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Pineapple Glazed Ham

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Resting Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: glazed ham, ham, holiday ham
Servings: 12
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Christina Hitchcock


  • 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


  • 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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  • 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.
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