Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham is the perfect Christmas or Easter Ham recipe! We made a delicious brown sugar and pineapple glaze for ham, and your holiday table will never be the same. This spiral ham recipe is easy to make, and filled with SO much flavor!
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Spiral Ham Recipe
We always love to have Pineapple Ham on our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter tables. The Pineapple Ham Glaze on this spiral ham is our very favorite classic way to prepare easy ham for the holidays.
Nothing says the holidays like a good Ham recipe. This Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham is just perfect for the holiday because it’s super tasty and super easy!
This is the best spiral ham recipe out there. Simple, delicious, and something everyone will love. The glaze is a mix of cola, brown sugar, and pineapple, so it’s got plenty of flavor.
It will look so beautiful at the center of the table, surrounded by whatever side dishes you decide to serve.
Best Spiral Ham Recipe with Pineapple Ham Glaze
This spiral ham makes holidays easy, and with this amazing cola, brown sugar, and pineapple ham glaze, this just might be the BEST spiral ham recipe. Especially for Easter and other holidays!
What is a spiral cut ham?
Spiral-cut hams were made for convenience. It can be pretty difficult to cut bone-in hams, and most of us don’t want to deal with that at the holiday table.
A spiral ham is cut (before you buy it) in a spiral shape around the bone. This leaves the meat on the bone, but makes it really easy to slice the ham when you’re ready to serve it. Genius!
How long does Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham need to cook?
As with any meat, how long to cook a spiral ham depends on the size of the ham and your oven. It will vary slightly, but a good rule of thumb is about 10-15 minutes per pound of meat.
However, simply following our recipe, you will get a perfectly cooked ham!
Internal temperature for Pork
You’ll be checking the internal temperature every 10 minutes as you baste and glaze, so this time will vary.
We just want to make sure we get to an internal temperature that is safe to consume (140°F) while continuously glazing with our pineapple ham glaze to keep it moist.
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I love using this meat thermometer for making sure our Pineapple Ham cooks to 140 degrees! Easy for beginners & totally worth the $10 cost!
Pineapple Ham Glaze
The pineapple, brown sugar and coca cola ham glaze is what gives this recipe all of its flavor! It’s an interesting mix of ingredients that combine to create one TASTY glaze.
We start with the cola and brown sugar ham glaze, made on the stove top. That gets poured all over the ham, and then we add in the crushed pineapple separately, but it all mixes together as the ham bakes in the oven.
We use this same glaze to baste as it bakes, so more and more flavor and moisture gets added in throughout the whole process.
Pineapple Ham Glaze Ingredients:
- Dark Brown Sugar
- Coca Cola or Dr. Pepper
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
- Dijon Mustard
- Grainy Mustard
- Onion Powder
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Tips for making the best ham glaze
This brown sugar pineapple ham glaze is super easy to make. You can make it on the stove while the ham goes through the initial baking process, so it’s ready to glaze when the ham comes out.
To make the glaze:
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring often.
- When it reaches a syrupy consistency, remove it from heat and set it aside until ready to use.
How to Make Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham
Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!
- Start by scoring the ham. Use a sharp knife to make 1/2-inch deep cuts about 1 inch apart.
- Cover the ham and bake at 325°F for 1 hour.
- While the ham is in the oven, make the glaze.
- Take the ham out of the oven, and brush half of the glaze over the ham and down into the slices. Then spread the crushed pineapple over it, and then about half of the remaining glaze over the surface.
- Bake the ham uncovered for 15 minutes.
- Now you’ll want to continue glazing the ham as it cooks, about every 10 minutes. You’ll need to keep cooking until the internal temperature reaches 140°F, so check every 10 minutes to make sure you don’t over cook it.
This brown sugar and pineapple spiral ham is the perfect Easter Ham! It’s so easy to make and takes all the stress out of a holiday meal. This just makes a great holiday ham in general. Try it for Thanksgiving or Christmas too!
If you are making it for Easter Dinner, try it with some of our favorite Easter recipes!
All the Holiday Sides
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This holiday season be sure to check out our sides guide for all the recipes PLUS tips and tricks for entertaining.
Whether you make this as your Easter Ham this holiday, or for another occasion, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. This brown sugar pineapple ham is just delicious, and I can’t for you to try it!
More Ham and Pork Recipes we love
This Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham Recipe is just one of our favorite ways to prepare ham. Don’t forget about the leftovers!
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