Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Brown Sugar-Honey Baked Ham

Making a holiday dinner doesn’t have to be difficult. Try making this Brown Sugar-Honey Baked Ham which uses only three ingredients.

Making a holiday dinner doesn't have to be difficult. Try making this Brown Sugar-Honey Baked Ham which uses only three ingredients.

Every Easter I tend to make a baked ham; however, since starting this blog Easter is the only time I ever make a ham and like I’ve said in the past, I try not to do “bloggy” stuff like photographing our food during holiday meals. This year, since my in-laws will be hosting dinner, I decided to bake a ham ahead of time so that I can share my recipe for this easy Brown Sugar-Honey Baked Ham with you before Easter this year.

Brown Sugar Honey Baked Ham

This has got to be the simplest recipe…EVER! Honey. Brown Sugar. Bone-in Ham. Three ingredients…That’s it! As simple as this dish is to make, the flavor combination is so tasty. The honey and brown sugar fall into the water bath forming a wonderful au jus which we like to pour on top of our meat which gives it that little added sweetness. If you like pineapple, you can certainly crush that up on top as well; however, my youngest daughter and I recently became allergic to pineapple over the last couple of years which is quite a shame because I used to love it. Now, our tongues start to swell whenever we eat or drink it so I’m not going to chance it!

In any event, I used a bone-in ham which is fully cooked; however, you need to let it reheat until the proper internal temperature of at least 150 degrees is reached. Also, baste the meat with the juices every 1/2 hour or so to keep it moist. If you find the top of the meat is getting to dark before it reaches the proper temperature, cover it with foil.

Brown Sugar Honey Baked Hamn

When done, allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing to allow all of the juices to settle. With carving a ham, it’s going to be a little difficult getting even pieces while slicing like you do with other cuts of roasting meats like beef, chicken or pork. Just do the best you can. I first start by making a slice closest to the bone and carving out a larger piece. From there, slice the meat into manageable pieces and save the bone to make soup like Split Pea, Lentil or Ham & Potato. ~Enjoy! 

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Brown Sugar-Honey Baked Ham
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Entree
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  • 9 lb . Butt Portion Smoked Ham
  • 1/2 c . Honey
  • 1/2 c . Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 c . Water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Remove ham from wrapping and place in a deep roasting pan.
  3. Pour the honey evenly over the top of the ham; then coat with brown sugar.
  4. Add the water to the bottom of the pan, place the pan in the oven and bake 2 1/2 hours or until internal temperature is a minimum of 150 degrees. (Figure 18 minutes per pound).
  5. Baste the ham with the juices every half hour.
  6. Remove the ham from the oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing. You can use the drippings as au jus for the ham.
Recipe Notes
Calories 389, Fat 14.5g, Carbs 31.2g, Sugar 31g, Protein 33.9g

*Nutritional information provided by Calorie Count and may not be 100% accurate. The information provided in this recipe includes all ingredients though you may not consume all of the honey and brown sugar as it is mixed into the au jus.

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  1. Kirsten
    April 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    This looks so yummy! I picked up a ham earlier today and cannot wait for ham leftovers.

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