Cheap Oven Baked Honey Ham

A nice fat, glazed ham fresh from the oven.

Wondering how you can make an inexpensive boneless ham taste absolutely and amazingly delicious? This easy recipe for Cheap Oven Baked Honey Ham is your ticket!

This is the perfect ham that’s simple to make and turns out just the way you want it to, every single time. And, because there’s no center bone, you can slice it up very easily to serve at once.

Cheap Oven Baked Honey Ham Recipe – Yep, this is the best recipe to make a cheap ham taste good!

Glazed whole ham that is scored and hot from the oven.

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This recipe calls for a buffet ham….what in the heck is that?!

Buffet hams are the boneless precooked hams that you see at the grocer that are always perfectly oval-shaped and are the least expensive hams.

This is because a buffet ham is actually made from pieces of ham that are pressed together via a process that uses water and salt.

Buffet ham is easy to work with because it’s perfectly shaped and has no center bone. Buffet hams typically always weigh in at exactly 4 pounds so they cook quickly.

Since a buffet ham is boneless, it’s very easy to slice for your dinner, especially if you want a ham that you can slice right at the holiday table with everyone looking on.

I think a buffet ham is the best ham for new cooks to bake as their first-ever ham. Once you are successful making a buffet ham, you will feel much more confident baking other types of hams, such as a spiral-cut ham or any other bone-in ham.

What to love about this inexpensive boneless ham recipe

  1. This is not an intimidating ham recipe – so easy!
  2. Learn how easy it is to score a ham so it can catch all the yummy sauce.
  3. Boneless ham is super easy to slice since you’re just cutting through meat, no bone at all.

What you’ll learn from this recipe –

  • How to cook a boneless ham and be successful!
  • The best way to score and glaze a ham.
  • How to slice and serve ham.

Here are the ingredients you need to make this oven baked ham recipe –

  • Boneless, fully cooked buffet ham
  • Pineapple juice or orange juice
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • Honey

How to make Easy Oven Baked Honey Ham in 6 fast steps –

**Full, printable recipe card below – just scroll on down within this post to find it! 

  1. Remove the ham from refrigeration and unwrap. Let the unwrapped ham rest on the kitchen counter at room temperature for at least 1 hour to remove the chill on the meat.
  2. In a roasting pan, add the juice. Place the ham into the juice in the pan; cover with foil and bake for 1 – 1 1/2 hours or until the ham is 140 degrees at the center when tested with an instant-read meat thermometer.
  3. Meanwhile, while the ham is baking, combine the glaze ingredients in a bowl, whisking until smooth.
  4. Remove the ham from the oven and uncover. Use a sharp utility knife to score the ham make a cross-hatch pattern over the surface of the ham.
  5. Slowly pour the prepared glaze over the ham, allowing it to seep down into the ham where it has been scored, pulling the ham apart a bit with your other hand so the glaze can really get in there.
  6. Return the ham to the oven, uncovered, baking for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the ham is nicely caramelized and sticky. Remove the ham from the oven and cover loosely with foil; let the ham rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

Answers to Common Questions Asked About This Easy Ham Recipe

Which tools are helpful for making baked ham in the oven?

A roasting pan or deep casserole dish is good for baking ham.

For scoring the ham, use a sharp carving knife or chef’s knife.

Applying the glaze is super easy when you apply it using a silicone basting brush.

What is a buffet ham?

The label won’t likely call it a “buffet” ham, but they are the boneless precooked hams that you see at the grocer that are always perfectly oval-shaped and they weigh in at a perfect 4 lbs.

Buffet hams are usually always the least expensive hams since they are a pressed ham, not what’s called a whole muscle ham.

If ham is pre-cooked when I purchase it, why am I cooking it again?

Nearly all hams purchased at your local grocery store are pre-cooked….check the label to be sure. Technically, since these hams are fully cooked, they don’t have to be baked to be safe before eating.

However, because nobody really wants to eat ice cold ham as part of a holiday meal, we bake (reheat) it, thus providing the perfect time to add more flavor by caramelizing the ham on the exterior and also by adding a sauce.

Do you cover a ham when you bake it in the oven?

I cover my baked hams initially so that they can stay moist during the cooking time.
Once the ham is nearly full cooked and hot throughout, I uncover it, brush on the glaze, then let the ham continue to cook so it can caramelize on the exterior.

