Easy & Amazing Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

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Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

The most requested way for us to make a holiday baked ham is our brown sugar pineapple ham. It’s truly something that has the guys in the house making sure there is no leftover ham. At least not for long.

Leftovers are quickly ate by the slice in the morning for breakfast and as snacks. When possible though, chopping the ham up and adding it to potato soup, is perfect for an easy ham and potato soup.

ham in pan with cloves pushed into it

How Do You Add Flavor To Boneless Ham?

You can do this for a bone in ham or boneless ham. We add in a few whole cloves. Taking a handful (teaspoon or two), pushing into the skin. We do 2 rows or until our fingers hurt and call it good. Do them closer to the top, so the drippings will go down into ham glaze.

Can You Use Ground Cloves?

If using ground cloves, it’s pretty spicy. I would just 1/4 teaspoon and mix it with the brown sugar. Taste it first. It’s a dry potent spice, you do not want it to be over powering. The Ground cloves are not ate (in our house anyway) after cooking with clove.

When Is The Brown Sugar Glaze Put On?

Apply the brown sugar pineapple glaze after the ham has cooked for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove the foil, secure pineapples with toothpicks on the ham. Top with brown sugar while it’s still warm (room temperature).pineapple juice poured onto the ham. Place the ham with the brown sugar pineapple glaze, back into the oven to complete cooking.

How Often Do You Glaze The Ham?

This ham does not need to be glazed. The only time you need to glazed is when you place the topping of pineapples and brown sugar to bake. The brown sugar will slowly run down the ham, self glazing as it cooks.

How Many Pineapple Slices Go On The Ham?

We use the entire can of canned pineapple. Cook and serve the pineapple as a delicious side dish with the meal.

What Is In The Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze?

Pineapple, brown sugar and pineapple juice go into the pineapple ham glaze. The cloves have pierced into the ham.

What to Do with Leftover Ham: Unleash Your Culinary Creativity!

You can make a ham and bean soup, potato soup, scalloped potato and ham, fried ham and don’t forget to make a gravy from the remaining glaze and drippings.

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Simple & Delicious Brown Sugar Ham With Pineapple

Elevate your holiday feast with our game-changing Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham! Experience the perfect blend of sweet and savory as pineapple and brown sugar transform a juicy ham into a culinary delight. 🍍✨ #DeliciousEats #PineappleHam
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Baking, Holiday, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • 1 Boneless/Spiral Ham
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 can pineapple slices with juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • toothpicks for each pineapple slice


  • Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  • In a 9×13 baking pan (or pan with a 2 inch ridge), place the ham in it with about 1 cup water (so it doesn’t burn to the pan)
  • Press cloves all over on top of the ham as many as you desire (this is again optional) I put go around ham twice or until my fingers hurt.
  • Cover the ham with tin foil and place in the oven.
  • Let the ham cook for about 1 1/2 hours and then remove from the oven. Take the can of pineapples and toothpicks and hang the pineapples all around the ham.
  • Take the brown sugar and place on top of the ham. If you wanted, you can do criscross marks on the ham, bit it's not needed, this could dry out the ham.
  • Pour some of the pineapple juice over the top of the brown sugar.
  • Confirm it's warm before pouring the rest into the bottom of the ban with the ham juices.
  • Leave the tin foil off and return the ham to cook until the center is 140 degrees (precooked) or 145 degrees if not precooked.
  • If precooked, you could cook it for another hour. Let your nose guide you. If it's starting to smell like ham, it's close to done.
  • Remove and slice your ham and serve on a platter with your sides.


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Spice up your holiday feast with our Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham! This sweet and savory combo is a game-changer for an unforgettable dining experience.

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