Easy Copycat HoneyBaked Ham Recipe

Save yourself some serious money during the holidays by making your own HoneyBaked 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 HoneyBaked ham is succulent and tender, with the most amazing crispy sweet glaze!  Made with honey, sugar, and plenty of mouthwatering spices, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to make this ham at home and save a TON of money!

In our family, we always got a big HoneyBaked 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 HoneyBaked, 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 HoneyBaked will run you over $75.  Seventy Five!!!  That’s a 300% markup from what I can buy at my grocery store.


HoneyBaked Ham recipe in slow cooker

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


It depends.  Most hams you buy at a grocery store are pre-cooked and/or smoked, which means you don’t have to cook them.  You certainly can if you want to, but it comes down to whether you want cold or warm ham to serve.  Just double check the package when you’re buying… if it doesn’t say pre-cooked or smoked, head over to the meat counter and ask the butcher to be sure.


Bake ham, covered loosely in foil, at 275 F degrees on a foil lined roasting pan or super heavy duty rimmed baking sheet.  Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes per pound.  Then glaze as directed in the recipe and broil.


Trim ham if needed, then place in slow cooker on it’s side.  Cook on low for 4-5 hours, until warmed throughout.

Closeup of HoneyBaked ham recipe


  • Make sure you dry the ham with paper towels before cooking it.
  • I think ham tastes better when warmed in the slow cooker, so cook on LOW for 4-5 hours, trimming if you need to make it fit in the slow cooker.
  • Massage the butter and honey mixture into the ham, getting in between the slices a little.
  • Make the glaze using either water or the liquid from the bottom of the slow cooker.
    • or go crazy and use some bourbon – not a true HoneyBaked copycat, but a DELICIOUS addition!
  • Broil or blowtorch the glaze until it’s crispy and slightly sticky.  The glaze will firm up into a crust as it sits and cools slightly.
    • I do highly recommend broiling here… blowtorches can be dangerous, and it can take a while to torch an entire half ham!

Slices of honey baked ham with glaze

You’ll probably have quite a bit of ham leftover, so here are my personal favorites to use up those leftovers (aside from a classic ham sandwich!).

With Easter coming up, it’s the perfect time to watch your grocery store for the prices of bone-in half hams to go down.  When you see them on sale, grab one!  They can be frozen if need be.  This way you can save even MORE on your main dish for the holiday get together!


  • Slow Cooker – this 7 qt slow cooker is big enough to hold most 8 lb spiral hams without too much trimming.  Plus, it’s programmable!


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Recipe adapted from and inspired by Todd Wilbur (in this book)

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5 from 11 votes
Easy Copycat HoneyBaked Ham Recipe
8 - 12 servings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins

Save yourself some serious money during the holidays by making your own HoneyBaked ham recipe at home!

Calories: 632 kcal
  • 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
  1. 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.

  2. At the end of the cooking time, preheat broiler to HIGH, and line a roasting pan with heavy duty aluminum foil.  

  3. 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.

  4. Broil for several minutes, until bubbly and caramelized, then remove from oven.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. Serve warm or cold and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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.

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This copycat HoneyBaked ham is succulent and tender, with the most amazing crispy sweet glaze!  Made with honey, sugar, and plenty of mouthwatering spices, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to make this ham at home and save a TON of money! | #copycatrecipe #ham #honeybakedham #holidaydinner #easter #thanksgiving

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30 comments on “Easy Copycat HoneyBaked Ham Recipe”

  1. I did this for my husbands family for thanksgiving and everyone was droolinggggggg!!!! They asked if I could do it again for Christmas and then my husband asked if I can do it for us at home. Us and our seven and one year old. Haha. It’s seriously delicious!!!! 

  2. I prepared this ham to serve alongside turkey for our Thanksgiving dinner and it was very well-received! I warmed the ham in the slow cooker, transferred it to a foil-lined baking sheet for the broiling and glazing steps, and then returned it to the slow cooker to hold until dinner was ready. I used a 5 lb. boneless supermarket brand ‘spiral-sliced’ ham and cooked it on LOW for 2-1/2 hours before the glazing step. Delicious!

  3. Cannot wait to try. Having 10 people for a dinner party this week. Is it possible to prepare the ham and then slice and put in a sterno warming tray to keep warm while other sides are being prepared? I plan on having alot of sides that, unfortunately, also require oven space. In my next life I will have a double oven.

