One of my very favorite slow-cooker recipes is the Honey Baked Glazed Ham. It’s perfect for a big family, a gathering, a holiday, or a celebration. It feeds over 20 people, it freezes well, and it’s so versatile, it can be used with so many other recipes, such as soups and sandwiches. I like to use the bone for broth in bean soup too. This recipe we’re sharing with you today is a sweet, smokey honey baked ham recipe that tastes just like the original Honey Baked Ham, except better. It costs way less and it makes your house smell amazing.
Purchasing a Honey Baked Ham can cost around $80-$100. Using this recipe, you can purchase a pre-cooked ham at your local store for around $30, and you likely already have the other ingredients on hand, so this is a significant saving.
The prep time is simple and only takes a few minutes. The rich sauce is easy to make, and it seeps into the ham, making each bite sweet and delicious. The trick with this recipe is slow-cooking the ham to give it that perfect golden caramelized crust while keeping the ham juicy. You can serve this ham hot, warm, or room temperature. When you cut slices to serve, be sure to drizzle a bit of the honey glaze sauce over each serving.
Honey Baked Glazed Ham Recipe
- Slow Cooker
- 1 pre-cooked ham 8-9 pounds, bone-in, and spiral sliced
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 cups white granulated sugar
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground clove
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- Place the ham in the slow cooker (with aluminum insert) and drizzle with honey. Cook on low for 3 hours.
- Just before the ham is finished cooking, Preheat the oven to broil.
- 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. Heat on high heat to a rolling boil, and boil for about 1 minute.
- Pour half of the topping onto the skin side of the ham.
- 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. With the door open watch for bubbling and when it starts to inflate a little and get bubbly, pull it out of the oven. It should be about 30 seconds.
- Pour over the remaining glaze and cook for another 30 seconds or so.
- Slice and serve hot.
- Be sure to keep a close watch on the ham while it is under the broiler. Don’t leave it. Take it out of the oven once the sugar is bubbly and caramelized.
- The sugar topping is going to be very hot when it comes out of the oven. Don’t be tempted to touch it or you’ll burn your finger.
- You can serve the ham slices hot, room temperature, or cold. I prefer it hot when it's just finished cooking, and later, cold in sandwiches.
What is your favorite way to use the honey baked ham leftovers? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.