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A large spiral ham is sitting on a bed of greenery and white platter waiting to be served for the holidays.
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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Honey Glaze

Delicious roasted ham covered in a brown sugar honey glaze with just a hint of warming spices.  Anybody can bake ham with this simple recipe and turn out a perfect oven baked ham for the holidays or a nice Sunday dinner.
COOKING TIME: Please remember that ham takes 12-15 minutes per pound so you will need to calculate how long the ham will take to cook based on the size of ham that you bought.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar honey glaze, how to bake a ham, how to cook a honey baked ham, how to cook a ham in the oven, ham glaze
Servings: 15
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker


  • 1 7-11 pound bone in ham spiral cut or whole (for larger hams, make a double batch of glaze)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove


  • Preheat oven to 275 F. Pour 2 cups of water into the roasting pan and place the rack in the pan.
  • Remove all packaging from ham including any clear plastic over the bone.
  • Place ham flat / open side down on the rack of a roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil.
  • Roast at 275 F for 12-15 minutes per pound until the coolest part of the ham is 140 F with a thermometer.
  • Remove the ham from oven and increase temp to 425 F. Discard the foil covering the ham.
  • Microwave the brown sugar and honey for 30 seconds. Stir the mixture and add the cinnamon and clove. Microwave another 30 seconds until the glaze is liquid.
  • Brush or spoon half the glaze over the ham. Bake at 425 F. for 5 minutes. Brush or spoon the rest of the glaze over the ham and bake for 5 additional minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before transferring to a serving platter.


Cooking Time:  Cooking time will very depending on the size of the ham and the type of ham you buy. Leave some extra time to make sure you have enough. If it is done early you can always tent the ham with foil and let it rest for a longer time before glazing it.
Choosing a Ham:  Know what to look for to pick a great ham! 
  •  Water Content - Always read the label before buying a ham. Many have a large amount of water added which means you are buying a lot of water and less meat. For this reason I often choose the Kirkland spiral cut ham at Costco. It is labeled as a “natural juices” ham which means it has less than 8% additional water from the brining process. It is still tender and juicy after roasting. A Cooks ham can contain 23% added water which means that ¼ of your ham is actually water. Also the more water in the ham, the less like lovely ham flavor you get.
  • Full Ham or Shank or Butt??? Hams come as giant full hams with shank and butt end attached – usually about 15 pounds! Or they come as either shank or butt. The Shank portion has more fat and is easier to carve. Many people prefer the flavor of this because of the additional fat. The butt end is usually leaner but more difficult to carve because of the bone structure. You will have to get in there a bit with your fingers.  Bottom line choose the type of ham you buy based on how BIG of a ham you need and how you want to carve it. 


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg