Honey Brown Sugar Ham Recipe (with Video)

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A delicious brown sugar ham recipe for the holidays, this Brown Sugar Honey Ham caramelizes in the oven, making it the perfect recipe if you like your holiday ham sweet and savoury.

Think grocery store hams are boring? Think again with this succulent and sweet Brown Sugar Honey Ham recipe, an oven-baked ham that will change everything you thought you knew about boneless ham

Brown Sugar Honey Ham Recipe

Growing up, I had never been a big fan of salty grocery store hams.

I loved the ham when it was used in leftovers, but on it’s own, it was overly salty and not too exciting.

However, boneless grocery store hams are often way cheaper than spiral hams or butcher hams and they’re readily available year round, so I wanted to try something a little different to make an affordable boneless ham delicious and exciting. Enter: Honey Caramel Ham.

Honey-caramel ham. Just saying it makes my mouth water. A decadent, savoury-sweet holiday treat, this Easter ham recipe has changed my mind about boneless hams.. I’m craving another just writing about it…

OK, I’ll give you the recipe first, and then I’ll go make another. Let’s make this quick!

Now, if you’re willing to splurge, you can of course use this recipe for a spiral ham or butcher-style ham. The cooking times are going to be different, so adjust accordingly.

Butcher-style hams also sometimes require you to trim or render the excess fat, so using a prepared boneless ham would be easier when you’re managing several holiday dishes at once.

The honey and brown sugar in this recipe combine to create a light caramel sauce that seals in the juices of this ham and creates a slightly sticky coating. You can cook the ham under the broiler for the last few minutes of the cooking time to harden that caramel coating, if desired.

Make sure you have a reliable meat thermometer when making this recipe. You want the ham to reach 145ºF – it will raise a few degrees while resting after you take it out of the oven.

If you’re looking for some tasty side dishes to serve with your ham, check out:

And, if you’re looking for recipes to use up that leftover ham in, check out:

This Honey Brown Sugar Ham recipe is one of the 32 recipes, crafts and decor ideas included in our free Easter Planning Ebook available to our e-mail subscribers:


Check out our quick video to see how to make our honey brown sugar ham recipe – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card.

(We used a smaller, family-sized ham in the video but the method is still the same. The recipe as written makes enough glaze for a large, holiday ham of approximately 5-7lb but you can reduce or increase the recipe measurements according to your serving needs.)

 

How to make the best oven baked ham recipe

How to Make a Honey-Caramel Ham

First, gather your ingredients and tools:

  • Brown sugar
  • Honey – can be swapped for maple syrup
  • Water
  • Boneless Ham – this recipe is written for a 5-7lb ham. For a larger ham, you may need to increase the recipe and cooking time)

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First, you’re going to want to “score” your ham by using the paring knife to cut a grid-like pattern into your ham, at least half an inch deep. If you’re using a ham similar to mine, you can follow most of the lines, but I skipped every second line on the horizontal cuts.

Add a cup of water to the bottom of the pan to prevent scorching the pan or drying out the ham.

Meanwhile, combine the honey, brown sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, about 5-8 minutes. You can stir the mixture a bit at first to encourage the ingredients to mix, but try to resist the urge as the honey-brown sugar mixture is thickening into a caramel as that can actually increase the chances of it burning. Once the mixture is thickened and starting to bubble, remove it immediately from the heat.

Honey-caramel ham recipe - an amazing Easter ham recipe that will convert anyone to a ham-lover! Would you just look at that gorgeous glaze, how is this recipe going to be anything other than amazing with that being poured on it?

Pour the honey-caramel mixture into a glass measuring cup for ease and pour on top of the ham. It should run into those cuts and create a thick layer of sticky caramel over the whole ham.

Using a spoon, scoop up some of the honey-caramel mixture from the pan (or from the measuring cup) and pour it into any of the cuts that you think the caramel didn’t flow into. There’s no such thing as too much glaze or caramel goodness with this recipe, so definitely err on the side of over-saturating some areas rather than missing any.

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Cover with tinfoil and bake at 325F, about 15-20 minutes per pound.

Check with the meat thermometer about 2/3 through the cooking time to get an idea as to how much longer your ham needs. You don’t want to risk over-cooking, which can happen if your oven runs too hot or the water evaporates through a hole in the lid or tinfoil.

Use the time that the honey-caramel ham is baking to prepare your other holiday dishes.

Once the ham reaches an internal temperature of 145F. Pull it out of the oven and let it rest at least 10 minutes.

If you like a blackened, crispy edge to your ham – remove the tinfoil and set the oven to broil for a couple minutes.

After letting the ham set for a bit after removing from the oven, spoon any extra honey caramel glaze (from the pan) over the ham for a last bit of a sweetness and moisture.

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And there you have it! This Honey-Caramel ham is sweet and savoury, a decadent main dish for your holiday celebrations – or just a special supper! (Look at the bottom of the post for a free printable recipe.)

 

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If you like your Easter ham sweet and savoury, this Brown Sugar Honey Ham is perfect for you! Just three ingredients and minimal prep result in the perfect holiday ham!

Here’s your free printable Honey-Caramel Ham recipe:

Yield: 5-7 lb ham, 15 servings

Honey-Caramel Ham Recipe

A delicious recipe for a brown sugar-honey ham that is perfectly sweet and succulent.

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 24 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 5-7lb boneless ham

Instructions

  1. First, you're going to want to "score" your ham by using the paring knife to cut a grid-like pattern into your ham, at least half an inch deep.
  2. Add a cup of water to the bottom of the pan to prevent scorching the pan or drying out the ham.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the honey, brown sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, about 5-8 minutes. Once the mixture is thickened and starting to bubble, remove it immediately from the heat.
  4. Pour the honey-caramel mixture into a glass measuring cup for ease and pour on top of the ham. It should run into those cuts and create a thick layer of sticky caramel over the whole ham.
  5. Using a spoon, scoop up some of the honey-caramel mixture from the pan (or from the measuring cup) and pour it into any of the cuts that you think the caramel didn't flow into.
  6. Cover with tinfoil and bake at 325F, about 15-20 minutes per pound.
  7. Use the time that the honey-caramel ham is baking to prepare your other holiday dishes.
  8. Once the ham reaches an internal temperature of 145F. Pull it out of the oven and let it rest at least 10 minutes.
  9. If you like a blackened, crispy edge to your ham - remove the tinfoil and set the oven to broil for a couple minutes.
  10. After letting the ham set for a bit after removing from the oven, spoon any extra honey caramel glaze (from the pan) over the ham for a last bit of a sweetness and moisture.

Notes

You can swap the honey for maple syrup.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1529Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 677mgSodium: 10344mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 235g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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I hope your family loves this juicy Easter ham recipe as much as mine does! Let me know if you give it a try!

For more delicious ham recipes, check out our Instant Pot Spiral Ham recipe or our Crockpot Root Beer Spiral Ham recipe.

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Honey-caramel ham recipe - an amazing Easter ham recipe that will convert anyone to a ham-lover! Would you just look at that gorgeous glaze, how is this recipe going to be anything other than amazing with that being poured on it?

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