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This easy Honey Glazed Ham with Pineapple bakes to perfection using just a few simple ingredients. The homemade glaze seeps down over the sweet pineapple and in between the slices of the spiral cut ham giving each piece the most incredible flavor that’s sure to get rave reviews! Whether making it for a special occasion, holiday, or for an everyday family meal, everyone will love the awesome combination of sweet and salty flavors.
Honey Glazed Ham with Pineapple Recipe
The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without a delicious honey ham taking center stage at the dinner table. And while those famous honey baked hams from Logan Farms or the Honey Baked Ham store are delicious, who really has time to stand in those long lines to get one, not to mention the insane price tag you see these days. With this recipe, you can make your own baked ham in no time that tastes even better and at a fraction of the cost!
Because you’re baking a whole ham, leftovers are delicious in these Hawaiin Ham and Cheese Sliders and this amazing Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole. They’re the perfect way to use up leftovers because you bake once and can have three totally different meals the family will flip over.
💖 Why We Love This Recipe
- Makes the perfect entree for your Easter dinner, Christmas dinner, or any holiday meal.
- Super simple recipe that’s easy enough to make and enjoy as a family dinner anytime of the year.
- The homemade glaze is sweet and sticky and is the perfect complement to the salty ham.
- This copycat ham recipe is even better than the big brand names and is much more affordable.
- Baking pan or roasting pan
- Basting brush
- Cutting board
🛒 What’s Need to Make Homemade Glazed Ham
- Ham– 4–6-pound boneless ham
- Pineapple rings (save the juice)
- Maraschino cherries
- Light brown sugar-can use dark brown sugar if you prefer.
- Reserved pineapple juice
How to Make the Best Ham with Brown Sugar and Honey Glaze
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step One: Prepare the Ham
- On a cutting board, cover the spiral ham with pineapple slices using toothpicks to secure. Add cherries to middle of slices.
- Place ham in a baking dish with one cup water
- Cover with aluminum foil and place in oven for 45 minutes.
Step Two: Make the Brown Sugar Home Glaze
- In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey and pineapple juice. Cook the sugar mixture over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the honey glaze thickens up a little. Simmer it on low heat until ready to baste the ham.
Step Three: Baste the Ham
- After 45 minutes in the oven, uncover the honey ham and begin basting with the brown sugar glaze. Brush over the outside of the ham. Cook for another 10 minutes and repeat 3 times with the rest of the glaze or until the pineapple begins to brown.
Step Four: Finish and Serve
- Once the thickest part of the ham is warm, remove ham from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes and serve hot.
Baked Ham Variations and Add-ins
Glaze: This recipe is always a favorite glaze for ham, but you can add your own twist to it. To add more depth to the glaze, Dijon mustard is always a great choice. Just add a little to the other glaze ingredients. If you like the slight bit of tanginess of honey mustard, you could also add a touch of yellow mustard or mustard powder to the glaze mixture. Just add a touch though because you want to glaze to be sticky and not overpowered with mustard flavor.
Juice: If you want to make a double batch of the glaze for maybe carrots or sweet potatoes, but you run out of the reserved pineapple juice, you can always add canned pineapple juice, orange juice, or even a little ginger ale to give you that same sweet and sticky glaze.
Other seasonings: Cloves add a nice warm seasoning to baked ham that is always great, especially during the winter holidays. You can take whole cloves and press them into the outer skin of the ham, or you can even add a pinch of ground cloves to the honey mixture while it cooks.
What Type of Ham Should I Use?
The great thing about ham recipes is you can use any kind of ham you prefer. We love a spiral-cut ham because it makes serving it so easy. Plus, the glaze seeps down in between the layers and gives it incredible flavor.
When you’re buying a ham, they are seldom labeled as a butt or shank. The shank end of a ham will be more pointed and will have a tapered end. The butt end will be wider and more round you are feeding.
Hams are usually labeled as half ham or whole. A half ham is the butt OR the shank, while a whole ham is both the shank AND the butt. Both cuts are really tasty, but my personal preference is the shank because it has mostly dark meat and is moister.
Another factor you will need to decide is do you want a bone-in ham or a boneless one. If you prefer a bone-in ham, you can follow the exact same process as the rest of this recipe.
While most any ham will work, it is best to avoid “dinner ham.” Those are usually made using pressed pork with a lot of additives and preservatives. The flavors of the glaze just cannot penetrate those types of ham very well and they just do not taste as good.
How Much Ham Do I Need Per Person?
When trying to plan ahead for guests, you’ll want to make sure you have enough to feed everyone. We used a boneless spiral cut ham for this recipe, so the total weight when buying the ham should calculate to be about 1/4 to 1/2 pounds per person.
If you are cooking a bone-in ham, the bone adds weight, so you’ll want to figure about 1/3 to1/2 pound per person.
What Side Dish is Best with Baked Ham?
How Long Will a Honey Baked Ham Last in the Fridge?
This copycat honey baked ham will stay fresh for about five days in the fridge. Just make sure it’s wrapped well in plastic wrap or stored in an air-tight container.
Can You Freeze Honey Baked Ham?
You sure can. For best results, you’ll want to freeze them in separate servings so you can thaw just how much need at a time. Wrap the pre-sliced ham in a couple layers of plastic wrap then in a layer of heavy duty aluminum foil. Then just place in the freezer for up to several months.
Before you’re ready to serve it, you can just place the ham in the fridge over night or until thawed.
How to Reheat Honey Bake Ham
If you don’t want to fool with thawing out the leftover ham before reheating it, no worries. Just preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the ham in a baking dish with just about 1 inch of water in the bottom. Reheating it with a little water on a lower temperature ensures it stays moist as it reheats. You should figure on about 20 minutes per pound of ham you’re reheating.
If reheating thawed ham, you’ll just reduce the cooking time to about 10 minutes per pound. Of course, if you’re like me, I love a plain old cold ham sandwich so once a cooked ham has thawed, you can eat it straight out of the fridge.
Can I Use this Marinade with Other Things?
After you taste this amazing brown sugar glaze recipe, you just won’t be able to get enough of it! Try it the next time you bake a pork tenderloin or turkey breast. It’s also great on a whole roast chicken. Depending on what you’re cooking, you can adjust the flavors of the glaze to have more of savory taste by adding fresh herbs to it.
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Honey Glazed Ham with Pineapple
- 4-6 pound ham
- 1 can pineapple rings reserve pineapple juice
- 1 jar maraschino cherries
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- On a cutting board, cover ham with pineapple slices using toothpicks to secure. Add cherries to middle of slices.
- Place ham in a baking dish with 1 cup water
- Cover with aluminum foil and place in oven for 45 minutes.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey and pineapple juice. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and mixture thickens a little.
- After 45 minutes in the oven, uncover ham and begin basting with brown sugar marinade. Brush over the outside of the ham. Cook for another 10 minutes and repeat 3 times or until the pineapple begins to brown.
- Once satisfied, remove ham from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes and serve hot.
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