This Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is incredibly easy and full of decadent flavor. It’s loaded with sweet pineapple, dark brown sugar, dijon mustard, and much more…the flavorful glaze coats and clings to each slice of ham. You’ll love this sticky, sweet, and succulent ham that’s perfect for all of your holiday festivities! Pair with your favorite sides for a complete meal. This glazed ham is finger-licking good!

pineapple brown sugar glazed ham on white oval platter with rosemary sprigs on the side

Thanksgiving is next week and I’ve gotta hit y’all with this pineapple brown sugar glazed ham recipe. Now, I know that turkey gets all the buzz around the holidays, but I know that many of us aren’t that obsessed with it. Me? You can give me anything but that and I’d be a happy camper, ha. I’m all about the sides and a good glazed ham or a smothered turkey wings moment.

Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham 🍍

A glazed ham recipe that screams low-effort, high-reward and is full of flavor! Listen, I love the fact that we’re using a quarter, sliced ham instead of a gigantic ham that you have so much of and have to carve, etc. I’d say this glazed ham recipe is perfect for smaller, intimate gatherings. The glaze consists of pantry staple ingredients that come together quickly. The sticky glaze caramelizes on the juicy, succulent slices of ham and it’s mouthwateringly good!

⇢ This season is all about cozy eats like Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, warming bowls of Cajun Gumbo, and even cozier grub like Chicken Pot Pie– swoon.

pineapple glazed ham with mashed potatoes and green beans on floral plate

Glazed Ham Recipe Highlights

Here are the main highlights you’ll appreciate about this recipe:

  1. Straightforward and simple…This recipe is insanely easy, friends. Go on and get you a sliced ham quarter, make the glaze, and then bake. Boom. It’s so simple, dang near foolproof, and so very delicious!
  2. Pineapple brown sugar glaze…Ham and brown sugar go together like salt and pepper do. That rich molasses-y sweetness is a ham’s bestie. Furthermore, pineapple’s tropical essence and light sweetness add so much contrast and depth when combined with the other glaze ingredients.
  3. Holiday entertaining, special occasions, and more…Whether you’re entertaining around the holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter, this pineapple brown sugar glazed ham is perfect for holiday-centered festivities. However, this glazed ham recipe is also clutch for special occasions or regular everyday dinners, too.
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Ingredients You’ll Need For This Glazed Ham:

(Note: the full ingredients list, including measurements, is provided in the recipe card directly below.)

  • Boneless, sliced ham: These types of ham are usually packaged in plastic wrap and already sliced, they’re also known as a quarter ham. You can find them right near the breakfast ham/cooked ham section in the grocery store.
  • Pineapple slices: A full can of pineapple slices in pineapple juice, yum.
  • Brown sugar: Can’t beat that dark brown sugar magic when it comes to ham.
  • Vinegar: We need a little acidity in the glaze for balance.
  • Dijon mustard: The pungent, bold, and tangy flavor is chefs kiss in a glaze!
  • Molasses: For a more concentrated molasses kick.
  • Worcestershire sauce: A pantry staple, bottled condiment that gives a boost to so many dishes, like glazes and sauces. It has a unique combo of flavors from various ingredients. Also, it kinda acts like an umami flavor bomb, too.
  • Salt & pepper: To season the glaze, to taste.
  • Ground allspice: Aka dried pimento berries, it’s a combination of flavors like cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, fennel, black pepper, and star anise.
  • Liquid smoke: This ingredient is amazing at bringing a level of deep, intense smoky flavor to sauces and glazes…I use hickory flavor.
  • Cornstarch: For a cornstarch slurry to help thicken the sauce.

How To Make This Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Recipe:

(Note: please see the recipe card directly below for the complete written instructions.)

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly spray a large, shallow roasting pan or baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Pat the ham dry with a paper towel. Add the sliced ham to the prepared baking pan. Then nestle the pineapple slices in the same pan in between the sliced ham. Set aside while you prepare the pineapple brown sugar glaze.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the canned pineapple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, dijon mustard, molasses, worcestershire sauce, salt/pepper- to taste, allspice, and liquid smoke. Stir the mixture well to thoroughly combine and bring the glaze to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and let the glaze simmer for 4-5 minutes. Then add the cornstarch slurry and stir well to combine until the glaze thickens and has a syrup-like consistency. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour half of the glaze over the ham and be sure to get some of the glaze in between each slice (set the remaining glaze aside). Then tent the pan with aluminum foil. Bake the ham for 30 minutes at 325°F.
  5. After baking, remove the ham from the oven and remove the foil. Increase the oven temperature to 425°F.
  6. Meanwhile, coat the sliced ham with the remaining bit of glaze, getting all in between the slices. Bake, uncovered, at 425°F for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the glaze has caramelized and the ham is golden brown.
  7. Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then transfer to a serving platter if you’d like. Serve this pineapple brown sugar glazed ham immediately alongside your favorite side dishes, if desired.
pineapple brown sugar glazed ham with rosemary sprigs and carving knife on white platter

