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Pineapple & Honey Glazed Ham (Bone-In)

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A staple for many holiday dinners, this old fashioned bone in pineapple and honey glazed ham is a truly wonderful thing when properly prepared.

This easy bone-in ham is perfect for serving at Easter, Thanksgiving or even Christmas. If you’re into meal prepping, you can even cook this ham on the weekend and use any leftover meat for sandwiches, breakfast egg muffins, and more throughout the week.

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Different Types Of Ham

Ham is by definition, the cured hind leg of the pig. Ham may be dry cured, or wet cured (brined), as well as smoked.

Depending on the specific cut of the leg and the curing process, various different types of hams may be created, such as Parma ham, and Serrano ham.

When choosing a ham for your holiday dinner, you usually have a few options, and it can be confusing if you’re not sure what to look for.

Bone- in Ham vs Boneless Ham

A ‘whole ham‘ usually refers to the entire cured rear leg of pork and includes the thigh bone, part of the pelvic bone, and occasionally part of the tailbone.

A whole ham is usually large enough to feed anywhere from 12 to 20 people, but due to its size, it also takes quite a while to cook.

Alternatively, you can opt for a ‘half ham‘, and these are usually the size you’ll find at grocery stores. When choosing a half ham you can choose between the ‘Butt‘ or ‘Shank‘ cut. Both are bone-in.

  • The butt is cut from the upper part of the leg and is usually leaner and more tender.
  • The shank is cut from the lower part of the leg and is slightly tougher then the butt. The shank makes up for this though by being fattier and more flavorful.

Hams cut from the lower leg (the shank cut) are usually easier to cut as there is no hip bone you need to cut around.

Boneless hams are also an option and also come brined or smoked. Just as advertised, they have had the leg bone removed, and were traditionally tied back up with butchers twine to making roasting easier.

Nowadays you’ll find boneless ham usually sealed in plastic in an oval shape. The upside to boneless hams Is that they are easier to carve, but they are not as flavorful or juicy as a bone in ham.

Bone-in Hams are juicier and more flavorful, and you get a wonderful ham bone with which to make soup or broth with after!

Pre-Cooked vs Uncooked Ham

In North America, you will often find pre-cooked hams which will be labelled ‘ready to eat’. Finding un-cooked ham is very difficult in grocery stores, though you can pre-order un-cooked, cured hams from your local butcher.

Pre-cooked hams still need to be ‘cooked’ or roasted, but only to bring them up to temperature, and crisp up the fat. As such they are roasted at lower oven temperatures (300F – 325F) for 12- 15 minutes per pound.

How Do You Cook A Bone In Ham?

As a rule of thumb, bone-in hams are cooked for about 15 minutes per pound. This usually results in a cooking time of about one to two hours depending on the size of the ham. A little longer if glazing the ham.

Once you’ve purchased a ham and are ready to cook it, its important to make sure the rind, or skin, has been removed. Some hams will be marked ‘skinless’, make sure to check what yours says!

While you could leave the rind on, it is not very palatable and has a tough rubbery texture when cooked. It does not crisp up well.

If you purchased a ham with the rind on, you can watch this video to see how to remove it!

Once the skin has been removed, proceed with the recipe below.

Pineapple & Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

Note: this recipe for honey glazed bone-in ham uses pre-cooked ham (the butt). I used a smoked, skin-less ham butt which was pre-cooked

Ingredients

To make this glazed ham you’ll need:

  • 1 8-10 lb pre-cooked bone-in ham – pull the ham 1 – 2 hours before starting to let it come to room temperature.
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 ripe pineapple

For the glaze you’ll need:

  • 1.5 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 whole oranges -juiced
  • 1 lemon – juiced

Instructions

1.Preheat the oven to 325F and remove any packaging or netting the ham may be wrapped in. If the ham still has a rind, remove this.

Score the fat with a sharp paring knife. Try to avoid cutting into the ham itself.

the fat on a ham butt being scored with a knife

2.Place the ham with the cut side down in a roasting pan and add 1/4 cup of water to the pan. Cover the ham with tinfoil or a roasting pan lid. This will help keep moisture in the ham as it comes up to temperature.

Cook the ham for 1 hour, or until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 120F. Use a meat thermometer to check this.

3. As the ham cooks prepare the glaze by combining all the glaze ingredients in a pot and gently bringing them to a simmer. Cook the glaze until it starts to thicken slightly.

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honey and pineapple glaze simmering on the stove

4. After the first hour is up, remove the lid from the ham and remove any liquid that may be in the pan. Set the juice aside, and turn the oven up to 350F. Take 1/3 of the glaze you made, and pour it over the ham, making sure to fully coat the ham. Roast the ham for 15 minutes

5. Take the pineapple slices and pin them to the ham, making sure to evenly cover the ham. Using a ladle or large spoon baste the ham and pineapple slices with any glaze in the bottom of the roasting pan. Baste the ham every ten minutes for the next half hour.

fresh pineapple slices pinned onto a glazed ham butt

6. Take the temperature of the ham to see how far done it is. It should be at least around 150F- 155F by this point.

7. Turn up the temperature to 375F, and bake the honey and pineapple glazed ham, for another 15 minutes to lightly broil the pineapple.

