Pineapple Glazed Ham

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4.80 from 40 votes
This Pineapple Glazed Ham is the crowning glory of any table. The absolute perfect centerpiece to your holiday table. The best part is it that it tastes as good as it looks. 
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 30 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes
Pineapple Glazed Ham shot from the top.

This Ham with Pineapple and Cherries is the crowning glory of any table. The absolute perfect centerpiece to your holiday table. The best part is it that it tastes as good as it looks. 

Pineapple Glazed Ham shot from the top.

This impressive Pineapple Glazed Ham is the perfect way to impress the in laws or to wow your family and have everyone asking for more. By following the easy steps below, this dish is practically fool proof. Why is it so popular for holidays? Martha Stewart explains it here

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What We Love About This Pineapple Glaze Recipe

The sweet tang from the pineapple splices and pineapple juice along with the whole cloves, the brown sugar and the dijon mustard are memorable.

  • Easy: There is very little hands on work required.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry, so easy but so good.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone LOVES this ham.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Here are a few of my favorite leftover recipes
Close up of the Pineapple Glazed Ham.

Ingredient Notes

  • 15-18 lb Fully Cooked Ham: Bone in ham, spiral ham or boneless ham.
  • Whole Pineapple Rings: Canned or fresh pineapple but rings are required.
  • Maraschino Cherries: Remove the stems from the maraschino cherry.
  • Dijon Mustard: Mustard and ham just go together such extra flavor.
  • Lime Soda: This little trick cuts the saltiness and adds a nice citrus zing.

Equipment Needed for this Simple Recipe

How to Make Glazed Ham with Pineapples

These are the basic steps for making[glazed ham with pineapples. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Preparing cloves and pineapple and scoring the ham.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat the oven. Second, score the surface of the ham in a diamond pattern about 1/8-inch deep.Then drain the juice from the pineapples and reserve and next stick 6 cloves in each pineapple ring. (this is a great activity for little helpers in the kitchen!)

STEP 2: LAY PINEAPPLE RING ON TOP OF HAM

Next arrange sliced pineapple rings evenly around the surface of the ham, affixing them with toothpicks and then affix a single cherry in the center of each ring with a toothpick.

STEP 3: BAKE

Place the ham in a large roasting pan and add soda. Tent it with foil, and bake for 2 to 2/12 hours (as per the package directions).

Preparing the glaze for the Pineapple Glazed Ham.

STEP 4: MAKE THE GLAZE FOR THE BEST HAM

Meanwhile, put the brown sugar, mustard and reserved pineapple juice in a sauce pan and then cook over medium high heat until reduces and becomes thick, about 15 minutes. After 2 hours of baking, remove the foil and brush the glaze all over the ham. Leave foil off of the ham for the remainder of the baking time.

STEP 5: BASTE AND REST

Baste every 10 minutes until the ham is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.Finally, remove from the oven, Spoon glaze remaining over ham and allow to rest 15-20 minutes for the pan juices to redistribute before carving.

Prep and Storage Tips for Easter Ham

WHAT TYPE OF HAM SHOULD I USE?

For this recipe, you’ll want to select a cured ham – either bone-in or semi-boneless.  For easy serving, you can even find spiral cut ham that come pre-sliced and ready to go.  Having sliced ham is a real time-saver for holiday ham.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY DELICIOUS HAM IS DONE?

Ham is finished cooking when it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.  I use my favorite meat thermometer to ensure it’s at the proper temperature.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze leftover ham, wrap the entire ham in a layer of plastic wrap, then wrap that package in aluminum foil or place it into plastic freezer bags or use an airtight container.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS JUICY HAM RECIPE

It is so easy, simply cover with tightly with foil. Reheat in a 325-degree oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 135 to 140 degrees. To keep moist, add some pineapple juice or a can of pineapple rings.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW LONG CAN HAM SIT OUT FOR?

No longer than 2 hours. The best way is to promptly wrap leftover ham and refrigerate as soon as possible.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE GROUND CLOVES FOR THE WHOLE CLOVES?

Of course, however, it is not as pretty in presentation but the flavor is just as good.

WHY IS MY HAM SO SALTY?

It is the way it is cured. Whole ham is cured with salt. Canned hams have especially high sodium levels. The lime soda and pineapple are used to cut the salt in this recipe.

HOW MUCH HOLIDAY HAM DUE I NEED FOR EACH PERSON?

Plan on needing ⅓ to ½ pound of ham per person.

A table with the Pineapple ham onit.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Use a sharp knife to score the ham: A sharp knife will make ensure you don’t cut too deep.
  • Cover the ham with foil while it bakes: To prevent your ham from drying out, cover it with foil during most of the baking time.  Remove the foil while basting this Pineapple Glazed Ham.
  • Baste ham every 10 minutes during the last 30 minutes: Use a basting brush (this one is great because it cleans up easy) to coat the ham with the brown sugar ham glaze every time minutes.
  • Let the ham rest:  When the ham is cooked through, allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing into it.
  • Remove the pineapples and cherries before slicing:  These make a great garnish for presentation.
  • Remove all of the toothpicks before serving:  Don’t forget to carefully remove all of the toothpicks before serving your guests.

What to Serve with Leftover Ham

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4.80 from 40 votes

Pineapple Glazed Ham

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 30 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes
This Pineapple Glazed Ham is the crowning glory of any table. The absolute perfect centerpiece to your holiday table. The best part is it that it tastes as good as it looks. 
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Ingredients

  • 1 15-18 lb fully cooked ham, bone in or boneless
  • 1 20 oz can whole pineapple rings
  • 60 whole cloves
  • 10 maraschino cherries, stems removed
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablepoon dijon mustard
  • 2 cups lemon lime soda, can substitute ginger ale

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  • Score the surface of the ham in a diamond pattern about 1/8-inch deep.
  • Drain the juice from the pineapples and reserve.
  • Stick 6 cloves in each pineapple ring. 
  • Arrange pineapple rings evenly around the surface of the ham, affixing them with toothpicks. 
  • Affix a single cherry in the center of each ring with a toothpick.
  • Place the ham in a large roasting pan and add soda.
  • Tent it with foil, and bake for 2 to 2/12 hours (as per the package directions).
  • Meanwhile, put the brown sugar, mustard and reserved pineapple juice in a sauce pan.
  • Cook over medium high heat until reduces and becomes thick, about 15 minutes.
  • After 2 hours of baking, remove the foil and brush the glaze all over the ham. Leave foil off of the ham for the remainder of the baking time.
  • Repeat baste every 10 minutes until the ham is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.
  • Remove from the oven, baste with remaining glaze and allow to rest 15-20 minutes before carving.

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Expert Tips

  • Use a sharp knife to score the ham: A sharp knife will make ensure you don’t cut too deep.
  • Cover the ham with foil while it bakes: To prevent your ham from drying out, cover it with foil during most of the baking time.  Remove the foil while basting this Pineapple Glazed Ham.
  • Baste ham every 10 minutes during the last 30 minutes: Use a basting brush (this one is great because it cleans up easy) to coat the ham with the brown sugar ham glaze every time minutes.
  • Let the ham rest:  When the ham is cooked through, allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing into it.
  • Remove the pineapples and cherries before slicing:  These make a great garnish for presentation.
  • Remove all of the toothpicks before serving:  Don’t forget to carefully remove all of the toothpicks before serving your guests.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easter Ham, glazed ham, ham, holiday ham

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