It seems like everyone loves honey-baked hams. The salty cure of the ham against the sweet crystallized sugar crust is simply irresistible. I have invented a spicy home-baked alternative to the usual store bought ham. It’s so good, you will anticipate the leftovers as much as the original dinner.
- ½ cup mild honey such as clover or orange blossom
- 1½ tablespoons Toasted Spice Rub (see Notes)
- 1 apple wood-smoked or honey-cured, boneless, fully cooked ham, about 4 pounds
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
In a small bowl, stir together the honey and the spice mixture. With a sharp knife, make a series of cuts, ½ inch deep and ½ inch apart, the entire length of the ham. Rotate the ham 90 degrees and make a second series of cuts, the same depth and the same distance apart, across the width of the ham.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the ham on the pan.
Bake, basting every 15 minutes with the honey mixture, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 150°F, 1 to 1¼ hours.
Remove the ham from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes.
Carve the ham across the grain into slices of desired thickness. Arrange on a platter and drizzle with any remaining honey mixture.
Nutritional information does not include Toasted Spice Rub. This recipe serves 10.