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Honey Baked Ham Recipe Ideas for
Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas (or just because!)

There's no holiday centerpiece like a perfect honey baked ham recipe.

Sure, turkey is traditional for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but... come on. How can a simple bird compete with the incredible flavor of a well-cooked, well-seasoned ham?

The recipes below are perfect for that Easter ham (or any holiday ham), or just for a special Sunday evening.

Making a honey baked ham recipe for Easter? Then our Easter Bunny Cake would make a perfect centerpiece for it-- and have your guests drooling for dessert while they enjoy Easter dinner. Or visit my ham dinner menu page for more ham glazes and recipes!

Spiced Honey Baked Ham Recipe

Copycat of the Famous Honey Baked Ham Recipe- Yum!You know that expensive ham you buy every year as a treat for your family? The one with the salty, moist meat, the crisp-sweet coating, and tons of flavor throughout? Well, this recipe tastes just like it. All you need to get a copycat of that incredible caramelized coating? Use a little handheld butane blowtorch-- it's the secret for a perfect honey baked ham recipe.

Don't have handheld torch? Follow the instructions below, but add the sugar mixture about 10-15 minutes before the end of the cook time, and finish under the broiler to get a crisp coating. Not quite as good, but still excellent!

One 7 lb. ham serves 15-20 people, generally. Depending on how much your family likes to eat!

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1 fully-cooked, spiral cut shank half ham, bone in (about 7 lb.)
1/2 cup pear juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 C. honey
3/4 C. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. paprika
pinch ground ginger
pinch ground allspice

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

2. In a small bowl, combine honey, pear juice, and orange juice.

3. Place ham (with the flat cut end facing down) in a large baking dish. Pour juice mixture over.

4. Cover with foil and cook until warmed through (since the ham is pre-cooked, all you need to do is get it hot), about 1 1/2 hours. Baste with juices every 15 minutes or so.

5. Meanwhile, combine sugar and spices in a small bowl.

6. When ham is cooked through (internal temp. should reach about 140 degrees F), sprinkle the outside liberally with your dry sugar mixture.

7. Using a butane torch, carmaelize the sugar mixture on all sides. Careful not to burn yourself or your baking dish! If possible, it's a good idea to set your ham on waxed paper before sprinkling on sugar and torching. Figure out whatever works for you.

8. Watch your guests and family devour this perfect honey baked ham recipe.

Super Simple Honey Baked Ham Recipe

You don't have to go all-out to get a perfect honey baked ham recipe for Easter or Christmas. If you're short on time (or don't feel like getting a torch and going through the trouble of the recipe above), this is definitely your best option. Easy, sweet, tasty, and oh-so impressive.

One 7 lb. ham serves 15-20 people, generally. Depending on how much your family likes to eat.

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1 (7 lb.) fully cooked, spiral sliced ham, bone-in
6 oz. honey
3/4 C. packed brown sugar

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Place ham in a roasting pan.

3. With a kitchen brush or your hands, pour honey over ham. Using your hands, pat brown sugar down over honey, distributing evenly. Press firmly.

4. Cover ham and bake about 1 1/2 hours (or until interior temp. reaches about 140 degrees F), basting occasionally with ham/honey juices.

Drunken Clove-Whiskey Honey Baked Ham Recipe

Slices of Whiskey Basted Honey Baked Ham RecipeSure, this honey baked ham recipe is sweet... but it's also a little naughty, too. The alcohol in the whiskey evaporates away as the ham cooks, of course... but leaves all its wonderful flavor behind. This recipe is quick, simple, and incredibly delicious. You'll want to use whole cloves for a regular ham, and ground cloves for a spiral sliced.

One 7 lb. ham serves about 15-20 people.

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1 (7 lb.) fully cooked, bone-in ham
3/4 C. honey
2 tbsp. bourbon
handful of whole cloves (or 1/2 tsp. ground cloves)

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

2. If not spiral sliced, score and stud ham generously with whole cloves, as desired.

3. In a small bowl, stir together honey, bourbon, and ground cloves (if using).

4. Place ham cut-end down in a baking dish. Pour or brush honey-bourbon mixture over. You'll want to leave about half for the end.

5. Cover and bake about 1 hour and 30-45 minutes, or until heated through.

6. Remove foil and raise oven temperature to 425 degrees F.

7. Brush ham with the rest of the honey mixture. Bake 10 minutes, or until golden.

8. Remove from pan and pour honey/ham juices over before serving.

You'll fine more ideas for a honey baked ham recipe here, along with some great ham dinner menus!

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