Succulent Brown Sugar & Pineapple Glazed Ham Recipe

The succulent fusion of Brown Sugar and Pineapple Glazed Ham offers a feast for the senses, blending the hearty essence of oven-roasted ham with the indulgent sweetness of brown sugar and the lively, tropical flair of pineapple. This irresistible dish never fails to impress at festive occasions and cozy family meals, enchanting diners with its mouthwatering, caramelized exterior and moist, tender meat. The exquisite balance of flavors in this exceptional main course elevates any dining experience, showcasing a perfect union of taste and time-honored culinary customs.

Recipe for Brown Sugar and Pineapple Glazed Ham

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-10 lbs) bone-in ham, fully cooked
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coarse-grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple rings, drained and juice reserved
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice (from the can)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 15-20 whole cloves (optional)
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Position the ham with the fat side facing up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. If desired, use a sharp knife to score a diamond pattern on the surface of the ham, creating cuts about 1/4 inch deep.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the brown sugar, coarse-grain mustard, honey, pineapple juice, ground cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to create a luscious glaze.
  3. Generously coat the ham with the brown sugar-pineapple glaze, making sure to cover all sides.
  4. Optionally, decorate the ham with whole cloves by inserting them into the diamond-shaped cuts. Position the pineapple rings around and atop the ham, securing them with toothpicks.
  5. Roast the ham for approximately 2 hours, or until an instant-read thermometer indicates an internal temperature of 140°F (60°C). Baste the ham with pan juices every 30 minutes to maintain moisture.
  6. Upon reaching the desired temperature, remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  7. If desired, garnish with maraschino cherries and serve warm alongside your choice of side dishes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Protein: 32 g
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Sugars: 29 g
  • Sodium: 1800 mg