HoneyBaked Ham (Copycat)

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HoneyBaked Ham (Copycat) made with honey, sugar and delicious spices is crispy, sweet, smoky and delicious like your favorite ham without the price tag!

HoneyBaked Ham (Copycat) made with honey, sugar and delicious spices is crispy, sweet, smoky and delicious like your favorite ham without the price tag!The PERFECT HoneyBaked Ham Copycat

HoneyBaked Ham was one of the most classic holiday memories I had as a kid (other than the day after Thanksgiving tree buying). We would call in the order for the ham and I couldn’t wait to go to the store with my mom to get that beautiful wrapped ham. No matter what else was on the tables of food, everyone would go straight to the ham.

I still love Honeybaked Hams and they even have a HoneyBaked turkey breast too. The thing I’m not a huge fan of now? The price and the lines. As a kid I never worried about the cost, and apparently I loved the lines.

This ham was just over 9 pounds which would’ve cost me almost $80 had I ordered it. I paid $15 for mine including all the ingredients to prepare it and it only took about 10 minutes of active work.

As a food blogger we celebrate holiday foods earlier than most people so we had people over for Christmas dinner two weeks ago to enjoy this meal and they all requested we make it again for our holiday parties (that happen on the actual holidays, haha).

Perfect Honeybaked Ham copycat with almost no effort!

Tips for making this HoneyBaked Ham Copycat:

  • Carefully place the ham into your slow cooker. If it is too big for your slow cooker trim the bottom of the ham as needed.
  • Dry the top of the ham well with a paper towel so the honey you add to the top adheres best.
  • Fan out the slices a bit when adding the honey so it gets between the slices, then you can press it back together before cooking.
  • Don’t let the topping boil longer than written, the less liquid the harder it will be to pour evenly over the ham and the drier the topping will be when cooked.
  • If you want each slice to have topping fan out the slices a bit as soon as it comes out of the oven (with a fork! Don’t burn your fingers on the sugar).

Don’t forget you will probably have a lot left over. May I humbly recommend my Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup or a Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup for any leftovers you may have? Make the slow cooker do all the heavy lifting!

HoneyBaked Ham made at home for $15 instead of $80 and it tastes exactly the same!!

Does HoneyBaked Ham use honey in the ham? Yes, but they use a powdered honey (which I have and tried) but for the purposes of a side by side taste comparison you can make this dish taste EXACTLY the same without the powdered honey.

How do you prepare honey baked ham? In the slow cooker you cook on low for 3 hours before glazing and broiling.

How do you cook a Honey Baked Ham in a oven? Put in a large covered dutch oven at 225 degrees for 3 hours before glazing and broiling.

How do you glaze a precooked ham? Warm the ham in the oven or slow cooker for 3 hours before adding on the glaze and broiling.

But what about the blowtorches? Yes, to be authentic, you’d add the glaze then torch it onto the ham. I own several torches for kitchen use, I tested it with the torch and what I can tell you is the added risk does not outweigh the added flavor. The broiler is your friend here, avoid the torch. If you do use the torch I would caution against using it outdoors. Wind, when working with a torch, can create an unsafe situation. I feel like I should just mention this again, I highly recommend the broiler method.

The perfectly glazed honey baked ham without the high costs! Made in the slow cooker and finished under the broiler!

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Tools used in the making of this HoneyBaked Ham Copycat:
Aluminum Insert Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. This allows for the ham to be caramelized in the same slow cooker it cooked in.
AllSpice Spice Rack: I use this spice rack and fill up the bottles with freshly purchased spices.
Honey: The best deal on honey you’re going to find online that you know for sure is real honey, only $4 a pound. Or buy it in the store for even less!

Recipe

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HoneyBaked Ham (Copycat)

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  • Yield: 16 Servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
HoneyBaked Ham (Copycat) made with honey, sugar and delicious spices is crispy, sweet, smoky and delicious like your favorite ham without the price tag!

Ingredients

  • 1 pre-cooked ham 8-9 pounds, bone-in and spiral sliced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Put the ham in the slow cooker (with aluminum insert) and drizzle with honey.
  2. Cook on low for 3 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to broil.
  4. In a saucepan add the sugar, onion powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, paprika and 6 tablespoons of liquid from the bottom of the slow cooker.
  5. Heat on high heat, to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute.

  6. Pour half the topping onto the skin side of the ham.
  7. Put the aluminum insert (if you don't have one with an aluminum insert, remove the ham to a cookie sheet and use that in the oven) in the oven.
  8. With the door open watch for bubbling and when it starts to inflate a little and get bubbly (20-30 seconds), pull it out of the oven.
  9. Pour over the remaining glaze and cook for another 20-30 seconds.
  10. If you want the slices to be glazed individually Pull them apart before the sugar sets into a crust.
  11. You can serve warm, room temperature or cold.

Recipe Notes

Referenced a bunch of pages online, but the recipe is definitely a version of Even More Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur who was the original source from the online versions I referenced.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 16 Servings, Amount per serving: 120 calories, Serving Size: 2 , Calories: 120g

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HoneyBaked Ham (Copycat) made with honey, sugar and delicious spices is crispy, sweet, smoky and delicious like your favorite ham without the price tag!
The easiest holiday ham ever and you'll save a ton of money because this is the BEST Honeybaked Ham Copycat ever!

