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How to Make Your Own Honey Baked Style Ham

Karen Frazier
Honey baked ham

Honey baked hams make a wonderful addition to the table at any family gathering. Their rich taste and sweet, crisp exterior are what make them so popular. Make your own honey baked ham using this simple recipe.

Basic Baked Ham With Honey Glaze Recipe

This creates a beautiful, ham with a caramelized glaze.

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes Serves: 10 to 12

Ingredients

  • 7- to 10-pound smoked, spiral cut ham (fully cooked)
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup peach juice
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place ham in a glass 8-inch square baking dish, cut end down.
  3. In a saucepan combine, the pineapple juice, peach juice, honey, brown sugar, ginger, cloves, and salt.
  4. Bring to a boil on medium-high, stirring. Boil for 3 minutes. Cool slightly.
  5. Brush on the ham.
  6. Bake the ham for approximately one hour, basting every ten minutes with the glaze.
  7. Cook until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140° F.
  8. Turn your oven to broil. Broil for three to five minutes, until the glaze is thick and caramelized.

Variations

  • Replace the honey with an equal amount of pure maple syrup.
  • Replace the peach juice with apple juice, orange juice, or pomegranate juice.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the glaze.
  • Add some heat by replacing the ginger and cloves with 1 teaspoon of Chinese five spice.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of finely grated orange zest to your glaze.
  • Whisk in 1 teaspoon (or more) of horseradish.

Honey Brown Sugar Ham Glaze

If you like the molasses flavors of brown sugar with your ham, then try this glaze recipe.

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes Serves: 8 to 10

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  2. Heat on medium-high, whisking, until it boils.
  3. Boil, whisking, for one minute.
  4. Brush on the ham and cook according to the instructions above.

Tips for Honey Glazed Ham

When making either of the honey glazes above, consider the following tips:

  • Don't skip the broiling; broiling is what caramelizes the glaze and causes it to form a crust on the ham.
  • When you broil, watch carefully because you don't want the glaze to burn.
  • Bring leftover glaze to a boil and allow it to boil for 3 minutes, stirring. Serve on the side for people to spoon over their ham.

Serving Your Honey Baked Ham

Let your ham sit for a few minutes after cooking to help the juices properly distribute. Slice around the bone to free it, and then divide your ham into three sections: one horizontally above the bone and two below it, one to each side. Serve your honey baked ham with scalloped potatoes, green beans, and fresh rolls for a meal so delicious, there won't be any leftover ham.

How to Make Your Own Honey Baked Style Ham