Honey and Brown Sugar Crusted Ham

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by Megan on December 15, 2010

I bought this Southern Living Big Book Of Christmas for a Christmas present, then second guessed if the recipient would really use it. I love the book and was afraid that she would pack it up till next season, and  not get it out till 2 weeks before next Christmas. Then she would be too busy to really look into it and find all the wonderful recipes that I did.

I couldn’t let that happen now could I?

So I kept the gift.

Merry Christmas to me!!!

I use to buy those spiral cut hams. But I was never happy with them. They were usually dry, never cut all the way through,  and there was never  enough of that glaze that came in the little packet with it..

Then I found this recipe in “that book” for a Honey and Brown Sugar Crusted Ham. That recipe got stuck in my head and I just had to make it. I’ll never look back.

This ham was perfect and so easy. It was moist and the glaze was plentiful with my favorite spices mixed in.

With cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, It smelled like the holidays while  it baked. I cant wait to make another!

So tell me, do you ever keep a present for yourself, that you bought for someone else at Christmas time???

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Honey and Brown Sugar Crusted Ham

From Southern Living’s Big Book of Christmas


  • 1  (9- to 10-lb.) ready-to-cook, bone-in ham shank
  • 3/4  cup  honey
  • 1  cup  firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cloves


  1. Slice away hard outer skin from ham with a sharp knife, leaving a thin layer of fat. Place ham, fat side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Score top of ham in a diamond pattern; insert a meat thermometer into ham, making sure it does not touch fat or bone.
  2. Bake ham on lowest oven rack at 325° for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove ham from oven, leaving oven on. Brush ham with honey.
  4. Combine sugar and spices; pat over honey, coating ham well.
  5. Return ham to oven, and continue to bake at 325° for 35 to 45 minutes or until thermometer registers 148°. (Cover ham with aluminum foil during the last 20 minutes, if necessary, to prevent excessive browning.)
  6. Let ham stand 15 minutes before carving.
  7. Enjoy!
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1 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme December 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

I’m planning to have ham for Christmas dinner this year, and I’ve never been thrilled with the spiral cut hams, either. I’ve been looking around for a great recipe and now I’ve got one! Thanks a million, Megan.

2 Michelle December 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Gawd..does that ham look good! I love making ham because you can be so creative and just about any glaze tastes delicious. I made turkey and ham for
Thanksgiving once..only once. The Ham smelled so good and you could smell it coming up our front walk. Hardly anyone ate turkey that year! LOL!

3 Michelle December 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Forgot to mention that I always add about 1/2 c of lingonberry jam and champagne to my ham glaze…..over the top GOOD!

4 Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog December 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Honey and glazed ham is heavenly – the combination sweet and salty can be insane! Excellent present :)



5 Lori December 16, 2010 at 6:00 am

I love a well baked ham. I will give your recipe a try. I made a ham in the crock pot once with pineapples and it came out really well.

6 Suzanne Collier December 16, 2010 at 7:25 am

PERFECT! Thanks for sharing. This is exactly what I was needing. You’re the best!

7 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 16, 2010 at 7:25 am

I love turkey and all, but ham is definitely my preference when it comes to holiday dinners. This looks like a FABULOUS recipe!

8 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food December 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Whoa this looks good, Megan! I always make a big ham, and black eyed peas, and collards for New Year’s day. I’m definitely bookmarking your recipe for then!

9 Lyndsey December 17, 2010 at 7:36 am

I think this looks amazing and I don’t even like ham! If you can make it like that I wouldn’t buy the honey baked hams either!

10 Barbara Bakes December 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

That is a gorgeous ham! I don’t know why I’ve been paying so much for one all these years. Love the idea of giving yourself a cookbook for Christmas!

11 Maria December 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Perfect meal for the holiday season!

12 Kathleen December 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Looks beautiful Megan, must make one soon. We usually had a turkey and a ham on the same holiday, not enough people anymore, and no I am not inviting more. Will just have to do it separately. Post looks great!

13 HoneyB December 18, 2010 at 6:13 am

this is one gorgeous ham Meghan!

14 Mags December 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm

That is one gorgeous looking ham!

15 rebecca December 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm

wow this ham looks amazing

16 norma December 20, 2010 at 8:38 am

Ham is sooooo good and so many recipies..this one is making my mouth water.

Merry Christmas!

17 SMITH BITES December 20, 2010 at 10:34 am

The smells of the season for sure – and that photo is absolutely KILLER!!!

18 kat December 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Love that you kept the book for yourself!

19 Sharron Clemons December 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Love that you kept the book for yourself!

20 ingrid December 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

MMMmmmm, that does look amazing! Wish I had checked in before now. My ham was good but not great.

21 Suzanne Collier January 4, 2011 at 6:24 am

This is a keeper! I used this recipe exactly as you have it here for Christmas and everyone at my table said it was, hands down, the best ham ever! We will be doing this one again and again. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and THANKS!!!

22 Julia January 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm

The ham looks delish, plus you can never go wrong with any Southern Living cookbook. :)

23 Aimee October 26, 2011 at 10:01 am

So happy I found this! My hubby found this recipe in the same cookbook. He made it for Valentine’s Day and it. was. delicious. He mentioned last night he wanted to make it again soon, as well as the cheddar scones in the book (to die for!), but we have moved since then, so I couldn’t find the cookbook, of course. He wants to make it tomorrow night for dinner now. =D Thanks!!!!

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