Baked Ham With Pineapple

Ham with pineapple
Basya555 /Getty Images
  • Total: 3 hrs 55 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 3 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: 10 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
74 Calories
0g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
See Full Nutritional Guidelines Hide Full Nutritional Guidelines
×
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 74
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 0g
Calcium 12mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A baked ham studded with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries is a welcome centerpiece to a festive meal. It might be a tradition for your family for Easter or Christmas, or it can simply hearken back to days gone by.

This pineapple baked ham is made with a picnic ham, which is not a true ham. The picnic is cut from the front leg or shoulder instead of the back end of the animal. The shoulder is cured like a true ham, so it has ham flavor. A shank ham is easier to carve, but a picnic ham is more economical.

Pineapple and honey help to flavor the glaze for this tasty smoked shoulder ham. They serve the purpose of providing sweetness to offset the saltiness of the ham, so the fruit is not just there for decoration.

As well, the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality. New England sea captains would herald their return from the tropics by spearing a pineapple outside their front doors. The symbol spread throughout the American colonies and can be seen in traditional colonial Christmas decorations.

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 to 7 pounds) smoked picnic shoulder (fully cooked)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pineapple slices (in juice)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed, light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries
  • Optional: whole cloves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Remove the skin from the ham.

  3. Place the ham on a rack in a baking pan, fat-side up.

  4. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.

  5. Bake at 325 F for about 30 minutes a pound, or to 140 F on ​the meat thermometer.

  6. Place a sieve or colander over a bowl and drain the pineapple.

  7. Measure 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice into a saucepan.

  8. Add the brown sugar and honey to the saucepan and then cook over low heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.

  9. Remove the foil from the ham and score the fat in a diamond pattern.

  10. Brush the ham with the pineapple-honey glaze mixture.

  11. Arrange the pineapple slices and cherries in a pattern over the top of the ham, securing with toothpicks.

  12. Stud with cloves, if desired, and brush again with the pineapple-honey mixture.

  13. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 30 minutes at 325 F, basting with ​the pineapple-honey mixture.

  14. Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

  15. Slice the ham in slices that are 1/4-inch thick.

  16. Serve and enjoy!

Serve your ham with your favorite savory side dishes. Suggestions include garlic mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, rice, creamed spinach, green beans with mushrooms or pearl onions, roasted asparagus, green salad, and hot rolls with butter.

Cover and refrigerate any leftover ham. It will keep well in the refrigerator for several days.

Tips for Leftover Ham

  • Enjoy slices of ham the next day for meals, rewarmed in the microwave or in a skillet.
  • Sliced ham is great for sandwiches.
  • Use ham slices for breakfast along with eggs and hash browns.
  • Dice or cube leftover ham for use in casseroles and soups.
  • Save the ham bone to use for making soup. You can freeze the bone for later use.