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March 21, 2018

Honey Ham

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A blast from the past, Honey Ham makes a delightful Easter lunch centerpiece. As the ham bakes, the exterior crisps up and the glaze thickens, sweetening the meat from the outside in. When the ham comes out of the oven, it’s all-out divine and the perfect entree for Easter Sunday or any other holiday meal.

Final Ham on a wooden platter, served on a white dish, ready for eating.

I cannot believe spring has sprung and that Easter is this weekend.

Time has absolutely flown since Lady Baby was born.

That being said, the first week March, in which I anxiously waited to go into labor and never did, thus forcing an induction the night of the 8th, was maybe the slowest and most excruciating week of my life. (All you mamas who had to wait, wait, wait, then be induced because you never went into labor? You know how it goes. And for those of y’all who haven’t experienced this? I hope you never do.)

And now, we’re settling into the new normal of parenthood and taking care of our baby, who is by far the cutest thing I have ever seen. Not that I’m biased or anything.

Other Easter Recipes We Adore: Baked Ham with Bourbon Orange Glaze / Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potato Casserole / Roasted Green BeansEaster Fruit BunsBourbon Butter Sweet Potatoes / Carrot Cake Dip with Cinnamon-Sugar Wontons

Honey glaze being poured on a ham before baking

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The final Honey Ham on the baking sheet after coming out of the oven

Ham is a holiday food in my family. We’ll have it once or twice a year tops, usually for Easter and Christmas. (And then we’ll use the leftovers to make fried ham and all sorts of other delectable dishes once the holiday has passed. More on this Monday.)

So today, I’m bringing y’all a family favorite meal with a homemade glaze.

Homemade Honey Baked Ham isn’t challenging to make. Sure, it takes some time, but it’s absolutely delicious! It’s also cheaper than purchasing a honey roasted ham from a specialty store. You also don’t have to place your order for a Homemade Honey Ham weeks in advance OR stand in a crazy long line to pick it up!

And it goes without saying that you know what’s going into your holiday centerpiece, which is pretty great, too, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Honey Ham being served using a large serving fork

How to make Baked Ham with a Mustard Honey Glaze

Bake the Glaze

Preheat the oven, and line a large sheet pan or roasting pan with THREE layers of aluminum foil. This will wrap around the ham.

Place the ham face down on the prepared sheet pan or roasting pan. Cover with the foil, and bake for 2 hours.

(Please note that if your ham is a different size than mine, your baking time will change.)

Make the Glaze

In a saucepan, combine the mustard, sugar and butter.

Heat over medium-low heat until combined, then stir in the honey.

Turn off the heat, and let sit for 10 minutes. It will thicken up, and this is a good thing. 🙂

Glaze the Ham

When the ham finishes its first bake, take it out of the oven and unwrap, and then turn up the heat in the oven.

Brush the glaze over the ham, and place in the oven to bake for an additional hour (to 1.25 hours).

Every 15 minutes, open the oven and liberally coat the ham in glaze as it bakes.

After the ham has been glazed FOUR times, remove the ham from the oven.

Let cool for 15 minutes, then carve and serve warm!

The final Honey Baked Ham on a wooden platter, served on a white dish, ready for eating.

Frequently Asked Questions About Baked Ham

How Big Of A Ham Should I Purchase?

If you’re purchasing bone-in ham, like this recipe suggests, plan for ½ to ¾ lb. per person. You’re estimating for the bone’s weight, and not just how much everyone will eat. For me, I estimate ¾ lb. per person when I serve a bone-in ham because I’d rather have too much than not enough.

If you’re making a boneless ham, plan for ¼ and ½ lb. of meat per person.

Obviously, your group will determine how big the ham needs to be, but you can use these parameters as a guideline.

When in doubt, I always purchase a larger ham because it stores well, can be used in leftovers like Ham Goo Sandwiches and even freezes well.

My ham is a different size than yours. How long am I supposed to bake the ham per pound?

The heating instructions that were included with my spiral ham said to bake the ham for 7-10 minutes per pound.

