Never again will you be buying an expensive store-bought Honey Baked Ham - once you have discovered how amazingly simple it is to make one at home! The sweet honey glaze is perfect on a hickory-smoked spiral-cut ham, slow-cooked and so moist - perfect for a special holiday!
Not only will you save time and money, but you'll have the BEST honey glazed baked ham that you have ever had - so moist and flavorful! Wanna know my secret?
Or more importantly, do you want to know theirs?
My hair salon is located right next to the Honey Baked Ham Store, and every holiday it is a cluster jam trying to find a parking spot to get my hair done, due to all of the fools waiting in line for their "fresh" hams. If they only knew that the refrigerated trailers have been sitting behind the building for two months now - there is nothing fresh or magical about waiting until the last minute to pick it up at the ham store. And if you've ever been disappointed with the quality of the ham, or how dried out it is when you put it out for guests, this is going to rock your world!
Pick up your favorite size spiral-cut ham from Costco (yup, they have the best quality). Using a method similar to Sous Vide, you will place the shrink-wrapped ham in warm water to let it gently warm up and rest...which keeps all the moisture and flavor in the ham, right where it belongs. A slow roast in the oven in a cooking bag slowly heats the ham to the center, and keeps it so moist!
A homemade brown sugar and honey glaze is drizzled over the sides, and after a quick trip to a 375 degree oven (five minutes the first time, then you re-glaze and bake for an additional 5 minutes). That's it! Tried and true, you will have the most perfect Honey Glazed Spiral Ham that you have ever tasted! So moist, so flavorful! Let it sit for 10 minutes before you serve - but everyone will be racing to the kitchen long before that to try and sneak a bite of this fabulous ham!
And like me, you can them make fun of all those silly people waiting in the block-long line at the ham store! Hope that you enjoy this as much as we do!
1 (8-10 lb.) spiral cut sliced ham (with no water added – we prefer Costco brand)
¼ cup unsalted butter
½ cup honey
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup (the real stuff, not pancake syrup)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard or spicy honey mustard
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 Reynolds Oven Bag (turkey sized)
HOW WE MAKE THIS:
RECIPE SOURCE: Cooking method adapted from Cooks Illustrated.
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