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Save yourself some serious money during the holidays by making your own Honey Baked Ham recipe at home!  Tender ham is cooked with butter and honey, then slathered with a sticky sweet and smoky glaze that’s broiled until it gets a great sugary crust!

This Copycat Honey Baked Hamis one of those recipes we have love to have for holidays like Thanksgiving and Easter.  A couple of our other favorite Easter recipes are my Honey Butter Roasted Carrots and Broccoli Salad.  This is one of my Easter recipes I know you’ll want to keep on hand!

This copycat Honey Baked Ham is juicy and tender, with the most amazing crispy sweet glaze!  Made with honey, sugar, and mouthwatering spices, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to make this ham at home and save a TON of money! #holiday #easter #ham #copycatrecipe #hamrecipe #dinner #honeybaked #spiralham 


In our family, we always got a big Honey Baked Ham for the holidays… a ham for Easter and either a ham or turkey breast for Thanksgiving.  One of my relatives used to work for Honey Baked, so we could score them at a pretty good discount… but even with that reduction in price, they were still pretty expensive!

An 8 lb bone-in half ham (like you can find in most grocery stores), from Honey Baked will run you over $75.  Seventy Five!!!  That’s a 300% markup from what I can buy at my grocery store.

So why not save some serious cash this holiday, and make your own version at home!


Save yourself some serious money during the holidays by making your own Honey Baked Ham recipe at home!


  • ▢8 lb bone-in spiral sliced half ham
  • ▢2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ▢3 Tbsp honey
  • ▢1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • ▢1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • ▢1/2 tsp onion powder
  • ▢1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ▢1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ▢1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • ▢1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • ▢1/4 tsp paprika
  • ▢pinch of allspice


  • Trim ham if needed, then place in slow cooker.  Combine melted butter and honey, then massage over ham, getting in between the slices a little.  Cover and cook on LOW 4-5 hours.
  • At the end of the cooking time, preheat broiler to HIGH, and line a roasting pan with heavy duty aluminum foil.  
  • Combine sugar, seasoned salt, onion powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, paprika and allspice in a small bowl.  Pat half of the sugar mixture over the top of the ham.
  • Broil for several minutes, until bubbly and caramelized, then remove from oven.
  • To a small saucepan, add remaining sugar mixture.  Add 3 Tbsp of either water or ham juices from bottom of the slow cooker. A combination of water/ham juice and bourbon is a nice alternative!  Stir, and heat to a boil.  Boil for about a minute, then remove from heat.
  • Brush or pour glaze over the ham, then broil again for a minute or two (careful… don’t let it burn!).  Remove from oven and let ham rest for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Serve warm or cold and enjoy!

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Chef Tips

Recipe adapted from and inspired by Todd Wilbur (in this book)To Cook in Oven:

  • Preheat oven to 275 F degrees.  Adjust oven rack to the lower third position.  Line a roasting pan or large dutch oven with a long strip of foil (heavy duty works best).  
  • Position ham flat side down in center of pan.
  • Brush with honey/butter mixture, if possible, getting some in between the slices.
  • Bring sides of the foil up over the ham and cover loosely.  If needed, add a sheet of foil over the top.  
  • Bake approximately 12-15 minutes per pound.  An 8 lb ham will take approximately 1 hour 30-40 minutes.
  • Continue with steps 2-7 as directed.

Nutrition Disclaimer

The Chunky Chef is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.


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