Holiday Ham with Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze

There is a reason this traditional Holiday Ham with Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze has stood the test of time. It is delicious!

Remember the ham scored and studded with cloves and with pineapple slices afixed to it with a cherry in the middle of the pineapple ring? Well… this is much easier!

Start with a fully cooked or smoked ham and really all you are doing is heating it through and caramelizing the glaze.

This reheats nicely as long as it is gentle heat so you don’t burn the sugar glaze.

I like to make this in my slow cooker if the ham fits. I have been buying smaller, smoked hams from Costco – 2-3 pounds. They fit in my slow cooker quite nicely. One of the reasons I like the slow cooker is that it is a moist heat and the glaze is far less susceptible to burning compared to oven baking.

You can use your oven if you ham doesn’t fit in your slow cooker. Just cover it and cook low and slow until it is heated through and only baste it during the last 40 minutes or so.

I served it with these Scalloped Potatoes that are a holiday staple around our house.

Plate with a serving of scalloped potatoes and a slice of ham with brown sugar pineapple glaze and garnished with microgreens.

Both the ham and the scalloped potatoes make great leftovers so make lots!

Sliced ham with brown sugar, pineapple mustard glaze

Holiday Ham with Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze

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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2.5 lbs smoked or cooked ham boneless
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard


  • Mix the pineapple, brown sugar and mustard in glass bowl. Stir well and microwave on medium high about 2 minutes. Stir. If sugar is not fully dissolved then return to microwave and heat one minute at a time, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Make thin cuts in the ham a few inches deep. Place ham in the slow cooker and brush the top and all sides generously with the glaze. You want some of the glaze to seep down into the slices you have cut.
  • Cook on low 3-4 hours until ham is heated through. Brush the glaze over the ham and sides periodically during the cooking process.
  • Slice and serve with more of the sauce from the slow cooker.
  • Variation: If using your oven cook ham, with 1/4 inch of water in the bottom of the roaster, at 325 degrees about 15 minutes per pound. Brush glaze over ham starting 40 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Brush generously every 10 minutes.



Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 2150mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 14g
Holiday Ham with Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze

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