This recipe will teach you how to make an OMG-worthy pineapple ham glaze with brown sugar and Dijon mustard. This ham is packed full of plenty of protein and it offers a delightful tropical twist to your meals. Serve it with your favorite bread buns or even with a side salad. It’s perfect for planning meals ahead as well!
How to Make Pineapple Ham
Follow these simple directions to prepare an irresistibly juicy ham with pineapple and maraschino cherries:
- Preheat the oven. Preheat your oven to 325℉.
- Prepare the roasting pan. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil.
- Prep the ham. Put the ham in the roasting pan.
- Score the ham. Use a knife to score the surface of the ham in a diamond pattern.
- Add the pineapples and cherries. Arrange the pineapple slices and maraschino cherries on the ham and secure with toothpicks.
- Set aside. Set the ham aside while you prepare the homemade glaze (see below for details).
- Glaze the ham. Spoon the glaze over top of the ham.
- Bake. Bake the ham in the preheated oven for one hour, basting with the pan juices halfway through.
- Shield the ham. Shield the ham with aluminum foil after one hour to prevent excess browning and bake for an additional 60 to 90 minutes, basting with pan juices every 30 minutes.
- Cool. Remove the ham from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes.
- Serve. Serve with your favorite side dish.
How to Make Ham Glaze with Brown Sugar and Dijon Mustard
Here’s how to quickly and easily prepare the homemade glaze with brown sugar and Dijon mustard:
- Combine the ingredients. Add the pineapple juice, brown sugar, Dijon mustard and ground cloves to a small saucepan and whisk to combine.
- Boil. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat.
- Simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Glaze the ham. Remove from the heat and spoon the glaze over top of the ham.
3 Quick Tips for Making Homemade Pineapple Ham
Here are 3 quick tips to remember when making this recipe to make sure that your ham is turning out perfectly every time:
- Don’t be shy with the glaze. The purpose of the homemade glaze is to add flavor and texture to your ham. With that in mind, don’t be shy about really smothering your ham as you spoon the glaze over top of it.
- Shielding the ham is important. It’s essential to shield the ham with alumnium foil after the first hour or so of baking for best results. Leave the foil off initially to allow the ham to caremelize before shielding it to trap more moisture and prevent excess browning.
- Don’t forget to baste. Make sure that you’re basting your ham in the pan juices every 30 minutes throughout the entire cooking time. This will lock in even more moisture and allow the flavor of the juices to fully permeate through the meat.
Can I Freeze Ham?
You can easily freeze this pineapple ham recipe. You’ll first want to allow the ham to cool completely before transferring it into a freezer-safe airtight container. Freeze for up to 2 months.
You can also keep the ham stored in the fridge in airtight containers for up to 3 to 5 days.
(Also try: Honey-Lavender Glazed Chicken Marinade)Print
OMG-worthy Pineapple Ham Glaze With Brown Sugar and Dijon Mustard
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
- Yield: 16 1x
- 1 (6-8 pound) fully cooked ham, preferably boneless
- 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple slices, drained
- maraschino cherries, drained and rinsed
For the glaze:
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- Preheat oven to 325ºF.
- Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil.
- Place the ham in the roasting pan.
- Using a knife, score the surface on the ham in diamond pattern.
- Arrange the pineapple and cherries on the ham and secure with toothpicks.
- Set aside.
- To make the glaze, add all the ingredient to a small saucepan and whisk to combine.
- Bring to a boil over medium hight heat.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat.
- Spoon the glaze over the ham.
- Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour basting with pan juices every 30 minutes.
- Shield with aluminum foil after 1 hour to prevent excess browning and bake an additional 1 to 1 ½ hours.
- Remove from the oven.
- Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.