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Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

This oven baked Honey Glazed Ham Recipe is for a spiral-cut ham that is tender and flavorful. The glaze has brown sugar, honey, mustard, pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and cloves, making it delicious.

Everyone will be asking for seconds when you serve this delicious ham for the holidays.

Spiral cut honey glazed ham in a baking dish.
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I usually make ham for Easter and Christmas dinner. I use this ham recipe, and it's the star of the show! The prep is so easy. I love to use the leftover glaze for brushing while broiling – it takes it up a notch.

If you are the holiday host, this is the recipe for you! This sweet and tangy baked ham recipe is easy to make; everyone will love it! The best part? The leftovers! They make the most delicious ham sandwiches.

Leftovers are also great to use in this Ham and Cheese Casserole or this Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole.

Ingredient Notes

See the printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make honey-glazed ham are set out on the counter.
  • Bone-in Spiral sliced ham: The main star of the show! Choose your ham size based on how many you’re serving. Each pound will serve about 3 people. 
  • Brown sugar: Adds sweetness to the glaze, balancing out the tanginess.
  • Honey: Brings a rich and gooey sweetness to the ham.
  • Dijon mustard: Adds a kick of tanginess to the glaze, cutting through the sweetness.
  • Pineapple juice (or orange juice): Provides a fruity and zesty flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Adds a subtle tanginess and helps balance the sweetness of the glaze.
  • Cinnamon: Infuses a warm and sweet flavor.
  • Cloves: Adds a hint of spice and warmth.

How To Make This Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

Start by preheating your oven to 350ºF. Then line a roasting pan with foil, making sure it's long enough to wrap over the ham.

Spiral-cut ham placed on aluminum foil in a roasting pan.

Unwrap the ham and make sure to drain off any excess broth. Place the ham in the center of the roasting pan.

Ingredients to make honey glaze in a saucepan.
Honey glaze simmering in a saucepan.

In a saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients: brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard, pineapple juice (or orange juice), apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring the mixture to a simmer, letting it go for about 5 minutes until it's reduced by about ⅓ and slightly thickened. It'll thicken more as it cools, so no need to stress.

Honey glaze is poured over the ham in the roasting pan.

Reserve ⅓ cup of the glaze and set it aside. Brush the remaining glaze that is in the saucepan generously over each slice of the ham. Pour any extra over the top. It's all about that flavor infusion.

Wrap the foil over the ham and place it into the preheated oven. Bake it for 15 minutes per pound of ham. Once it's done, take it out, unwrap the foil, and switch your oven to broil.

Brush that reserved glaze over the ham slices. Now, broil for about 5 minutes, but keep a close eye. We're looking for a nice caramelization on top, but don’t let it burn!

The aluminum foil opened to reveal the baked ham.

Take it out of the oven and carefully open the aluminum foil to reveal the delicious baked ham.

What temperature should a spiral sliced ham be cooked to?

A spiral-sliced ham should be cooked to an internal temperature of 140°F. Use a meat thermometer to ensure accuracy, and measure the temperature in the thickest part of the ham without touching the bone. 

Recipe Tips

  • Choose a bone-in spiral-sliced ham for optimal flavor and tenderness. The spiral cut allows the glaze to penetrate the meat, enhancing overall taste.
  • When lining the roasting pan with foil, ensure it's long enough to wrap over the ham completely. This not only simplifies cleanup but also helps retain moisture during baking.
  • While brushing the ham slices with the glaze, be generous. This ensures each bite is infused with the sweet and tangy flavors.
  • During the broiling phase, keep a close eye on the ham. Golden caramelization is the goal, so avoid over-broiling to prevent burning.

Can I use a boneless ham for this recipe?

While the bone-in spiral-sliced ham is recommended for optimal flavor and tenderness, you can use a boneless ham. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as boneless hams may cook faster.

Is it possible to make the glaze in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the glaze in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Reheat it gently on the stove before brushing it onto the ham.

Can I use a slow cooker instead of the oven?

The slow cooker isn't the best choice for this recipe as it may affect the texture. The oven's heat and broiling process contribute to the desired caramelization and flavor infusion.

Slices of honey-glazed ham on a plate.

What To Serve With Baked Ham

If you need some ideas on what to serve with this delicious ham, here are a few of our favorites.

I love this honey-glazed ham recipe because it is so juicy and flavorful with its sweet and tangy glaze. It is perfect for the holidays or any special occasion and makes the best ham sandwiches ever!

Spiral cut honey glazed ham in a baking dish.

Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

Author: Judy Wilson
This sweet and tangy Honey Glazed Ham recipe is for a spiral-cut ham that is tender and flavorful. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 10 pound Bone-in Spiral sliced ham
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Unwrap the ham and drain off any excess broth.
  • Line a roasting pan with foil (long enough pieces to wrap over ham), and place ham in the center.
  • In a saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer for about 5 minutes, until syrup is reduced by about ⅓ and thickened slightly (it will thicken more as it cools).
  • Reserve ⅓ cup of syrup and set aside for caramelizing the ham at the end.
  • Brush the remaining syrup in the saucepan over each slice of ham and pour any extra over the top.
  • Wrap foil over ham, place in preheated oven, and bake for 15 minutes per pound of ham.
  • Remove from the oven and carefully unwrap the foil.
  • Turn oven to broil.
  • Brush reserved syrup over ham, and broil for about 5 minutes, watching carefully until the top is caramelized.
  • Remove from oven and serve as desired.

Notes

Bake time is 15 minutes per pound. A spiral-sliced ham should be cooked to an internal temperature of 140°F. Use a meat thermometer to ensure accuracy, and measure the temperature in the thickest part of the ham without touching the bone. 
 
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