By: Teresa Bond-Mason | Category: Restaurants | Issue: November 2019
Lee Griffin, owner of Tulsa’s Honey Baked Ham store, with a spiral-cut bone-in half halm.
In the late 1950s, Harry Hoenselaar founded the first Honey Baked Ham Co. and Café. Harry had a unique method of cooking and spiral slicing his hams that no one else in the business had done.
Today the same great hams and other meats are sold at the Honey Baked Ham Co. at the corner of 61st and Memorial in Tulsa. Owner Lee Griffin has actually worked for the company 20 years before opening his own franchise. “I was involved in every aspect of the business from learning how the hams were cooked to helping new stores get opened and ready for business,” explains Lee. That experience, along with the quality products, has helped Lee maintain a thriving business for Tulsa families and businesses for 16 years.
The second you step foot in the store, the aroma of a sweet, plump ham wafts through the air. Though glazed, spiral-cut hams are their benchmark items, the store also sells turkey (breast and whole), beef pot roast, pork roast and ribs – all prepared and ready to eat.
Hams from Honey Baked go through a strict vetting process before they are even cooked. Once selected, they are cured and flavored and baked between 20 and 24 hours over hickory smoke. They are then spiral-sliced before they are carefully packaged. Before the ham is sold, it is again inspected, and a special glaze is layered on before sealing it up.
Honey Baked Ham’s boneless hams are perfect for smaller get-togethers.
Also available to complete your meal are a plethora of side dishes sure to convince everyone you’ve labored for days over a hot stove. Items include standards such as mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese and cornbread dressing. But how about shaking it up with a sweet potato soufflé or Tuscan style broccoli? A wide range of desserts, such as apple, pecan and pumpkin pie are available as well. But if your gang is yearning for something different, try a carrot cake or cheesecake.
Though 85% of the hams sold are during the holiday season, why not pick up a meal and give your family more time to enjoy each other and relax? “It’s so rewarding to be a part of people’s celebrations and holidays,” emphasizes Lee, who adds that “treating the customers like gold,” is one of the aspects of the business he is most passionate about.
Honey Baked also has gift cards for purchase. “Many of our corporate clients like the gift cards because they can give them to employees and clients and know they are getting a quality gift that will be remembered for years to come,” adds Lee.
Catering is another service the store offers. Think office parties, book clubs, dinner parties and large family get-togethers. Besides their delectable hams, they can provide everything from boxed lunches to fruit and vegetable platters.
After all this ham talk, are you ready to give Honey Baked a taste test? Stop by the store and try one of their freshly-carved ham or turkey sandwiches. Along with their delectable deli menu are soups, salads and various sides for you to enjoy for lunch, or take it to go for dinner.
Regardless of the event, Honey Baked Ham Co. has you covered. “We appreciate our customers and would like to thank them for their continued support,” concludes Lee. Honey Baked is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and always open online at www.honeybaked.com.
You can’t go wrong with a Honey Baked Ham for the holidays, with plenty of sides and desserts to choose from.
Teresa Bond-Mason is an Oklahoma native and a graduate from the University of Tulsa with a degree in communication. Teresa has written a wide range of articles from insurance journals to book reviews and of course her latest work for Value News! In her spare time, Teresa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading and scrapbooking.
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