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Copycat Honey Baked Ham

Honey Baked ham is grand, deliciously smoky, and has a signature caramelized crust all over. Sadly, it’s something you have to plan to order in advance and can be a little on the pricey side. If you didn't have time to order a ham, want to save some money, or just try a homemade version of this classic centerpiece, this copycat recipe is for you.


1/2 c. honey
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. sweet paprika
3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 (8-lb.) smoked half bone-in spiral-cut ham
1/3 c. granulated sugar


  1. Step 1Place a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 325°. In a small bowl, mix honey, butter, mustard, onion powder, paprika, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. 
  2. Step 2Arrange ham fat cap side up on a wire rack set in a large roasting pan. Baste all over and between slices with half of glaze. Fill bottom of roasting pan with about 1/4" water. Wrap entire ham in foil.
  3. Step 3Bake ham, adding more water if pan dries out, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 130°, about 2 hours.
  4. Step 4Carefully remove roasting pan from oven. Unwrap ham and increase oven temperature to 400°. Baste ham with half of remaining glaze.
  5. Step 5Continue to bake until glaze is caramelized and tacky, about 10 minutes. Baste ham again all over with remaining glaze and dust with granulated sugar, packing mixture onto ham. Continue to bake until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 145° and sugar has turned into a crunchy, caramelized shell, about 10 minutes more. Let cool slightly before transferring to a platter.