Instant Pot Brown Sugar Honey Ham

I love this brown sugar honey baked ham recipe, a dressed-up version of the super-popular HoneyBaked Ham Store version. It’s a tender ham baked to perfection and coated in a crispy spiced sugar glaze. The ultimate holiday ham! The Instant Pot (get yours here: makes it possible.

Sure you can make this popular recipe in the oven, but on this version, you only need the oven for a quick finish, freeing up the oven for another delicious dish. The flavor is also richer, since the pressure cooker really pushes the spiced glaze into the meat.

And with the moist heat in the Instant Pot, there’s never a dry or tough slice. Just tender, juicy, glazed goodness from end to end. Serve this fantastic ham for a holiday treat, a special occasion, or just a Wednesday when you’re ready for something a little different.

Pro Tip: Watch the ham carefully under the broiler–the sugar can burn quickly.


Marinade Mixture:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp coarse ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey


  • 3 lb boneless, fully-cooked spiral-sliced ham
  • 1/2 cup apple cider

To Finish:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 tbsp coarse ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar


  1. In a small bowl, mix Marinade Mixture ingredients until combined.
  2. Place the ham in a shallow pan and pour marinade over the ham, including between the slices.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup apple cider in the Instant Pot, followed by the ham. Pour any leftover marinade over the ham.
  4. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  5. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 8 minutes.
  6. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release (about 15 minutes).
  7. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat foil with nonstick spray. Carefully move the ham to the baking sheet.
  8. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup apple cider, 1 tbsp mustard and 1 tbsp honey and brush over the ham.
  9. Pack remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar over the top of the ham.
  10. Set the ham under a broiler until the glaze is caramelized and bubbly, 5-10 minutes.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.