Depending on the size of your ham, the bake time will change, so you’ll have to do some math.

The key is making sure the internal temperature reaches 120°F.

Pinterest graphic for Honey Ham, including a close up of the ham

What side dishes should I serve with this Honey Ham?

Scroll on down to learn how you can make your own this Easter, Christmas or any other holiday…

Honey Ham
Yield: 16 servings

Honey Ham

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
A blast from the past, Honey Ham makes a delightful Easter lunch centerpiece. As the ham bakes, the exterior crisps up and the glaze thickens, sweetening the meat from the outside in. When the ham comes out of the oven, it's all-out divine and the perfect entree for Easter Sunday.

Ingredients

  • 8.5 lb. bone-in smoked ham
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. On a large sheet pan or a roasting pan lined in three layers of aluminum foil, which you will wrap the ham in, place the ham face down. Cover completely with the foil, and bake for 120 minutes (2 hours).
  3. In a saucepan, make the glaze: Combine the mustard, sugar and butter. Heat over medium-low heat until combined, then stir in the honey. Turn off the heat, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. When the ham has finished its first bake, take it out of the oven and unwrap.
  5. Turn up the heat of the oven to 425°F.
  6. Brush the glaze over the uncovered ham, and place in the oven to bake for an additional hour (to 1.25 hours). Every 15 minutes, open the oven and liberally coat the ham in glaze as it bakes.
  7. After you've glazed the ham 4 times and baked a final time, remove the ham from the oven.
  8. Let cool for 15 minutes, then carve and serve warm!

Notes

My original recipe called for a boneless 4 lb. smoked ham, but I had a hard time finding anything smaller than 8 lbs. at the store recently. If you want to have a smaller or larger ham, your cooking time will change. The ham should bake 15 minutes per pound in the original bake. The glaze step will take the same amount of time.

If making a 4 lb. ham, make sure to cut the glaze measurements in half.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 344 Saturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 123mg Sodium: 2971mg Carbohydrates: 21g Sugar: 21g Protein: 40g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

What traditional recipes does your family make for Easter?

The photos and recipe for this Honey Ham were originally published on April 3, 2015. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post, were updated on March 9, 2018.

14 Comments

  1. Lily Lau

    This dish looks brilliant, thanks for sharing it with us, Erin! 🙂

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Lily! This ham is pretty darn good!

    • Erin

      I’m sorry / You’re welcome…

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  3. Jim

    How long would you cook an eight pound ham

    • Erin

      Hey Jim! That’s a good question, and one that I’m not 100% sure of the answer to. The ham is already smoked (and cooked through), so really, the reason we’re heating it is for the glaze and for the ham to be warm. So I’d say at least the same amount of time as the four pounder (listed above) and probably a bit more since it’s heavier. Sorry I can’t give you an exact estimate! I’d look and see if the ham has any instructions on it for cooking. That might give you a better idea!

  4. Natasha

    When u put the ham back in for the second time do u cover it with the aluminum foil again?

    • Erin

      Hey Natasha! Apologies on the slow response this weekend. Don’t cover it when it goes back into the oven for the second time so it’s easier to baste. I hope that helps!

  5. evie dubois

    Hi, Erin, would an oven bag i.e., Reynolds work as well?

  6. Lisa K

    Preparing to make this for Easter. Found the recipe via YUMMLY which lists a 1lb ham. Please edit the ingredients accordingly. Thanks.

    • Erin

      Hi Lisa. So happy you’re preparing to make this for Easter!

      I have no idea why Yummly lists a 1 lb. ham as an ingredient, as I have never used a ham that small for this recipe. That said, if you’ve got a 1 lb. ham, you can certainly still make this recipe! Per my notes above, “The ham should bake 15 minutes per pound in the original bake. The glaze step will take the same amount of time.” Then I’d make 1/4 or 1/8 of the glaze instead of the whole batch for a 1 lb. ham.

      I hope that helps and that you and yours have a very happy Easter.

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