Pineapple Glazed Ham (2 Ingredients)

March 17, 2021

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Pineapple glazed ham maintains a classic, retro vibe that was fashionable in the 1950s and gets dusted off at holidays and at small-town church basement gatherings. Picture an eight- to 10-pound bone-in ham pricked with toothpicks fastening pineapple rings and maraschino cherries to the outside of a sweet-and-savory glazed ham.

Make your own pineapple ham glaze to brush on top of a large bone-in ham to feed a crowd or a few slices of ham steak for a non-holiday family supper by reducing a mixture of pineapple juice, brown sugar, Dijon Mustard, and ground cloves. Baste on the ham before baking, and a few times during baking, and cook until the ham reaches 140ºF. Remove, cool, and carve.

Close up shot of sliced pineapple glazed ham with slices of pineapple on a white plate. Extra Primal Kitchen Ham Glaze is poured on top of the sliced ham.

If you want to cut down on prep steps and want a ham glaze that’s Whole30 approved, paleo-friendly, and tastes every bit as sweet and savory as the pineapple glazed ham you may remember from your childhood, our ham glaze with pineapple juice and cashew butter might become your new holiday fave. It’s a workhorse in a jar of umami, sweet, savory, and warm spices like pineapple juice concentrate, organic coconut aminos, organic Dijon Mustard, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.

What Should You Serve with Pineapple Glazed Ham?

A white plate filled with sliced ham, steamed asparagus, scalloped potatoes, and Primal Kitchen Ham Glaze in a white ramekin.

If you’re planning an Easter brunch or dinner with friends or family with this pineapple glazed ham as the centerpiece, make your Easter menu with these side dishes:

If you’re planning a holiday meal during the winter season, check out these side dish ideas:

Ways to Use Leftover Ham

The sweet, salty, savory flavors of pineapple glazed ham work well in a variety of dishes. Save the bone and boil with vegetable peels, garlic, herbs, and plenty of seasoning to make bone broth for ham soup. Aside from ham sandwiches or wraps, dice up the leftover ham to use in:

FAQs About Glazed Ham

How long to bake a precooked ham?

Bake a smoked ham at 325ºF for 15–20 minutes per pound until the internal temperature reaches 140ºF.

How often should you glaze the ham?

Brush on the ham glaze before, during, and after baking. While the ham is baking, remove it from the oven about every 30 minutes to brush on more glaze.

Do you need to cover the ham while it bakes?

Bake the glazed ham uncovered for the first hour. The sugars in the ham glaze will caramelize and develop a bronze crust on the outside of the ham. After an hour, cover the ham with aluminum foil or the lid of a large oven-safe Dutch oven so the glaze doesn’t burn and the ham can cook all the way through.

How long can you keep the ham after cooking?

Store any leftover glazed ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five or six days. Wrap leftover glazed ham in parchment paper or foil and store in a labeled freezer-safe bag for two months.

What’s the best way to reheat leftover glazed ham?

Defrost any frozen ham in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. Warm ham in a Dutch oven or in foil at 325ºF oven for nine to 10 minutes per pound so the ham doesn’t dry out while warming.

How much ham do you need to feed six people?

Plan for about 1/4 to 1/3 pounds of ham per adult. If each adult consumes about 1/3 pound of ham, that would be about two pounds of ham for six people.


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