Beautifully caramelized Baked Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze for the holidays or Sunday supper. Feeds a crowd and takes only minutes of hands on prep time.
Easter is a very important holiday in Christendom. Here in the US, it usually coincides with Spring Break and families gather together for the celebration. With so many under one roof, preparing foods that feed a crowd makes sense. This Baked Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze makes an impressive main dish and takes only minutes of hands on preparation time.
Slow Cooker vs Baked
Ham is a much look forward dish at our home. So far, I have shared two slow cooker versions on this blog. These slow cooker hams are great. They are always moist and delicious. You simply set it and forget it. If you are busy with other dishes, slow cooker ham is the way to go.
If you need a center piece, then Baked Ham should be your choice. It requires a little more effort but not too much. The work here mainly involves brushing the glaze onto the ham.
A Successful Attempt on a Baked Ham
This time round, I decided on a baked version and I am glad I did. My Baked Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze turned out beautifully. I am especially pleased and proud of the caramelization of the glaze on the ham which made it look amazing! Best of all was the fact that everyone agreed that it was deliciously moist and very flavorful.
The Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze is made with just four ingredients – pineapple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and whole cloves boiled into a thick and syrupy consistency. It is then brushed onto the ham and into the folds of the cut slices at the very beginning and the last 15 to 20 minutes of baking. The oven does the rest of the work.
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- Take ham out of the refrigerator about 2 hours before baking to allow it to come to room temperature. Remove ham from packaging. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a deep baking dish with fat side up.
- Combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until pineapple juice is reduced by half. It should be thick and syrupy.
- Brush half of the glaze onto the ham and into the folds of the cut slices. Reserve the other half of the glaze for later.
- Place ham in a preheated 325°F (165°C) oven and bake for 1¼ to 1½ hours.
- Carefully remove the ham from the oven and brush the remaining glaze onto the ham. Return to the oven and continue to bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until internal temperature of ham reaches 160°F (71°C).
- Allow ham to rest for 15 minutes before serving.
Serving Suggestions for Baked Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze
I served this ham with roasted Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, carrots, and baby kale salad. It was a tasty meal! Listed below are other side dishes for you to consider.
More Ham Options
If you enjoy ham, you are in the right place. Below are a few more ham options for you to consider. Each one has a different glaze or sauce to suit your mood and taste buds.
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Sometimes it is easier to use a boneless ham for a smaller family or crowd. I really like this Hasselback Pineapple Ham. It has a lovely presentation and the glaze is similar but it uses ground instead of whole spices. There is a video with this recipe showing you how to cut the ham, slot in the pineapple slices, and secure them together so that it does not fall apart. This recipe serves 4 to 5 persons.
Spiral Cut Baked Hams
Here are two other spiral cut baked hams for you to consider. The one with the Marmalade Almond Crust has a marmalade jam and brown sugar glaze. The crust consists of almond meal, crushed cereals, and dried spices. The other ham with the Asian flavors has a glaze made up of hoisin sauce, plum sauce, brown sugar, and dried citrus peel.
Slow Cooker Hams
The Pineapple Cranberry Ham has a sweeter sauce with the addition of dried cranberries. The other one is a classic slow cooker ham using apple juice as the liquid in the sauce.