks forward to! Sweet and smoky with succulent spices, this copycat recipe tastes just like the original Honey Baked Spiral Ham.

A whole ham in a roasting pan with a slice being removed with a fork

Honey Baked Ham

Honey Baked Ham was a centerpiece at many Christmas Eve and Easter dinners growing up. Our parents often purchased it at one of our favorite places, the Honey Baked Ham store. What we didn’t realize at the time was how expensive that ham could be. Now that we’re in charge of our own Christmas Eve and Easter dinners, we’ve found a way to make a sweet, sugary copycat honey Baked Ham at home. The price is right, and baking it in our own kitchen makes our house smell absolutely divine!

How Much Does a Honey Baked Ham Cost?

Buying a ham from the Honey Baked Ham store can cost well over $100! Sure, they’re tasty but you can make the same delicious baked ham at home for a fraction of the cost. A similar sized ham from the grocery store will cost you less than $30, and the ingredients for the rich, sweet honey glaze are pantry staples you probably already have! Save that money AND make your house smell yummy all at the same time.

Slice honey baked ham being lifted by a fork

How to Glaze Honey Baked Ham

I actually love the process of glazing this Honey Baked Ham. The rich sauce is easy to make and I love how it seeps into the crevices of the ham and creates a slightly crispy golden crust. Here’s what you do:

  1. Combine butter, brown sugar, honey and all the delicious spices into a saucepan.
  2. Bring the whole thing to a boil, just until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Using a basting brush, spread most of the decadent sauce all over the ham, making sure to brush inside each slice.
  4. Then, baste the ham once more about halfway through the baking time.
  5. Finally, broil the top of the ham in the oven at the end so the sauce caramelizes and bubbles. It’s SO delicious!

How to Cook Honey Baked Ham in the Oven

Baking a ham is the best way to get that perfect caramelized crust while keeping the ham plump and juicy. Check out the recipe card below for all the details. But the trick here is low and slow. Since ham comes precooked, all you really need to do is warm it through and allow the honey and brown sugar mixture to coat the meat thoroughly. It’s a lengthy process, but one heavenly slice of ham is worth all that patience.

A whole honey baked ham in a roasting pan

Tips for Cooking Honey Baked Ham

Don’t be intimidated by cooking a ham. It’s really very simple. But here are a few tips to making the best Christmas ham ever!

  • Line your roasting pan with foil. That glorious honey and brown sugar mixture is delicious but it makes a sticky mess! Save yourself some clean-up time and line the pan. Then all you have to do is toss it afterward!
  • Cover the ham with foil or a lid when cooking. You want to keep all those juices in the ham.
  • Use a heavy duty roasting pan if you can. We love the Magnalite Roasting Pan.
  • Baste your ham with the honey mixture halfway through the baking process.
  • When basting, use a silicone basting brush. The honey mixture is sticky and you don’t want little stringy fibers getting into your baste with other types of brushes.
  • To give your ham that golden, caramel crust, put the ham under the broiler for a few minutes at the end.
  • Make sure to let the ham rest about five minutes or so before slicing and serving.

How to Cook Honey Baked Ham in the Crock Pot

If you want to go for the ease of cooking your ham in the crock pot you can! Just make sure to line your crock pot because it’ll get messy with all that delicious sauce. Cook on low for 5-6 hours and then pop it in the oven under the broiler to crisp up the top. Try our Slow Cooker Ham with Maple and Brown Sugar too. It’s so delicious!

A bone-in spiral ham in the crock pot

How Long Does Honey Baked Ham Last in the Fridge?

An uncooked ham can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to seven days. After it’s been baked, you can store leftovers for up to a week. Wrap the ham well in plastic wrap, in a resealable bag, or in an airtight container. If you know you won’t use you leftovers that quickly, consider freezing them for later use in casseroles or soups.

Can Cooked Ham Be Frozen?

Absolutely! Freeze any leftover ham in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to four months. It will still be safe to eat after that time, but may not taste as good.To reheat, let it thaw in the refrigerator completely, then microwave or put in the oven, covered, for about 30 minutes.

A whole cooked honey baked ham in a roasting pan

Leftover Honey Baked Ham Recipes

Ham leftovers make some of our favorite meals! Yes, sandwiches are always a solid choice, but sometimes it’s fun to try something new! Try your leftover ham in one of these delicious dishes:

What to Serve With Honey Baked Ham?

This ham is so delicious and versatile, the possibilities of what to serve alongside a thick slice are endless! But here are a few tried and true combinations we love:

Still want more side dish ideas? HERE is a quick link to ALL of our easy side dishes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a honey baked ham glaze made of?

The main ingredient in a honey baked ham glaze is, of course, honey. For this recipe we also add brown sugar, butter, brown mustard (or dijon mustard), and a few other easy spices.

How do you heat up a precooked ham without drying it out?

You want to cover the ham tightly with foil or in a roasting pan with a lid. This helps keep all the juices inside. You also want to check the temperature and remove from the oven when the ham reaches 135-140 degrees F. If the ham gets too hot it will start drying out.

How do you add flavor to ham after baking?

This ham is very flavorful on its own. If we are serving the ham as leftovers on a ham and cheese board, you can serve with dijon mustard, pepper jelly, or hot honey.

How to Make Honey Baked Ham (Copycat Recipe)

Sliced honey baked ham on a platter next to a bowl of honey

Honey Baked Ham Recipe (Copycat)

5 from 10 votes
Honey Baked Ham is a Christmas and Easter tradition everyone looks forward to! Sweet, smoky with succulent spices, this copycat recipe tastes just like your favorite holiday ham, but made right at home.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 10 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 15 servings


  • Conventional Oven
  • Large Roasting Pan



  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place ham in a roasting pan lined with foil or roasting pan liner (see tips above). Set aside.
    Baking pan lined with foil
  • In a small saucepan, combine honey, brown sugar, butter, brown mustard, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and paprika. Heat over medium-low heat until sugar is just dissolved (you do not need to bring it to a boil). 
    Cooking sauce that will be basted onto the ham
  • Baste ham with about ⅓ of the honey mixture. Be sure to get in between all the slices. 
    Basting sauce over spiral cut ham
  • Cover and bake at 200-degrees for 5 hours, basting a second time halfway through using half of the remaining honey mixture.
    Foil covered ham for baking
  • Remove ham from oven and set oven to “broil”. While oven is getting to temperature, baste ham one last time using remaining mixture. Be sure to get a nice even coating over the top.
    Broiled top of honey baked ham
  • Place ham, uncovered, back in the oven. Watch it closely! When the glaze starts to caramelize and bubble up, remove ham from oven. Allow ham to rest for 5 minutes and serve!
    Honey Baked Ham on a serving platter


Nutrition Information

Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 182IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. Can the ham be cooked the day before and reheated on Easter? Assuming “Yes” at what temperature and for how long?

    1. We suggest reheating the ham, covered with foil, at 275 for 10 minutes per pound. If it gets too hot it will dry out. Hope this helps!

  2. hello, not a review but just a comment. This copycat recipe is it exactly like the ham from the famous honey-baked stores? I am obsessed with trying to find the real honey-baked ham clone. I have been trolling different recipe sites on the internet for several years now, whenever I see the words copycat recipe for Honey baked ham. So far the closest I have ever gotten to the real thing is only the words “Copycat recipe for honey baked ham”

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