Without the price tag, HoneyBaked Ham (Copycat), cooked with honey, sugar, and delectable spices, is crispy, sweet, smokey, and wonderful!
Our featured recipe for Honey Baked Ham is sure to tickle your palate. This dish is surprisingly simple to make, yet it tastes amazing, with savory ham melting under a sweet, gently spicy glaze. The secret to this dish’s success is the special combination of spices, which include clove, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Together, these ingredients create a symphony of sweet and smokey sensations that transforms the ordinary ham to a gourmet treat with the ideal balance.
This recipe, honey baked ham, conjures up pleasant memories of Christmas get-togethers, joyous occasions, and comforting family dinners. Not only that, but it’s surprisingly simple to create thanks to the key ingredient—a pre-cooked, bone-in, spiral-sliced ham. Therefore, you may serve this amazing centerpiece at your next holiday feast even if you are not a skilled chef.
The honey glaze and spice combo in this dish is really special. The flavor profile of this mix is warm, mildly spicy, sweet, and goes well with the savory ham. The glaze is applied to the ham by broiling, which results in a crispy, caramelized outside that accentuates the luscious within.’
How to Make HoneyBaked Ham
Although making your own honey baked ham at home may seem difficult, you can replicate the enchantment in your kitchen by following this simple method. You may serve a Honey Baked Ham that is both attractive and tasty by following these instructions. View the recipe card for further information. Look it over!
- Step 1: Start by pouring honey over your precooked ham in the crock pot or slow cooker. To ensure the optimum adhesion of the honey you put to the top, thoroughly dry the ham’s top with a paper towel. To ensure that the honey gets between the slices, spread apart the slices a little before adding it. Press the slices back together just before cooking.
- Step 2: Cook the ham for two to three hours on low. Step Three: Preheat your oven to broil and make the glaze while the ham is cooking. A decent rule of thumb is to bake the ham for around 15 minutes per pound.
- Step Four: To make the glaze, mix sugar, paprika, ginger, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and onion powder with a little of the slow cooker’s liquid.
- Step Five: After that, pour this mixture over the cooked ham and bring it to a slow boil. Keep in mind that the topping will get drier when cooked and that it will be more difficult to distribute evenly over the ham if you allow it to boil for longer than is specified.
- Step 6: The ham is now ready to be broiler-baked, with the glaze bubbling and caramelizing to create that delicious HoneyBaked crust.
Key Ingredients in HoneyBaked Ham
Because its components are simple and readily available, this delicious HoneyBaked Ham dish is really simple to create. The ham has a savory-sweet flavor profile from the special combination of spices and honey, which makes it a hit with guests.
- Ham: The main ingredient in this recipe is a spiral-sliced, precooked, bone-in ham. While spiral slicing makes serving a snap, the bone adds flavor to the ham throughout the cooking process. An 8–10 pound ham will be used. Two 4-5 pound hams will work just as well. Should it weigh between 10 and 17 pounds, you may wish to cook it for an additional hour or so. Place the ham inside your slow cooker with caution. Should the ham exceed the capacity of your slow cooker, cut it off at the bottom as needed.
- Honey: The honey gives the ham a lovely caramelized crust while also adding a hint of sweetness and assisting the sugar-based glaze in sticking to the ham. You may use regular honey that you keep in your cupboard.
- Sugar: The glaze’s foundation is made of white granulated sugar. Under the broiler, it caramelizes, giving the ham an incredibly crispy and sweet surface.
- Spices: This HoneyBaked Ham is distinguished by the rich flavor of the glaze, which is created by combining onion powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and paprika.
Can HoneyBaked Ham Be Made Ahead of Time?
Of course! It’s a popular choice for holiday meals in part because of this. The day before serving, the ham can be cooked and glazed. Just make sure you wrap it well and store it in the fridge. If you would rather it warm when it’s time to serve, reheat it slowly in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes at a low temperature. Bake it for 5 minutes for every pound to avoid drying it out. As necessary, make adjustments.
Substitutions in HoneyBaked Ham
- Ham: A spiral-sliced, bone-in ham is the best, but if that’s not possible, you may use a boneless ham or even a picnic shoulder.
- Honey: You may use agave nectar or maple syrup in its place if honey isn’t readily accessible. If you would rather not use white sugar and would want additional glazing, you may alternatively use a full cup of honey. If you use honey only, the consistency of the crust may change somewhat.
- Spices: Don’t worry if you’re lacking any of the spices. You just need to use a couple of the spices specified to make the glaze, which is versatile. Allspice can also be used in place of cloves.
Variations on HoneyBaked Ham
Although honey-baked ham is a traditional dish, you can always go a little creative. There are a few alternatives you may attempt, depending on your own tastes.
- Using Pineapples: Before glazing the ham, add pineapple rings to give it a tropical flair. The salty ham goes nicely with the pineapple’s sweetness.
- When making Brown Sugar Glaze: To give the glaze a richer, molasses-like flavor, replace the white sugar with brown sugar.
- Using Mustard Glaze: For an additional acidic bite, add a tablespoon of Dijon mustard to the glaze.
How to Store HoneyBaked Ham
- To serve, you can leave the honey-baked ham at room temperature for up to two hours without risk. After that, it has to be chilled to stop the growth of bacteria.
- Store: Within two hours of cooking, wrap any leftovers firmly and place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last three to five days when refrigerated. Reheat in slices on the stovetop or in a preheated oven at 325°F (165°C) until warm.
- Freeze: You might want to think about freezing any leftovers that you have in large quantities. Cooked ham keeps well in the freezer for up to two months when wrapped tightly in freezer-safe material. As directed for leftovers that have been kept, thaw in the fridge and reheat.
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HoneyBaked Ham (Copycat)
- 1 pre-cooked ham 8-9 pounds bone-in and spiral sliced
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 cups sugar white granulated
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Spoon honey over the ham after placing it in the slow cooker (with the aluminum insert).
- Cook for three hours on low.
- Turn the oven on to broil.
- Add the sugar, paprika, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, onion powder, and six tablespoons of the slow cooker’s liquid to a saucepan.
- Bring to a rolling boil over high heat and let cook for one minute.
- Spoon half of the topping over the ham’s skin side.
- Place the metal insert into the oven (if you don’t have one, take the ham out and place it on a cookie sheet and use it instead).
- When it begins to expand slightly and get bubbly, which should happen in 20 to 30 seconds, remove it from the oven while the door is open.
- After adding the remaining glaze, heat for an additional 20 to 30 seconds.
- Pull apart the slices before the sugar solidifies into a crust if you want each slice to have its own glaze.
- You can provide food cold, room temperature, or heated.