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Baked Ham with Pineapple

I first learned the technique for cooking pineapple ham for a themed dinner my husband and I hosted. Since it was widely known as the symbol of hospitality, pineapple was the star ingredient on our menu and on this lovely baked ham. —JoAnn Fox, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2 hours
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1 fully cooked bone-in ham (6 to 8 pounds)
  • Whole cloves
  • 1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 12 maraschino cherries


  • Place ham in roasting pan. Score the surface with shallow diagonal cuts, making diamond shapes; insert cloves into diamonds. Cover and bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup of the juice. Combine brown sugar and reserved pineapple juice; pour over ham. Arrange pineapple slices and cherries on ham. Bake, uncovered, 30-45 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 140° and the ham is heated through.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • The sweetness of pineapple in this recipe is a great way to bring out all the best and savory flavors you get with ham.
  • Use that leftover ham in one of these savory recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3 ounces cooked ham: 219 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 924mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 17g protein.


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    • Mary
      Jun 23, 2020

      This is how I bake my hams except instead of using pineapple juice I use Ginger Ale to mix with the brown sugar.

    • Karen Sue
      Dec 25, 2019

      I can't see the recipe because of the ads for ingredients

    • Cheryl
      Dec 25, 2018

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    • Susan
      Jan 19, 2018

      This was delicious. I scored the top of my 6 1/2 pound semi boneless half fully cooked ham and then sprinkled ground clove over it. Covered with foil and baked at 325 for 90 minutes. Took out of oven to add glaze. Note: I added a tablespoon of honey mustard to the pineapple juice and brown sugar mixture. Poured on top and brushed it around to make sure the glaze covered all areas. I then put 6 pieces of pineapple on top. Used toothpicks to secure. Put back in oven for 30 minutes. Checked it and spooned the glaze over the top and put back in oven for about 10 more minutes until it reached 140. It was perfect!!

    • geoex2004
      Dec 16, 2015

      I tried this recipe but did not have pineapple on hand so used sliced apples and fresh apple cider with the brown sugar. The kids said it was Awesome

    • pdeterding
      Apr 8, 2015

      Wow! This was a real hit!

    • Countrypatty
      Feb 23, 2015

      I have been using this recipe for decades except that I add a tablespoon of yellow mustard to the pineapple juice and brown sugar glaze for a little extra zing.

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      Jan 20, 2013

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      Dec 27, 2012

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