Tips + Tricks & Recipe Notes

Here are some extra things and notes for you on this glazed ham:

  • Helpful equipment for this recipe: A simple roasting pan or baking dish like this one is nice, and I love a good meat fork for serving.
  • Get the glaze all up in there: Be sure to get the glaze all in between the slices for that sticky icky luscious goodness to be on every slice! 👅
  • What to serve with glazed ham?: We love serving this pineapple brown sugar glazed ham recipe with air fryer green beans and mashed potatoes, or these rosemary sweet potato rolls– sooo incredibly delicious.
  • Ways to use leftover ham: Enjoy leftover glazed ham in sandwiches, croissants, soups, and quiche, or use up in ham and cheese sliders, whew.
pineapple brown sugar glazed ham on plates with gold fork and knife

Storing Your Glazed Ham

To store in the fridge: Transfer the leftover ham to an airtight container, and keep stored in the fridge for up to three days. Simply reheat in the microwave until warmed through.

To store in the freezer: Wrap leftover ham tightly in foil and then place it into a large freezer-safe bag for optimal freshness, and keep stored in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, and reheat in the microwave until warmed through.

sliced pineapple brown sugar glazed ham on white platter

Oh yeah, this Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is hitting all the high notes. It’s juicy, flavorful, and so scrumptious. Be sure to tag @butterbeready in your BBR recipe creations, I sure love to see it when you do. Until next time! 🤟🏾

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pineapple brown sugar glazed ham on white oval platter with rosemary sprigs on the side

Sticky Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

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  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Stovetop, Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

This Pineapple Brown Sugar Glazed Ham is incredibly easy and full of decadent flavor. It’s loaded with sweet pineapple, dark brown sugar, dijon mustard, and much more…the flavorful glaze coats and clings to each slice of ham. You’ll love this sticky, sweet, and succulent ham that’s perfect for all of your holiday festivities! Pair with your favorite sides for a complete meal. This glazed ham is finger-licking good!


Ingredients

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  • 2.5 lbs boneless, sliced ham (quarter ham)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pineapple slices in 100% pineapple juice, juice separated from slices
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup champagne vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, coarse ground
  • 1 tablespoon unsulphered molasses
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch- mixed with ½ cup water, for slurry

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly spray a large, shallow roasting pan or baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Remove your ham from the packaging and pat the ham dry with a paper towel. Add the sliced ham to the prepared baking pan- laying the slices in the pan so that the majority of the slices are exposed. It’s okay for some of them to overlap. Then nestle the pineapple slices in the same pan, layering them in between the sliced ham. Set aside while you prepare the pineapple brown sugar glaze.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the canned pineapple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, dijon mustard, molasses, worcestershire sauce, salt/pepper- to taste, allspice, and liquid smoke. Stir the mixture well to thoroughly combine and bring the glaze to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and let the glaze simmer for 4-5 minutes. Then add the cornstarch slurry and stir well to combine until the glaze thickens and has a syrup-like consistency. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour half of the glaze over the ham and be sure to get some of the glaze in between each slice (set the remaining glaze aside). Then tent the pan with aluminum foil. Bake the ham for 30 minutes at 325°F.
  5. After baking, remove the ham from the oven and remove the foil. Increase the oven temperature to 425°F.
  6. Meanwhile, coat the sliced ham with the remaining bit of glaze, getting all in between the slices. Bake, uncovered, at 425°F for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the glaze has caramelized and the ham is beautifully glossy and golden brown.
  7. Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then transfer the glazed ham with pineapple slices onto a nice serving platter (garnish with fresh herbs for the aesthetics if you’d like). Serve this pineapple brown sugar glazed ham immediately alongside your favorite side dishes, if desired. We like to save the pan drippings to drizzle over the servings, too! Enjoy!

Notes

  1. To store in the fridge: Transfer the leftover ham to an airtight container, and keep stored in the fridge for up to three days. Simply reheat in the microwave until warmed through.
  2. To store in the freezer: Wrap leftover ham tightly in foil and then place it into a large freezer-safe bag for optimal freshness, and keep stored in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, and reheat in the microwave until warmed through.
  3. Please read blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.