Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham — When you’re looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham - When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham Recipe 

This orange and pineapple glazed ham will become an instant family favorite holiday meal!

Whether you plan to make this for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, or another special family meal, it is sure to impress everyone! 

A dry spice rub mixture including brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and pineapple is rubbed all over a spiral ham.

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham - When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

Then, the most delectable pineapple orange glaze made from brown sugar, orange and pineapple juices, and bourbon is boiled together and then poured over the ham.

The glaze has such great depth of flavor thanks to the citrus notes and the bourbon. It caramelizes beautifully under a very quick broiler stint.

Apart from having wonderful flavor, this is a truly moist and tender ham that you will feel proud serving. 

It pairs lovely with your favorite holiday side dished including Roasted Rainbow Carrots and The Best Classic Mashed Potatoes.

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham - When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

Ingredients in Pineapple Glazed Ham

For a pineapple orange glazed ham, you’ll need the following easy to find and very common fridge and pantry ingredients:

For the ham and rub:

  • Light brown sugar
  • Ground thyme
  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon
  • Orange zest
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Spiral ham

For the pineapple ham glaze:

  • Light brown sugar
  • Orange juice
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Bourbon or pineapple juice

How to Bake a Spiral Cut Ham

To make a showstopper holiday ham with pineapple orange glaze, follow these straightforward steps:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients and the orange zest and rub the mixture all over the ham.
  2. Lightly wrap the ham in foil.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes covered. While it bakes, make the glaze.

How to Make Pineapple Ham Glaze

The pineapple glaze for the ham is arguably the star of this recipe! Here’s how to make the glaze:

  1. Combine all the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. After baking 30 minutes, peel back the foil, sprinkle with 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, reseal the foil, and bake for 10 more minutes.
  3. Remove the ham from the oven, carefully pour the glaze over it, and broil uncovered for just a couple minutes. 
  4. Let it rest for a bit before slicing, serving, and digging in! 

 

 

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham - When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

What Kind of Ham Should I Use for Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham?

For this fabulous brown sugar pineapple ham, you want to use a bone-in, fully cooked spiral ham. Do NOT use a raw ham, as that will require a much longer cook time.

Do I Have to Use Bourbon in the Ham Glaze?

Bourbon adds a wonderful depth of flavor and the alcohol from it actually cooks out. 

However, if for some reason you don’t want to use bourbon, that’s okay. You can omit it and use the same amount of pineapple juice instead.

Note that if you do that, the overall flavor of the ham may read a bit sweeter and not quite as rich tasting due to the lack of bourbon being replaced by pineapple juice.

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham - When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

Details About the Citrus in the Glazed Pineapple Ham

For this ham, you’re going to want to use canned crushed pineapple in juice in both the rub and glaze.

When you’re making the “dry rub” you will add 1/4 cup crushed pineapple (yes, it’s wet) and orange zest to the mixture.

For the glaze,  you’ll use 3/4 cup crushed pineapple.

As for the orange juice, since you need to use orange zest in the rub, and orange juice in the glaze, it’s easiest to just use one whole orange rather than orange juice.

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham - When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

What Internal Temperature Should I Bake the Ham To?

Make sure not to overcook the ham. Remember that you are starting with an already-baked ham, not raw ham, so you don’t have to worry about making sure it’s “done”. 

Cook your pineapple orange ham to an internal temperature of 140F before you start the broiling process.

Remember that the internal temperature of large ham or turkey will continue to rise even after it’s out of the oven so even if it’s at 135F or so, I am comfortable pulling it out of the oven.

Tips for the Best Pineapple Ham

My recipe for orange pineapple glazed ham is easy to follow and I have shared lots of details for ham-making success in the blog post. A few more tips to keep in mind include:

Make sure to wrap the ham tightly in foil. This not only keeps it moister, it also shields it from direct oven heat so that it doesn’t burn.

Because you are opening up and resealing the foil a couple times, make sure to use a high quality foil. The only foil I ever use is Reynold’s Heavy Duty Nonstick Foil. It is the only foil I trust to never stick to the food, including gooey baking recipes and sticky glazes like this one.

This is probably the biggest tip of all: do not walk away from your oven once you start broiling the ham. The broiling process is very fast and will only take about 3 to 4 minutes for the glaze to caramelize.

However, it can burn very easily in literally a minute and will taste horrible and your whole ham will taste awful to the point you may have to throw it out. I can’t think of anything worse for a special holiday meal!

Again, keep a very watchful eye on that ham glaze once you start broiling it! 

Feel free to garnish your ham with extra orange slices, pineapple bits, pomegranate arils, or some extra fresh herbs.

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham - When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

What to Serve with Ham

Not sure what sides to serve with this glazed pineapple ham? Here are some of my favorite side dishes to serve with ham:

 

What to Make with Leftover Ham

Even the biggest ham fans of all may find themselves with extra ham on their hands.

If you’re in that boat, here are some of my favorite recipes for putting your extra holiday ham to use:

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham - When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

Enjoy!

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham — When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham - When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 
Yield: 10

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

When you're looking for a holiday ham or family celebration ham recipe, look no further than this one! This orange pineapple ham is so juicy and moist thanks to a dry spice rub made with brown sugar and citrus and then the most delectable orange pineapple glaze! It caramelizes to sweet perfection making this ham a family favorite that pairs well with any side dish! 

Ingredients

Ham and Rub:

  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • 5 to 6 pound bone-in previously cooked spiral ham

Orange Pineapple Glaze:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • Juice from 1 orange, about 1/2 cup
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1/3 cup bourbon* or pineapple juice (See Notes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and set out a large roasting pan.

Ham and Rub

  1. To a small bowl, add the brown sugar, thyme, allspice, cinnamon, orange zest, and stir to combine.
  2. Rub this all over the ham.
  3. Tightly wrap the ham in heavy duty nonstick foil and place it in the roasting pan. Bake for 30 minutes covered. While the ham bakes, make the glaze.

Orange Pineapple Glaze

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a low and allow the mixture to simmer on low for about 15 minutes, or until glaze has reduced in volume and thickened some; set aside off the heat.
  2. After the ham has been baking 30 minutes, remove it from the oven, carefully peel back the foil, evenly sprinkle the 1/4 cup crushed pineapple and juice associated, reseal the foil, return it to the oven, and bake it covered for 10 minutes. When done, the internal temp should be at 140F. Tips - Don't overbake so your ham doesn't dry out. Also remember that the internal temp will continue to rise even out of the oven, so I feel safe pulling mine out at about 135F.
  3. After this second baking of 10 minutes, remove it from the oven and turn the broiler to 500F.
  4. Peel back the foil, and carefully drizzle the orange pineapple glaze all over the ham.
  5. Place it uncovered under the broiler for just 3 to 4 minutes. Tip - Don't leave the kitchen and keep a very watchful eye on it so it doesn't burn! You want the glaze to caramelize but it can burn easily, in just one minute, and will taste terrible so be extremely careful and vigilant!
  6. Allow ham to rest for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Extra ham will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Notes

*Bourbon adds a wonderful depth of flavor and the alcohol from it actually cooks out.  However, if for some reason you don’t want to use bourbon, that’s okay. You can omit it and use the same amount of pineapple juice instead. Note that if you do that, the overall flavor of the ham may read a bit sweeter and not quite as rich tasting due to the lack of bourbon being replaced by pineapple juice.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 464mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 11g

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