  4. Very good ham I am sending the name of this site to a family member thank you for your recipe it is very delicious

  5. This ham is amazing!! The whole family loved it!! It is definitely a keeper recipe!

  6. I love Honey Baked Ham brand ham, but NOT their price tag, so this recipe was a brilliant alternative!! I purchased a 12lb spiral sliced ham, and so I doubled this entire recipe- I wanted to make sure and have plenty of glaze, I like it thick. I prepared mine in the oven, and after applying the first sugar & spice coating, I drizzled extra honey all over before broiling. Then after preparing the final wet glaze topping, I also used a blow torch while applying the glaze, so I could torch all sides- not just the top. It was ridiculously AMAZING!!! The ham was juicy and thoroughly flavorful throughout, with a nice little crispy outside, that was such a perfect balance of spicy & sweet! I received rave reviews from all 10 family members. Even my 17 year old daughter, whom is not easily impressed, said the ham taste “Amazing”! I’ve been looking for a recipe like this for years, THANK YOU so much for the perfect, much more affordable, but no less amazing, substitute to Honey Baked Ham hams!

  7. Fantastic and easy.  Made this in the crock pot.  Followed the instructions and it came out perfect!  Thank you!  

  8. Amazing receipe, everyone enjoyed it. Tasted just like the expensive hams I’ve purchased from Honey Baked Ham. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. This ham was the BOMB….

  10. I’m planning to make this for Thanksgiving dinner! It’s my first time cooking a ham and I’m confident this recipe with knock everyone’s socks off!! I’ll be using a slow cooker so do I still apply the 12-15 minutes per pound or just 4-5 hours? My ham is a little over 9 lbs. Also, my butcher didn’t have a spiral cutter so it’s not sliced, will this be an issue? Thanks!

    • Just do the 4-5 hours on low in the slow cooker (the 12-15 minutes per pound is for the oven). Non-sliced won’t change anything, just be a little more work for you at the end, to slice it (but you can slice it however thin or thick you want it, which is nice). Hope you all love it!! We’re having it for Thanksgiving as well 🙂

  11. I followed this basic recipe last Christmas, and it was hands down, the best, been-thinking-about-it-all-year ham I’ve ever had! I used a spiral sliced ham and tossed out the glaze, following your recipe. Except that I made extra glaze and added honey to the glaze, in addition to what is in the honey and butter mixture. Actually, if remember correctly, I drizzled honey on as a second coat of glaze. It had a thick coat of sweet, spicy, and a bit crispy glaze that was to die for! I heated it in the oven, just til warm so as not to dry it out. Then I USED A SMALL BLOWTORCH! I had help from my oldest son, and working together, one drizzling and the other working the blowtorch, we could control it so perfectly. No burnt pieces. Not overcooked inside. Just perfect. I’m making one to bring to our huge Thanksgiving family potluck. There will be 2 large turkeys, but I am confident the ham will be the star! Haha. I’m not even a big ham eater. I really love Thanksgiving turkey. But this is excellent. Btw, I found the blowtorch technique on YouTube. It looked like maybe it was a video of a chef or maybe a ham “factory”. I watched that and decided it was actually easier than trying to broil it plus I xiyid get all sides. Try it! Double the glaze and use a kitchen blowtorch! Honeybaked Ham can keep their 💰! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. how long would the leftovers last??…there is just 2 of us…..

  13. Do you use a cooked ham for this recipe? Just confused because you are “cooking” it in the slow cooker also….

  14. This is one of the best recipes I have tried, the only thing I changed was I used only 1 cup of sugar and it was great !!

  15. I made this for Easter since I have had commercial Honey Baked Hams before and liked them but not the price. It was amazing – everyone loved it from the first bite on. I made sure the honey butter mixture went through each of the spirals cuts and made a bit more of the sugar glaze mixture. and massaged it in. I broiled it on one side then turned it to broiled the other since the pointed end was a little to close to the element. I think I like this better than the commercial ham since you can taste the seasoning clear through the ham and not just on the outside surface. Cannot wait to bring this to a neighborhood potluck and watch everyone go crazy. For left overs I cut the rest up off the bone and poured the juice over the slices – yum!

  16. This looks really good! Perfect for any occasion!

  17. I tried this one and it was delicious. I should try making this soon!

  18. Oh my goodness!! This ham looks absolutely delicious!! YUM!!

  19. This is making my mouth water!!!!
    I LOVE having a ham for the holidays!!! 
    We are lucky to have reasonably priced ones in the grocery stores, but we never get spiral sliced ham 🙁 

    I NEED to try this topping. Wonder if I can adapt it to a whole ham?

  20. I love honeybaked ham so much!

  21. Yas girl! That’s a hefty price tag when you can make your own!

  22. Easter will be here before you know it! Thanks!