Copycat Honey Baked Ham Recipe

In our family, we generally got a major Honey Baked Ham for these special seasons… a ham for Easter and either a ham or turkey bosom for Thanksgiving. One of my family members used to work for Honey Baked, so we could score them at an entirely decent markdown… however even with that decrease in value, they were still quite costly!

A 8 lb bone down the middle ham (like you can discover in most markets), from Honey Baked will run you over $75. Seventy Five!!! That is a 300% markup from what I can purchase at my supermarket.

So why not spare some genuine money this occasion, and make your own adaptation at home!

Copycat Honey Baked Ham

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Recipe by thechunkychef Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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There are a lot of recipes for copycat honey baked hams, but the best comes from a book full of “secret” recipes by Todd Wilbur.


  • 8 lb bone-in spiral sliced half ham

  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted

  • 3 Tbsp honey

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/2 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


  • 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!


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