This honey butter-brushed glazed ham recipe is then baked in the oven or slow cooker before being drizzled with a sweet pineapple brown sugar glaze. The ham has a perfectly caramelized top and is juicy and flavorful.
You'll quickly understand why it's worth the trouble to make glazed ham from scratch rather than using the packet of glaze that typically comes with the ham once you taste the difference! You won't ever use a packet again. It is in no way comparable to this recipe.
A mouthwatering honey butter mixture is brushed on the ham at the beginning, and a sweet brown sugar/pineapple glaze is applied at the end. Do you have any better ideas?
How to Make It
- Brush the honey butter mixture over the ham and inside the crevices of the slices. Make sure to get into the cracks between the ham slices as you apply the honey butter mixture to the ham. Place a roasting rack on top of the ham and add pineapple juice to the roasting pan. Wrap the pan in foil loosely, sealing the edges.
- Per pound of ham, bake at 275°F for 15 minutes. Place half of the brown sugar mixture on top of the ham and rack before setting them aside.
- To the pan juice/pineapple drippings, mix in the remaining brown sugar mixture. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and then gently bubble until reduced and thickened. To make the ham's top caramelize, brush it with the glaze of your choice and place it under the broiler for up to 5 minutes.
How Long to Cook a Fully Cooked Ham
- 13–15 minutes in the oven at 275°F for each pound of ham. It takes around 2 hours to cook an 8-pound ham.
- 4-5 hours on low in a crock pot for an 8–9 lb. ham.
How Much Ham Per Person
- For bone-in ham, allow ¾ lb., and for boneless, ½ lb. per person.
How to Make Ham Glaze From Scratch
- Pineapple juice, pan drippings, brown sugar, white sugar, and a spice mixture of cinnamon, ground clove, paprika, nutmeg, allspice, and ground ginger are combined to create this glaze.
- In the roasting pan, the mixture is whisked, heated to a boil, and then reduced to a simmer. It gently bubbles and concentrates/thickens until the desired consistency is reached.
- Finally, it is brushed on top of the ham and caramelized under the broiler.
- These directions are for a precooked or presmoked ham that has been identified as such on the label.
- Preserve the ham bone! Making lentil soup, ham and bean soup, and pea soup with it is a breeze. The bone can be frozen and used another day.
- For ham recipes to make with leftovers and side dish ideas to go with this ham, look through my collection.
- For up to 3 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer, store in an airtight container. (Ham slices leftovers freeze well and taste great in omelets, soups, and casseroles!)
Glazed Ham (Oven or Crock Pot!)
- 1 bone-in spiral sliced half ham
- ¼ cup pineapple juice, see notes
- 4 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon mustard powder
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground clove
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- Pinch allspice
- Pinch ground ginger
- Note: These instructions are for a ham that has already been cooked/smoked, which is marked as such on the label.
- Make room for the roasting pan in the oven, you may need to move a rack down one notch. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
- Pour the pineapple juice on the bottom of the roasting pan and place a roasting rack on top.
- Rinse the ham and pat it dry. Place it on the top of the rack.
- Combine 4 Tablespoons Melted butter, 2 Tablespoons honey, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon mustard powder. Brush it over the top of the ham and into the crevices of the slices.
- Cover the pan loosely with foil, making sure to seal the edges around the pan. Bake for 15 minutes per pound of ham. (8 pounds = 2 hours.)
- Combine the glaze ingredients while the ham bakes and set it aside.
- Remove the ham from the oven. Take the foil and place it on a heat-safe surface. Place the rack with the ham on top of the foil. Sprinkle half of the sugar glaze mixture over the top of the ham.
- Transfer the roasting pan (with drippings) to the stove and stir in remaining sugar glaze ingredients. Whisk to combine. Bring it to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Whisk continuously and let it bubble gently until desired thickness is obtained. Remove from heat and transfer the glaze to a heat-safe bowl.
- Place the rack with the ham back in the roasting pan.
- Brush desired amount of glaze over the ham, you don’t have to use it all.
- Broil at 450 for up to 5 minutes to allow the top to caramelize, watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn. (Alternatively, you can use a heating gun to caramelize the top, link in notes.)
- Serve with side dishes of choice, including potato salad, mashed potatoes, twice baked potato casserole, and corn casserole.
- Have leftovers? Check out all of my ham recipes here.