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  1. My Aunt actually works at HoneyBaked Ham, so we get ours with a big discount, and it’s STILL more expensive than making it at home!  This is a perfect solution 🙂

  2. Tried this for Thanksgiving as my family doesn’t like turkey very much. We loved the flavor and will be trying this recipe again, but I plan on changing a few things next time. The broiler wasn’t hot enough to give it that beautiful looking crust in the picture even though it was at the highest setting on my home oven and I left it in for a few minutes both times. I think I’ll try blow torching it next time to give it that high heat to caramelize the sugar and give it the crust. I also replaced 1/4 a cup of the white sugar with brown which was AWESOME, but aired on the sweet side with all the honey and sugar so I think next I’ll do a cup and a half of white, a tablespoon of brown, and definitely a little salt for balance. The spices otherwise were perfect and very holiday forward. Pretty darn close to the real thing, and highly recommended.

    Rating: 4
    1. When was it dry? In the slow cooker it should’ve been very moist. If you find that your topping was too hard/dry it means you cooked it too long. You can add some water and cook an additional few seconds to bring it back to a more liquid form then top the ham with it. If you already topped it with the dry topping, brush on some warm water to help spread it. Then put it under the broiler.

    1. Yes, you can do that just put it in a large covered dutch oven at 225 degrees for 3 hours before glazing and broiling. Enjoy!

  3. You don’t say how high the oven temp. All though I presume 450 for such a short time. How long would you do an uncooked 4 lb boneless ham?

    I tried the slow cooker with a uncooked?? ham but didn’t get to try it, it was all gone last week at the party.

    1. The recipe is for a cooked spiral ham, to warm and tenderize it a bit more. It would be entirely different for uncooked pork. Also the topping doesn’t have a number specific temperature because it is set to broil. You’d need a different recipe for a raw piece of pork. But once cooked through you can definitely top with the same topping and broil for the same time period to get the crust.

  4. My slow cooker does not have an aluminum insert, but a stoneware one.  Will this recipe work out alright in stoneware?  Are there adjustments to be made?

    1. So sorry but your question was stuck in my spam folder 🙁 I’m sure it’s too late now but for the future, yes, you can use what you have just remember to switch the ham over to a cookie sheet before placing it in the oven.

  5. I just found my new favorite site.. your recipes look delish. Esp this Honeybaked ham copycat recipe. We dont have the resturant here on my island so ive never had the original version. But i heard about it and wanted to get my chops on it for awhile. So im stoked to find ur site. I know it will be a hit at our party..
    Mahalo for sharing and Mele Kalikimaka …

  6. Do you put any liquid in with the ham in the slow cooker? Recipe mentions 6 tablespoons of liquid from the bottom of the slow cooker.

    Thank you.

    Debbie

    1. No liquid added for this recipe. The ham will breakdown during the cooking process and release liquids to be able to scoop out at the end. Hope this helps clear up any confusion. Enjoy!

  7. Any tips on how long to slow cook if I can’t get a ham that large?  All I could find were 2,  2.5 pound hams, uncut, with the bone removed… i thought I’d try slicing them thin myself and then slow cooking for 1.5 hours… I know it isn’t your recipe but what do you think? 

    1. I think it should work but the slicing is what I’d be more concerned with. Having the spiral cut is what makes this so easy.

  8. I don’t have an aluminum insert cooker. I have a crock pot.
    Mine is ….um…..crock? ceramic? White and Something not metal. Lol

  9. This recipe was perfect, but I didn’t have a large enough crock pot (and not with a aluminum insert). I put the ham in a cooking bag and cooked in the oven. Followed the recipe and it turned out wonderful! Everyone raved about it. … Thinking of doing a “repeat” for Easter!

    Rating: 5
  10. Can I make the glaze up ahead of time and put it on the ham when ready? Or does it harden up too much after sitting? Thanks!

    1. The glaze requires some liquid from the bottom of the slow cooker where the ham has cooked down so you’ll need to wait until at least then to make it. Just give it a good stir before using.

  11. so delicious. a huge hit for Easter this year for 1/4 of the price. very easy. I did not have a large enough crock pot…so I used a oven bag, and I couldn’t fit the ham in the broiler so just high heat to get the glaze, and it was so good. I will make it again…..everyone loved it.

    Rating: 5
  12. I did not have time to stand an hour and a half in line for a Honey Baked ham this year so I Googled copycat recipes and found yours. Although I need practice with the crust (my broiler was not hot enough so I think I’ll try my kitchen blowtorch next time) it turned out awesome! the flavor was spot -ON! I will definitely be adding this to my family recipe book. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Rating: 5
  13. I actually work at Honeybaked Ham. There’s no lines during the holidays. Plus you can always buy ham slices (less of a price)

    Anyways, the only way you’ll get the glazing right is with an actual blowtorch, which is what we use in house. It’s like a créme brûlée. 7 layers of sugar, and then the spice on top for the final layer.

  14. Totally love this recipe! I use to work at Honey baked ham and know the ins and outs of everything.This is so easy compared to making them there.The only thing the blow torch was for was to turn the sugar and spices to liquid as it passed through the torch to instantly harden on the cold hams so we could avoid heating them at all.I have found many ways to get the flavors at home similar to that great company,from sides to ribs to turtle cheesecake.This one is definitely a keeper for everyone out there.Great job!

  15. Fabulous! Use the blowtorch! Its easy, gives you control, and you can her call sides. I double coat mine. Its so good with even an inexpensive spiral sliced ham. I had help with the blow torch glazing step, one poured and drizzled and just helped to make sure it was safe and not burnt. Now that I know his easy it is, I’m confident on my own. Check out YouTube for videos on pros torching the hams. Do it! Its so easy and will save you a ton of money!