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!

DO YOU HAVE TO COOK A HAM

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.

HOW TO COOK HAM IN THE OVEN

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.

COOKING HAM IN SLOW COOKER

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

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT COPYCAT 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!

HELPFUL TOOLS:

  • 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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Easy Copycat HoneyBaked Ham Recipe

Save yourself some serious money during the holidays by making your own HoneyBaked ham recipe at home!
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time: 4 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 8 - 12 servings
Calories: 632

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

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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75 comments on “Easy Copycat HoneyBaked Ham Recipe”

  1. Making this right now and my whole house smells ahhh soooooo amazing!! Used brown sugar, you could add a little molasses if using white sugar, great flavor. I also added a little corn starch for thickening. Ham is my hubby’s favorite meat. So, he’s going to get a pleasant surprise when he gets home,.

  2. This was my first ham to cook and it was a success.. Thank you ❤️

  3. Everyone enjoyed the ham. The ham bone made an amazing split pea soup, the recipe also found on Pinterest

  4. This recipe was a huge hit! Everyone loved it. I’ve tried many different ham recipes and this has been our favorite It’s now a staple for the holidays. I cooked an 8lb ham in the crockpot on low for 3 hours then broiled it. For the sugar, I used 1 cup brown sugar and  1/2 cup white sugar. 

  5. Fantastic! We couldn’t stop nibbling on the stray pieces

  6. Made this for thanksgiving in my instant pot. Set it for high 26 minutes and walked away. It was divine. 

  7. I’ve never made a ham before and this recipe looks great.  My only concern is:  it seems like very little liquid is being put in the crock pot with the ham, in the beginning.  It is just the 2 tbsp of butter and 3 tbsp of honey.  Is that enough?  Do I need to add any other juice or water?

    Thanks!

  8. I made this for my sons Friendsgiving. I sliced a boneless ham and marinated it in this glaze for several hours. Baked it in the glaze and basted it every 15-30 minutes. Holy moly!! Ive used other HBH recipes in the past but this by far is the best! I like the suggestion to use on a turkey. Will give that a try for Thanksgiving. Fantastic recipe!

  9. I am super excited to have found this recipe! I have loved honey baked ham but was so expensive! I will be making this ham for Thanksgiving dinner this year!

  10. I’m going to try this today

  11. Omg this ham is so delicious and easy, my husband said it better then the honey baked ham u would buy. This is a must try for anyone who hasn’t already!

  12. If the hams already smoked, do you still have to cook it for the 4-5 hours? I’m just confused on that one issue. It’s my first time doing a ham for Thanksgiving and I just want to make sure I get it right. 🙂 

    • Like I mentioned in the body of the post, most hams from the grocery store are smoked, which is already cooked. The “cook” time is just to warm the ham through. If you don’t want a warm ham, you can massage the melted butter and honey onto the ham, then proceed with step 2 in the recipe to get that honeybaked ham crust.

  13. This recipe sounds amazing! I plan on making a ham for Christmas, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with that being said, I’m curious if your same recipe is good for turkey? 

  14. This was super easy and really good! I also love that it didn’t cost a fortune!

  15. Oh, the crust on that honey baked ham looks so good and full of flavor. Yum. Pinning to try soon!

  16. I love honey baked ham!! This Easter as usual I ordered my ham… it was so expensive! My Giant food store had a special if you spend so much you get a free spiral cut ham. I’m making that one today! I opened up the ham and the Glaze was missing! I have to have Glaze in the ham. Years ago I used to make my ham with ginger ale, brown sugar, lemon and a few slices but it isn’t a Glaze. So I’m following your recipe as I type.  The ham is 4.38 lb I kept the amounts the same. I recently bought a small kitchen blow torch so I’ll be able to try that out! 
    I don’t have the onion powder 😏 so hopefully that won’t mess this up too much. 

    What really surprised me was not brown sugar? White sugar? I’m really surprised with that.  How do you get the color Glaze to be dark? 
    I’ll let you know what the family thinks! Sadly this fee ham is very fatty inside I wasn’t happy about that so there will be a lot of loss there. 
    Thanks for the recipe! 

