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Easy Ham Baked in the Oven for the Holidays - or Any Day

Updated on March 26, 2014
Finished ham fresh from the oven. Let it rest for 15 minutes before carving
Finished ham fresh from the oven. Let it rest for 15 minutes before carving | Source
5 stars from 2 ratings of Honey-glazed oven baked ham

This is a delicious, easy recipe for ham baked in the oven. It only takes six ingredients, and they are pretty common ingredients in most house pantries (I think!). This would be great to serve at the Holidays or anytime you can get ham on sale. The glaze becomes rich and dark in color and is not too sweet. I will be making many dinners with the leftover ham this week: a ham potato soup, scalloped potatoes and ham casserole, ham salad and more sandwiches.

Today we used french bread rolls to make the sandwiches with Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle and cheddar or American cheese. I also added horseradish mustard to mine. I love it but nobody else in my family will eat it. I swear, the sandwich sprinkle makes the sandwich taste like it is form a restaurant or deli and not home. It is extremely tasty. I hope you enjoy my oven baked ham with honey and orange juice glaze!

Everything you need, plus the ham
Everything you need, plus the ham | Source
Baste the ham about every half hour or so, cover with aluminum foil
Baste the ham about every half hour or so, cover with aluminum foil | Source
Baste one last time and leave uncovered the final 15 minutes to one half hour of cooking
Baste one last time and leave uncovered the final 15 minutes to one half hour of cooking | Source
The best ham sandwich ever!
The best ham sandwich ever! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 15 min
Yields: serves six - eight with leftovers


  • 8-9 lb ham
  • 1/2 Cup honey
  • 1/4 Cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 Cup orange juice
  1. Preheat oven to 300°. Place ham cut side down on a rack in the roasting pan. Score the ham all over with serrated knife to allow glaze to penetrate the meat.
  2. Melt butter in microwave. Blend (whisk) the honey, melted butter, apple cider vinegar, OJ, Worchestershire sauce, brown sugar and thyme together in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Pour glaze over the scored ham. Cook the ham for about 25-30 minutes per pound. I cooked my 8 lb ham for 3 1/2 hours. Cover lightly with aluminum foil.
  4. Baste the ham with the drippings from the pan about every half hour to an hour. I like to baste mine every half hour to allow for the maximum amount of flavoring from the glaze to penetrate the ham.
  5. The last 15 minutes to one half hour of cooking you should uncover the ham and let the top of it brown. Baste the ham one last time with the glaze that has dripped into the pan.
  6. When the ham is done cooking, pull it out of the oven and let it rest 15 minutes before carving. My husband could not resist nibbling a bit and neither could I.
  7. We carved the ham and ended up with a mountain of slices. This ham has a great flavor throughout. We made some incredible sandwiches with it, using Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle and cheese. Penzey's is a spice shop which is local to Madison, WI, but can also be ordered online. It literally elevates the homemade sandwich to a deli sandwich!
  8. I will also be making ham potato soup this week, ham salad and scalloped potatoes and ham. I cannot wait to use the entire ham mountain! I hope if you try this recipe, you enjoy it as much as my family does!
Huge plate of fantastic ham for the holidays any day!
Huge plate of fantastic ham for the holidays any day! | Source

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