Brown Sugar and Pineapple Glazed Ham

Pineapple Glazed Ham is a sweet and savory baked ham recipe that’s perfect for holiday entertaining but also fits right in with simple Sunday dinners.

side view of a pineapple glazed ham showing slices

With a sweet brown sugar and pineapple crust on the outside and succulent, juicy meat on the inside, this pineapple glazed ham is a crowd pleaser and a family favorite. Baked ham goes perfectly with Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, Garlic Green Beans and Sour Cream Salad and fits in perfectly as part of your Easter or Christmas dinner.

Ingredients for Pineapple Glazed Ham

The Ham

For baked ham, I buy a bone-in, fully cooked, spiral cut ham. This is my favorite kind of ham to make because it is so easy.

  • The bone adds a ton of flavor. Use the leftover ham bone for making Lentil Soup or to add flavor to Ham and Navy Bean Soup.
  • The spiral cut means it’s already sliced for you, saving you time.
  • It’s fully cooked so it really just needs to be heated up.
  • It doesn’t actually need to be warmed up – serve cold cuts for ham sandwiches.
Ingredients for ham glaze

Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham Glaze

The ingredients for the pineapple ham glaze are super simple and give this baked ham such a great flavor.

  • Brown sugar
  • Crushed pineapple with the juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves

How to Bake a Ham

Since you’re starting with a fully cooked ham, the steps are super simple and just about heating it up and getting that sticky sweet crust.

Prep. Start by preheating your oven to 325℉. Make sure to preheat it all the way so your ham heats evenly. Line a large baking dish with heavy duty nonstick foil.

bone in ham in a foil lined baking dish

Bake. Remove the ham from the packaging and place it flat side down into the foil lined dish. Bake it for an hour, then remove from the oven and drizzle half of the glaze all over the surface of the ham. Use a pastry brush or the back of the spoon to get the glaze in between the slices. Bake for another hour, drizzling on the remaining glaze after 30 minutes.

pineapple glazed ham in a baking dish with foil

Serve. Transfer the ham to a cutting board for slicing or straight to a serving platter.

How to Serve

Any of these sides would be delicious with your ham dinner!

ham, mashed potatoes and green beans on a plate next to a whole ham

Storage and Reheating

Storage: Store fully cooked leftover ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Reheating: If heating a small amount, you can do so in the microwave. For a meal sized portion, place sliced ham in a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.

Pro-tip: Ham is absolutely delicious warmed up, but it’s also great cold. Save a few slices for sandwiches the next day.

Expert Tips

  • It’s really easy to overbake a ham, so use a meat thermometer and keep an eye on it. The ham should come to an internal temperature 140-145℉. This is one of those times when having an oven safe cooking thermometer comes in handy so you don’t have to keep piercing the ham and losing the juices.
  • Don’t let those yummy pan juices go to waste! Strain carefully through a sieve into a large glass measuring cup for serving with the ham. Serve warm or at room temperature.
spooning juices over a ham

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you bake a ham?

Since it’s already fully cooked, you’re pretty much just baking it to warm it and bring it to a safe temperature. It will take about 12 minutes per pound to fully heat your ham.

How much ham do I need per person?

Plan on about ½ pound of bone-in ham per person. A 10-pound ham should generously feed 15-20 people for dinner. If you’re serving buffet style with lots of sides or other proteins, you could easily get 25-30 servings.

ham and green beans on a white plate

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Easy Baked Glazed Ham

Pineapple Glazed Ham is a sweet and savory baked ham recipe that's perfect for holiday entertaining or a simple Sunday dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 20 servings
Calories 388kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 pound bone-in fully cooked spiral cut ham
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons  dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line a deep baking dish with heavy duty nonstick foil. (note – if using regular strength foil, line twice).
  • Remove ham from packaging. (Discard glaze packet if your ham comes with one.) Place ham flat side down in the pan. Bake for 1 hour.
  • Carefully remove ham from the oven. Using a spoon, drizzle half the glaze all over the surface of the ham. Use the back of the spoon or a pastry brush to help distribute some of the glaze between the layers. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove ham from the oven. Drizzle the remaining glaze over the ham. Bake for another 30 minutes until heated through to an internal temperature of 140-145 degree F.
  • Remove from the oven. Transfer the ham to a rimmed serving platter placing the flat side out so you can take slices of ham; reserve juices for serving or for making ham gravy, if desired. I like to add some kale leaves around the edge of the dish for presentation points, but it's not necessary. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Nutritional information is based on ½ pound of ham per person. Keep in mind that the bone is included in the weight, so that’s not actually 1/ pound of meat.
A 10 pound ham should serve around 17-20 people. On a buffet spread with other proteins and lots of sides, a 10 pound ham will feed about 30. 
Storage: Store fully cooked leftover ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
Reheating: If heating a small amount, you can do so in the microwave. For a meal sized portion, place sliced ham in a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.
Pro-tip: Ham is absolutely delicious warmed up, but it’s also great cold. Save a few slices for sandwiches the next day.

Nutrition

Calories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 43gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 2640mgPotassium: 670mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 54mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg
Keyword baked ham, glazed ham, pineapple glazed ham

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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