{The Best} Copy-Cat Honey Baked Ham Recipe

As seen on My Recipe Magic!

Once you taste this Copy-Cat Honey Baked Ham Recipe, I promise, you will not want to pay for another expensive Honey Baked Ham again! It’s the absolute BEST!!!!!!

I’m for realz!

The ingredients for this recipe came from Copy Kat Recipes, the technique came from me.

I did not want to mess with, nor did I have a blow torch to use, like the original copy-cat recipe called for.  So, I made a syrup and broiled the ham instead. I just love how it turned out.

A. maz. ing!

I know I will never pay for another Honey Baked Ham! Ever.

Copy-Cat Honey Baked Ham

1 bone-in spiral sliced pre-cooked ham (un-sliced also works)
2 cups white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly ground if possible)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 to 4 Tablespoons water

Score outside of ham into diamond shapes and place in crock-pot. Add about 2 cups of water to bottom of pot. Heat on low for about 3 hours until heated through.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pan. Add enough water until you get a thick syrup (about 2 to 4 Tablespoons). Bring the syrup to a boil on the stove top. Boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat.

Remove ham from crock-pot and place in a foil lined baking pan. Baste ham with syrup. Place ham in oven and broil at 500° for 1 to 3 minutes until syrup starts to bubble. Keep an eye on the ham while it is in the oven. Do not leave ham in oven unattended as it will burn quickly! Remove ham from oven and serve.

To print this recipe click Copy Cat Honey Baked Ham.

Just look at all that crusted, sugary goodness!!! Oh my!

This is so easy, and the results are out of this world! My family could not stop talking about how good this ham was.

We spent about $15 on our large (around 8 or 9 lbs.) ham. The smallest (6 lb). ham from Honey Baked Ham is $58.95, and the largest (10 lb.) ham is $78.95. Say wha?! That is quite the mark up!

Go save yourself some moola and make your own DIY Honey Baked Ham this year.

You will probably be so excited, and will want to express your thanks by buying me expensive gifts. No need to do that!

Just, send some ham!

No really. *ahem*

Just kidding…

Sorta:D

Enjoy!

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{The Best} Copy-Cat Honey Baked Ham Recipe — 45 Comments

  1. Made this tonight for Christmas dinner, pretty much exactly as written (just did the heated the ham in the oven instead of the crockpot). It was AWESOME. Definitely a keeper.

  2. I made this for Christmas dinner (2012) and it was the best ham I have ever tasted! I thank you for this recipe and will forever more be our holiday dish!

    • Actually no. Lol! I know it sounds funny. I tried making this with honey, but it was just too sweet. It’s weird, I know. You can try a little honey in the water when you heat the ham, if you like. We like it without, and I think it tastes more like the original “Honey Baked Ham” without the honey. :D

  3. We do this but put the spices and stuff on like a dry rub then use the blow torch ( true ! good way
    to get the hubby involved ha ha ) comes out nice and crunchy and gooey.

  4. THANK YOU!!!! I’m responsible for making our Easter ham this year and decided to do a practice run with your recipe. My mother and grandmother who are both tough critics both loved this ham! I will definitely make this for Easter and any other time I make a ham! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  5. Honey Baked Hams only cost so much because it takes two people 4 hours to make the delicious sugary crust. They do this by hand, one shakes on the sugar and spices, and the other blow torches. If spending $100 on a ham employs American people and not robots, I’ll totally pay that much for a ham.

  6. Kristin…. Your a little over the top. If your going to let someone else do your cooking, why even be on this site! Two people and a blow torch…….lol

  7. In my area, a Honey Baked ham cost 8.99/lb. I really can’t justify spending over $80 on a 10lb ham no matter how many American people they employ, sorry. I will however be trying out this recipe, which I originally found on that Copy Kat website, but I’m sticking with the butane torch. I’m a little worried at how sweet it will turn out as the only spiral hams available to me are pre glazed. Ill probably tweak the recipe a bit as well.

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  9. I made this recipe for Easter and everyone loved it! I stayed to your recipe exactly and I couldn’t have been happier with the results! My husband is still bragging on his wife’s cooking! That is the only thing my two year old ate on Easter! Thank you for an easy and very enjoyable recipe! God Bless!

    • Actually, I need to re-word that a bit. If you are using a spiral cut ham, you don’t need to worry about this part. If you are using an uncut ham then you will want to score the outside of the ham. When you score meat you simply take a knife and run it along the outside of the ham in rows. First in rows horizontally, and then vertically, this will create diamond shapes. You just want to cut through the fat and down into the top layer of meat, so you are not cutting in real deep. This scoring allows for the fat and seasonings to be able to cook down into the meat so it will be more flavorful. Hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by! :D

  10. Thanksgiving is approaching fast and I just had a question about what exactly goes in the crockpot is it just the water and cook on high for three hours then combine all the other ingidients for the crust ? Just want to make sure I am reading this right ! Thank you and can’t wait to try this !!!!

    Desiree

      • I’m not sure what you mean by “crock pot” for three hours on high.
        I find it had to believe that sitting the ham in a boiling bath will take three hours to heat it.
        Perhaps you are talking about a slow cooking crock? If so why not just a pot with an inch or so of water on the stove top until heated?

  11. I was just wondering if adding ‘enough water’ (2 to 4 tablespoons) is enough to allow the 2 cups of sugar plus all the dry ingredients to become a thick syrup? Am I missing something or over-reading the directions? Thanks and I am excited to try this in a few weeks!

  12. I met a lady at Aldi’s last week and she shared your recipe with me. I am making it now. I just wanted to say thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and the lady who shared it with me. I will let you know how it turns out:)

  13. Hi Liz,
    Doing it in the oven did u wrap in foil and place in pan with rack and water at bottom?I want to try in oven but not sure on proceeder. Thanks Carla

    • Hi Carla,
      If you want to heat your ham in the oven, just place it in a pan with a little water in the bottom, cover and bake until heated through. (Not sure how long, or what temp as I don’t heat mine in the oven. I would guess a medium temp for about 45min? Someone else might be able to give you a better answer on the temp and time.) After the ham is heated through, follow the recipe above for the glaze. Enjoy! :D

    • When making mine in the oven (which I don’t do anymore because the crockpot is even better with keeping it from drying and just making it fall apart fab) I use to do a low setting around 250 for a few hours or even lower say 100 for a few hours and baste it every 30 mins. This kept it from drying out and warmed it slowly.

  14. I made this fabulous Ham for Easter last year and I agree it’s a perfect copycat. For all we know its the real deal and how they might even make the real ones! My family also couldn’t believe how good it was. I’ve been just WAITING to make another! Christmas Ham here I come! I’ve never been so excited over Ham.. Until I made this. Delish!

  15. Make this tonight for dinner. WOW! Delicious! Excellent! This recipe is a keeper for sure! With the leftovers I will be making Scalloped Potatoes tomorrow! Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous recipe!

  16. I’ve made this several times. Hands down the best recipe! Tastes exactly like honey baked hams. I will never pay outrageous prices again for them :-) Thank you for sharing with all of us!!

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