8. Remove the ham from the oven, and let it rest for 10 minutes. As the ham rests, pour any remaining glaze( both in the pan and on the stove ) into the juice you set aside earlier. Thicken the sauce with cornstarch or a roux.

Serve the honey and pineapple glazed ham with the cooked pineapple slices as garnish. You may need to remove them from the ham to slice it!

vertical image of a pineapple and honey glazed bone in ham on a white serving platter with a carving fork stuck in it

What Should You Serve With This Honey Glazed Ham?

This classic glazed ham is ideal for special occasions. Tender, juicy, and loaded with flavour I could eat the whole ham all by myself!

If serving as a main course, serve the ham alongside:

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Pineapple & Honey Glazed Ham (Bone-In)

Sweet, succulent, and full of flavour, this honey glazed bone-in ham is the perfect Holiday meal to feed your guests. Serve it for Easter, Thanksgiving, or even Christmas!
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword bone in ham, Easter ham, Honey baked ham recipe, How long do you cook a ham?, What is the best ham to buy?
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 535kcal
Author Chef Markus Mueller

Ingredients

  • 1 8-10 lb pre-cooked bone-in ham pull the ham 1 – 2 hours before starting to let it come to room temperature.
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 whole ripe pineapple cored & cut into slices

For the glaze you’ll need:

  • 1.5 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 whole oranges juiced
  • 1 lemon juiced

Instructions

  • Pre heat the oven to 325F and then remove any packaging or netting the ham may be wrapped in. If the ham still has a rind, remove this. Score the fat with a sharp paring knife. Try to avoid cutting into the ham itself.
  • Place the ham with the cut side down in a roasting pan and add 1/4 cup of water to the pan. Cover the ham with tinfoil or a roasting pan lid. This will help keep moisture in the ham as it comes up to temperature. Cook the ham for 1 hour, or until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 120F. Use a meat thermometer to check this.
  • As the ham cooks prepare the glaze by combining all the glaze ingredients in a pot and gently bringing them to a simmer. Cook the glaze until it starts to thicken slightly.
  • After the first hour is up, remove the lid from the ham and remove any liquid that may be in the pan. Set the juice aside, and turn the oven up to 350F. Take 1/3 of the glaze you made, and pour it over the ham, making sure to fully coat the ham. Roast the ham for 15 minutes
  • Take the pineapple slices and pin them to the ham, making sure to evenly cover the ham. Using a ladle or large spoon baste the ham and pineapple slices with any glaze in the bottom of the roasting pan. Baste the ham every ten minutes for the next half hour.
  • Take the temperature of the ham to see how far done it is. It should be at least around 150F- 155F by this point.
  • Turn up the temperature to 375F, and bake the honey and pineapple glazed ham, for another 15 minutes to lightly broil the pineapple.
  • Remove the ham from the oven, and let it rest for 10 minutes. As the ham rests, pour any remaining glaze( both in the pan and on the stove ) into the juice you set aside earlier. Thicken the sauce with cornstarch or a roux.

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18 Comments

  1. This looks awesome! I have never tried to make ham at home, but for this, I might have to give it a go!


  2. That crispy outside looks so perfect! I love when the glaze gets that perfect toasty color. I’ve never used pineapple juice in a ham glaze before but can’t wait to give this one a try!

  3. I’ve never actually made a ham, so all the background info is super helpful! I’ve always wondered, though — why do you pin the pineapple to the outside of the ham? Does it help get more of a pineapple juice flavor into the skin than the glaze itself? Do you eat the pineapple afterwards or just discard it?


  4. I think pineapple rings on ham make it look so festive.


  5. Oh, this is exactly what my family would die for! We love a good ham–and to be honest, we have gotten lazy and ordered them recently so I think it’s time to make our own!


  6. This sweet ham recipe sounds so good! I love using bone-in ham and it also would be great in sandwiches the next day.


  7. HUGE fan of pineapple and honey on a ham! Your cuts are GORGEOUS and this seriously sounds amazing! Definitely pinning for later!


  8. I’ve never cooked my own bone-in ham before, so I really appreciate how much solid information there is in this post about how to do it. The honey glaze sounds marvelous too!


  9. Never thought cooking ham at home is very easy. And thanks for the informative notes. Now I can’t wait to make this ham this weekend.

  10. Wow! This pineapple and honey glazed ham is just beautiful! It would be perfect for Easter dinner. I’m going to show the recipe to my family!


  11. I love a fresh ham for the holidays and this looks so perfect for Easter! Love the pineapples…so pretty!


  12. Thanks for posting this classic holiday (or Sunday) ham recipe with such clear and concise instructions and photos. I think if I were in your kitchen that I would be doing some serious damage to this beautiful ham recipe. Great job!!


  13. This is mouth melting and I am drooling with the look and combinations to it. Have to make an attempt this Easter. So very special and perfect.

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