This Slow Cooker Honey Baked Ham recipe is so succulent, and the ham glaze makes the most incredible crispy-sweet ham edges.
In my opinion, Easter dinner is not Easter dinner without a Honey Baked Ham. In fact, I can remember one year at a family gathering when something other than Easter Ham was served and my one nephew, in particular, was not happy about it because we went against our family tradition! We have never missed having Easter Ham again! I love how traditions can really shape and form our childhood and what we believe is important.
So while I cannot have an Easter dinner without a Honey Baked Ham, what I can do without is the price tag on a Honey Baked Ham that you order. Who needs that when you can make your own with the same great taste and a ⅓ of the price?! Not me, that’s for sure! This Honey Baked Ham recipe is so easy to make and as an added bonus you will cook it in your slow cooker which frees up your oven to make other amazing side dishes. After you have slow cooked the ham and broiled it for a few minutes you are left with a flavorful tender ham on the inside with a sugary glaze crust on the outside. It does not get better than this folks!
Honey Baked Ham Glaze recipe
What makes this recipe incredible is the ham glaze! Before the glaze is applied the ham is cooked in the slow cooker, rubbed down with sugar and spice mix, broiled, and brushed with the glaze. Finally, it’s broiled for a few minutes. What makes this Honey Baked Ham Glaze the best are the ingredients. It’s made with granulated sugar, onion powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, ginger, cloves, allspice, and ham juice.
HONEY BAKED HAM QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
Should Honey Baked Ham be served at room temperature?
This ham comes pre-cooked so you can definitely serve it at room temperature. I think it’s mostly a taste preference. If I am having a ham sandwich I prefer the Honey Baked Ham to be cold, or served at room temperature. Also, if I am serving it as a classic ham dinner with sides of potatoes, green beans, and rolls I prefer the ham to be warmed up first.
How long will Honey Baked Ham keep in the refrigerator?
An unopened Honey Baked Ham can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. One that is open will keep in the refrigerator for 6-8 days. Or you can keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How long can cooked ham sit out at room temperature?
Cooked ham can sit out for up to 2 hours. If it is left out any longer the potential for the meat to grow bacteria causing the food to become unsafe to eat is greatly increased.
What side dishes go with Easter Ham?
When planning Easter dinner I get just as excited about the side dishes, if not more than the main attraction, the Easter Ham! My mouth is watering just thinking about the various options. Let’s start with just the options for potatoes. You could go with traditional buttermilk mashed potatoes, or the popular potatoes au gratin, or change it up a bit with these delicious smashed potatoes.
What about veggies? How perfect are these creamed pearl onions for Easter dinner? Also, these pureed carrots with ginger compliment the Honey Baked Ham nicely. Lastly, I love having green beans at my Easter dinner and this recipe is an easy one!
Also, I like to have a light salad to go with Honey Baked Ham. A few salads that come to mind are Spring salad, fruit salad, or this strawberry spinach salad. Last but not least, let’s not forget about rolls to round out this special Easter Ham dinner. My favorite is my crescent rolls recipe. Or, what about these buttery soft rolls? Any recipe with the word butter in the recipe title has my vote!
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Honey Baked Ham
- 8-9 pound ham pre-cooked bone-in spiral sliced
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 Tablespoons butter melted
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 3 Tablespoons ham juice or water
PREP THE HAM:
- First, place the ham into a large slow cooker.
- Next, in a small bowl whisk together the honey and melted butter. Rub the mixture all over the ham, making sure to get in-between the slices. Cover with the slow cooker lid and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 140 degrees F.
- 20 minutes before the 4 hours is up, move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the broiler to high. Then, line a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet with foil. In a small bowl whisk together the sugar, onion powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, cloves, and allspice.
BROIL THE HAM:
- Next, transfer the ham to the prepared baking pan, and rub half of the sugar mixture over the top of the ham.
- Watch the ham closely while you broil it for 5-10 minutes, or until bubbly and caramelized, and then remove the ham from the oven. Keep the broiler on.
MAKE THE HAM GLAZE:
- In a small saucepan add the rest of the sugar mixture and 3 tablespoons of ham juices from the slow cooker. If there are not enough of the ham juices, then you can use 3 tablespoons of water. Set the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Take the sugar mixture off of the heat after it boils for 1 minute.
BROIL THE HAM AGAIN:
- Use a pastry brush to brush the glaze all over the ham.
- Watch the ham carefully while it is under the broiler for 1-4 minutes. Then, remove the ham from the oven and let it rest under loose foil for 15 minutes.
- Finally, slice the ham and serve!