Over the holidays, I decided to make a Holiday Baked Ham with Pineapple Glaze. Growing up, I remember having ham as a kid, so I thought…I should make a ham. That will be fun.
Before then, I had never cooked a ham. I’ve cooked holiday turkeys and even prime rib. It is hard to be motivated to cook such large meat when they are so easily overcooked.
With recipe blogging, I’ve quickly learned that you need to write a story for SEO for your recipes to be seen. The readers don’t care about why you are making the recipe; they want a recipe.
BUT if you found this recipe, it’s probably because my random story about a holiday baked ham with pineapple glaze was enough text to get me ranked in google results. So it’s a catch 22 of a random extra story of why I have holiday baked ham with pineapple glaze that you probably won’t read. Like my college papers that needed word counts, it’s just filler so enjoy. Honesty is the best policy, right?
So why did I make this holiday baked ham with pineapple glaze?
- I remember having holiday baked ham as a kid.
- I like having a lot of leftovers
- ham is fairly cheap during the holidays
If any of those things speak to you, I suggest making your own holiday ham. As someone who can barely cook and laughs at the thought of people cooking their food, this was an impresser…In fact, I plan to make it a few times a year just because it’s easy and saves me from cooking for at least 3 days.
So with that, I give you holiday baked ham with pineapple glaze:
Holiday Baked Ham with Pineapple Glaze
- 10 lb fully cooked, bone in ham
- 1 cup pineapple juice (can also use orange juice)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 4 cloves
- Take ham out of the refrigerator 2 hours before cooking to allow it to come to room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Place ham in baking dish fat side up.
- Combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, and cloves into a small saucepan. Cook on medium heat until it's thick (roughly 15 minutes)
- Brush half of the glaze onto the ham. Save the other half for later.
- Cover ham with foil and cook for 90 minutes-2 hours (you want the internal temperature to be above 150)
- Remove ham and add the remaining glaze. Cook for another 15 minutes or until the internal temperature is above 160.
- I wish I had dethawed my ham longer. I think my holiday jam was still slightly frozen in the middle, so it took about 3 hours to cook. Let internal temperature be your guide.
- Adding brown sugar and pineapple seems weird, but it actually tastes good).
- If you like more ham glaze, make more. We grew up not having any ham glaze, so that was a new concept to me.
You can see more recipes here but keep in mind; I am an easy to please type of person. I find all of my recipes from Pinterest, and I don’t enjoy spending hours in the kitchen.
Questions for you:
Have you ever had a holiday baked ham?
What is a food or main dish you remember while growing up?