A beautiful glazed ham that has been scored and sliced.

How do you keep ham from drying out as it bakes in the oven?

Covering the ham for the majority of the baking time helps keep it from drying out, as does making sure the ham isn’t over cooked. Overcooking causes any meat to become dry and tasteless!

How should I slice my ham when I’m ready to serve it?

Place the warm ham onto a large cutting board. Using your sharpest carving knife, starting at one end, slice across the ham into 1/2-inch thick slices. I usually “hold” the ham with a meat fork inserted into the ham about one-third of the way from the opposite end so it doesn’t move around when I’m slicing it.

You’ll also want to add a bit of the ham sauce or ham liquids (from when it cooks) to the slices in the pan so they have some juice there for additional moisture.

**If you’re slicing your ham to serve it later, instead of placing the ham onto a platter at this time, go ahead and put it into a casserole dish so that you can pop into the oven to reheat it.

How can I make my ham look pretty on the platter for serving?

I like to stack my ham slices a bit by overlapping them on on top of the other on my platter, then drizzling all of them with a bit of sauce. Overlapping the ham slices makes it easy for people to pick up a slice or two when serving themselves, especially if you have tongs for them to use. I also like to slice oranges, placing them randomly around the outer edge of my platter for pretty color.

Can I slice my ham ahead of time and re-heat it for the meal later when I’m ready to serve it?

Absolutely. I do this all the time and it feels so good to have it done and ready ahead of time! Slice your ham as directed above, placing it into a casserole dish along with some of the prepared sauce or pan juices. Let the ham fully cool, then cover with foil and place into refrigeration.

When you are ready to heat the ham for your dinner, remove it from the fridge 30 minutes ahead of time. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.; warm the ham slices, covered, for 15-20 minutes, or until hot throughout.

What’s the best way to reheat leftover sliced ham?

I really like reheating ham slices in a skillet with a bit of oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is nicely hot, add the ham slices, taking care not to crowd them in the skillet too much. Brown the ham slices on each side, cooking them just until hot throughout.

A scored and glazed honey ham on a white platter.

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Printable Oven-Baked Honey Ham On-the-Cheap Recipe

A nice fat, glazed ham fresh from the oven.

Cheap Oven-Baked Honey Ham

Wondering how to bake a cheap and easy ham in the oven that's hands-down delish? Here's your ticket. Boneless ham that's baked, scored, and glazed and certainly doesn't break the bank.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 468kcal


  • 4 lb. boneless, buffet ham, fully cooked or smoked (label will say water-added, too)
  • 1 cup orange or pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (which is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger)
  • 1 Tbs. spicy brown mustard (or use your favorite mustard)
  • 1/2 cup honey


  • Remove the ham from refrigeration and unwrap. Let the unwrapped ham rest on the kitchen counter for at least 1 hour to help remove some of the chill on the meat.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a roasting pan or large casserole dish, add the juice (may substitute water or broth, if desired).
    Place the ham into the juice in the pan; cover with foil and bake for 1 – 1 1/2 hours or until the ham is 140 degrees F. at the center when tested with an instant read meat thermometer. (Don't overcook!)
    Remove the ham from the oven and uncover. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees at this point.
  • Meanwhile, make the glaze by combining the butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, mustard and honey in a bowl until well combined.
  • Now it's time to score the ham. Using a sharp utility knife and beginning at one end of the ham, score the ham by cutting across the meat diagonally, about 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch deep, making the cuts across the ham about 1-inch apart.
    Work your way towards the end of the ham, continuing to score the meat, then repeat the same process working diagonally in the opposite direction, slicing across the cuts you've already made. You will see this makes a cross-hatch pattern, creating diamond-shaped sections all over the ham.
  • Slowly pour the prepared glaze over the ham, allowing it seep down into where it is scored, gently pulling the ham apart with your other hand, if possible. **It's really handy if you can find another set of hands to help you do this part so the glaze can really get down into where you've scored the ham.
  • Return the ham to the oven, uncovered this time, and continuing to bake the ham at 425 degrees F. for an 15-20 minutes, or until the ham is nicely caramelized all over.
  • Remove the ham from the oven and cover loosely with foil; let the ham rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boneless ham, buffet ham, easy ham recipe, honey baked ham, how to bake a ham in the oven, oven baked ham, precooked ham


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1813mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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