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posted: 03/21/21

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Honey Baked Ham is easy to make with our perfect ham glaze recipe. You will be shocked by how easy this show stopping holiday recipe is.

whole honey baked ham on a platter

There is something so special about a honey baked ham for Easter dinner. But, this is a recipe that you should have in your back pocket for the whole year. This is an easy and flavorful recipe that is sure to impress.

The glaze is sweet, with the hint of spice. It makes this ham recipe truly special, and it is a recipe your guests will ask for on the way out the door.

Ham Glaze Ingredients

As I said, the ham glaze recipe is what really makes this recipe special. What is even better, I bet you already have all the ingredients for it in your pantry.

  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • Ground Mustard
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Black Pepper
  • Ground Cloves
close up of ham glaze recipe being brushed on a spiral cut ham

How to Cook a Honey Baked Ham

  1. Prep the ham: Remove any wrappings that the ham came in, discard any glaze packets, and take out the plastic disc on the wide end of the ham.
  2. Bake the ham: Place the ham in a 9 by 13 inch baking dish, large side facing down, and bake for 20 minutes in a 325 degree oven.
  3. Make the glaze: While the ham is initially baking, whisk together honey, brown sugar, ground mustard, apple cider vinegar, pepper, and cloves.
  4. Glaze the ham: Add a layer of glaze to the ham every twenty minutes, brushing it on gently.
  5. Bake until 110 degrees: The ham is fully cooked, but you will want to bake it until it reaches an internal temperature of 110 degrees, a little less than 2 hours for a 10 pound spiral cut ham.

How Long to Cook Ham

As mentioned, your spiral cut ham is fully cooked. You don’t have to worry about under cooking it when it comes to food safety. We are looking to season it well with the glaze, and heat it through.

A 10 pound ham will need about 2 hours in a 325 degree oven or until it reaches 110 degrees on an instant read thermometer.

baked ham on a cutting board that has been sliced

What to Serve with Honey Baked Ham

If you are hosting and need sides to accompany this ham recipe, the following are perfect!

FAQ

How much ham should I get per person?

You should get between 3/4 of a pound and 1 pound per person. So if you are serving 10 people you would need 7 1/2 to 10 pounds. But if you have leftovers, that is only good news, make sure to check out the section on left over ham recipes below.

Are spiral cut hams fully cooked?

Yes! Spiral cut hams come fully cooked. So unlike making a big turkey for your family, you don’t have to worry about undercooking the meat. You are just looking to season it well with the glaze and warm it through without drying it out.

How long do ham leftovers last?

Your leftovers will last in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Always use your best judgement when it comes to leftovers.

Can you freeze leftover ham?

I suggest cutting the ham into small cubes and then freezing it in a single layer before transferring it to an air tight container. It can be frozen for up to 3 months and used in recipes after thawing in the refrigerator.

close up picture of a spiral cut ham recipe

Leftover Ham Recipes

If you are like us, you over buy when it comes to ham so that you can have leftovers. There are so many great ways to use your leftover ham, but here are our favorites:

If you make this baked ham recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

whole honey baked ham on a platter
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Honey Baked Ham

Serves: 10 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
Honey Baked Ham is easy to make with our perfect ham glaze recipe. You will be shocked by how easy this show stopping holiday recipe is.

Ingredients

  • 10 pound bone in spiral cut ham packaging and any seasoning/glazes discarded
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Unwrap the spiral cut ham and discard and seasonings or glaze that came with it. Remove the plastic disc in the wide end of the ham. Place the ham wide side down in a 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the ham is baking, whisk the sugar, honey, mustard, vinegar, pepper, and cloves together.
  • After the first 20 minutes, gently brush the glaze all over the ham and return to the oven. Brush every 20 minutes until the ham is heated through, about 2 or until the ham registers 110 degrees. (You may not use all of the glaze.)
  • Slice and enjoy!
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
whole honey baked ham on a platter

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