  17. I just made this and it was easy and yet decadent. I also used the same sugar on a turkey breast I also made at same time. I liked a little more spice, so I doubled only the spices. Everyone LOVED this recipe. My turkey friend said it tasted like just like a HBH and was the best turkey she ever had. Thank You and post more recipes please!

  18. Although I’m sure this ham tastes delicious as I search Google for people’s renditions of HoneyBaked Ham I have to laugh since I have been a former employee of HoneyBaked Ham Company, there is actually no honey involved in the HoneyBaked Ham although there is several spices that ithey call “Royal” the process is to smoke the ham,then spiral cut it,then they pour the Royal onto the ham and then pour sugar over the ham as it is on a rotisserie they take a blowtorch to it to make it a hard candy shell

  19. Thank you for this recipe. I accidentally missed the deadline for ordering our traditional HB Ham this past Christmas. With trepidation, I tried your CC recipe…worried I would never live down my mistake. Fortunately, the ham was met with overwhelming praise by my family. I just printed the recipe to use for our Easter celebration. We no longer need to make the expensive ham purchase. Much obliged!!

  20. Amanda I found you by happy accident. The ham in your photo looks yummy. It’s a crunchy sugar coating like Honey Baked ham and not a syrup right? I always serve Honey Baked at room temperature. Do you think I could forget baking the ham and just use your recipe for the coating? Also I’d like to do it a day ahead and then refrigerate until a few hours before dinner. Do you think that would work? Excited to try this!

    • So happy you found my site! Yes, it’s more of a crunchy coating. Even when you make the sugar glaze, after broiling and cooling slightly, it crisps up nicely. You could absolutely forgo cooking the ham, it won’t hurt the recipe at all 🙂 I haven’t tested making it ahead of time, so I can’t say that it will taste exactly the same, but it shouldn’t negatively effect it. Hope you love it!

  21. I made this ham for Christmas 2018 and it was a big hit. It was so delicious.

  22. BEST. HAM. EVER! I usually buy the ham with the glaze packet, but for 3 people, we always have too much leftover. My boys are very picky and we’re not excited about me experimenting with their Christmas ham. Their thoughts, “if it ain’t broke….”. Despite their protests. I decided to buy a smaller ham and try my hand at a homemade glaze.  After researching many recipes and scouring reviews, I settled on this recipe. I added a shot of bourbon to the boiled glazed, and poured  the leftover glaze from the bottom of the roasting pan in a gravy boat to served it along side. The verdict, the boys said this was the best ham they’d EVER had. My son asked if he could keep the ham in his room. 😂 For the first time ever, ALL of the leftovers were gone!  I’ve been instructed to never buy a Honey Baked ham or use any other glaze ever again. This is definitely a keeper! 

  23. Maybe it’s my crockpot but 4 hours was too long.
    But the glaze is spot on.

  24. Thanks for this ! If my ham is 3.89 lbs do I follow these measurements exactly or halve them? 

  25. Used this recipe yesterday. Was wonderful. My daughter said it was better than Honey baked ham. I did the oven method and did 2 hams about 9 lbs each so tripled the recipe. Just one hint…when broiling in an electric oven I would twist and turn the pans with the ham in them in different directions every 30 seconds to a minute to get a more even carmelizing all the way around on the hams to help keep the direct top of the ham from burning.

  26. Is the 4-5 hours for a pre cooked ham? If not how long for a pre cooked ham?

  27. Can I pre-slice the ham before these steps if i don’t have the spiral sliced version or do I have to wait and cut it at the end?

  28. This was delicious! I was skeptical about warming the ham in the crockpot and 2 of my friends gave a hard side she go seeing it in there, but in the end this was a crowd favorite. There was not a single piece leftover. Making this again for Christmas.

  29. Hello! Quick question again– if I am doing with this with a raw turkey, is that okay? I’m assuming I just cook it longer. Thanks!

  30. Hello! Do you believe that this would work well with a 3 lb turkey? Can’t wait to try!Thanks!

  31. Had this for Thanksgiving . Was so good , we were all fighting for leftovers AND the sauce on the bottom !

  32. 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!!!! 

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

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

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

  37. 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!

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

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

  40. This ham was the BOMB….

  41. 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 🙂

  42. 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!

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

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

  45. 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 !!

  46. 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!

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

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

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

  50. 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?

  51. I love honeybaked ham so much!

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

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