How to Make Glazed Ham With Pineapple and Cherry Garnish

Updated on December 17, 2016

The ham pictured below is not only festive looking but is also delicious. Yet it's pretty simple to prepare. In fact, it's so simple, even a beginner or novice cook can easily achieve the same results as a seasoned cook. It's an excellent choice for any holiday, but is also perfect for anytime you have a crowd to feed, such as reunions, birthday parties, and other celebrations.

Choosing the Perfect Ham

First, choose a whole, bone-in, Hickory-smoked ham. You will never be disappointed.

Now for the size: allow 2 pounds per person. For example, if you're expecting ten people, you would want a ham that is about 20 pounds. Eight people, around sixteen pounds, and so on.


Get Your Baking & Roasting Pans Ready

First, you might want to choose a disposable aluminum roasting pan if you don't have a good stainless steel one. I prefer to use the aluminum ones, simply because of the easy clean up afterwards.

Next, you will want to place the aluminum pan in a cookie sheet. This is a safer way because the ham is heavy and the cookie sheet will give added strength to the weaker aluminum for easier handling, plus it helps to catch any drippings.



  • One 20 ounce can sliced pineapples
  • One 10 ounce jar Maraschino Cherries
  • One cup light brown sugar-packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. The cinnamon will be added to the ingredients that create the ham glaze. While any brand of cinnamon will do, I prefer McCormicks because they're always fresh tasting and flavorful.
  • A Pinch or 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves. This is a very small but important ingredient in making the ham glaze.
  • 1/4 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


The Instructions

1. Place the whole ham and 1/2 cup water in foil pan that sits inside the cookie sheet.

Calculate cooking time. It's about 15 minutes per pound, so for example; if you have a 20 pound ham, the cooking time would be 15 minutes for each pound, which would be 4 pounds per hour, which would = 5 hours cooking time plus an additional 20 minutes for glaze time.

2. Now that you've calculated your cooking time; place in 350 degree oven. Allow to cook as is for 1 hour

3. Reduce heat setting to 325 degrees. Then cover your ham with foil for the remainder of the cooking time.

NOTE: While ham is baking, you can make your glaze and have it ready to go. This glaze is delicious and super-simple to make.


4. In mixing bowl; add the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, melted butter or margarine and about 1/8 cup of the juice from the pineapples. Stir together. Put in microwave for 30 seconds to melt together. Stir again( you can also use a whisk if desired) to dissolve any clumps. Cover and set aside.

5. When cooking time is up; Remove the foil, pour your glaze evenly over ham, and continue to cook uncovered for an additional 20 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and garnish with pineapple slices, (the brown sugar glaze will secure the pineapples in place) then set a cherry inside each pineapple hole. Don't forget to enjoy a little cherry juice as this will help you to have a very "cherry" day. :)

There you have it; a beautiful, mouth-watering, and delicious ham.


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  • peachpurple profile image

    peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    a perfect ham for this holiday and also christmas day, thanks

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    This is how my mother-in-law always cooked her ham so it is the way I learned to cook it but with ours we put cloves all over it. Voted up.

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    Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

    Mrs. J.B., :) I dearly love ham prepared this way. In fact, it's my favorite. I could have it several times a month but of course I don't or we would all weigh 300 pounds :) It is the perfect choice for special occasions or anytime you need to feed a crowd. I always make extra so there will be leftovers for sandwiches and such, which my husband appreciates and takes full advantage of :) Thanks for voting and commenting.

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    Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

    Becky: That's it I am moving husband or not. How you do not weigh over 300 pounds is beyond me. Ham is my favorite and now I want some. Soooo what's for dinner at your house tonight?

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Wow, the picture looks great and the recipe sounds pretty easy. I'm sure it's yummy. Rated awesome. :)

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    Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

    Peggy, thanks for your thoughtful comment. You're right, I allow for heavy eaters and want to make sure there is enough for an unexpected visitor or two. Not to mention leftovers for sandwiches later. :)

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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Becky,

    What a beautiful picture you took of your completed ham. Looks almost (notice I said almost?) too pretty to eat. Ha! 2 pounds per must be counting on all of those nibblers and/or leftovers. Correct? Thanks for the recipe. Right in time for Easter. Useful rating for sure!

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    Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

    Dave, I know how your wife feels, my husband does the same thing :) Thanks for commenting.

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    Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    Yum Yum! my mouth is watering. This is one of my favorite foods. Thank you for your recipe.

    My wife loves a ham like this, but hates having one in the house because I cannot leave it alone. A 1/2 hour after having it for dinner, she can find me in the kitchen nibbling at bits and pieces.