Christmas Honey Baked Ham with Pineapple — A Retro Recipe for the Holidays

by Sugar on December 4, 2014 · 20 comments

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A honey baked ham with pineapple and brown sugar glaze is the perfect easy dish to make for holiday entertaining. This Christmas recipe reminds me so much of being a kid and smelling ham cooking in the oven while I played with my toys that Santa brought me.

My mom would always make this type of ham for the holidays, and it is as good today as it was back then. It’s such a special treat because when else do you ever think to make a ham?

I had an early Christmas dinner this past weekend with some family and friends and everyone went crazy over the ham. It’s simple to make and it looks so beautiful with the golden pineapple slices on top. I guarantee that if you make this ham it will be a hit for your holiday dinner and everyone will want to know how you did it. Just tell them that you made it with love, and a little help from your friend Sugar. Have a Merry Christmas and God Bless!

Enjoy my video and see my recipe below it.


Fully cooked bone in smoked ham (any weight)
1 cup ginger ale
2 cups brown sugar
1 cups of honey
12 whole cloves (optional)
12 maraschino cherries
1 (20 oz) can of sliced pineapple in pineapple juice, reserve juice

Preheat oven to 325°F.

In a small sauce pan over medium high heat add the juice from the can of sliced pineapple, brown sugar, honey, and ginger ale. Cook over medium high heat until sauce thickens slightly, around 5 -10 minutes.

Place ham in a baking pan. Score top of ham and cover with heavy-duty foil. Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove ham and baste with glaze. Cover and bake again, basting every 30 minutes. Your ham will need to cook about 10 minutes per pound so be sure to figure on the proper cooking time for the size of the ham you make.

The last 30 minutes of cooking time remove ham from oven. Place the pineapple slices all over the top of the ham and in the middle of the slice secure a cherry with a tooth pick. If using the clove stick one into each cherry. Baste again and bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes so that the ham and the pineapple’s turn a nice golden color.

Edwin Diaz says:

Hi Sugar ! Great recipe ! If you and your family ever visit Puerto Rico I want to cook something special for you guys! Take care, “Happy Holidays”…!

Sugar says:

WOW! I love Puerto Rico and the food is amazing. My friend just made me roast pork and yellow rice yesterday and it was so good. When I get back to that beautiful island again I will let you know. XXOO

connie clark says:

a lot of ham are gets dry and salty afer cooking..what brand of ham is this????? is it goin to be salty after cooking?????????

Sugar says:

The one I used was a Publix smoked ham and it’s never dry when I make it this way. Ham is salty so if you don’t like that this recipe may not be for you.

Judy says:

Hi Arlene I just want to grab that Ham out of the computer right now! That looks great!!!!

Sugar says:


Hi honey, Hope all is well with you. I miss you. I’ll have to try to come in soon for something. Thanks for the feedback.

Yasmine says:

Oh sugar i have to say this you look great in this video with your hair cut , sorry i didn’t talk about food

Sugar says:

Oh how sweet of you to take the time to write to me. XXOO

Gilad says:

Jessica Lange made the exact recipe in American Horror Story episode 10.
Here’s a link to some pictures of that:

It’s not a ham, It’s a movie star lol :)

Sugar says:

OMG!! That is too funny. Thanks so much for posting this. I love it.

Believe me that Ham was a Movie Star in my Kitchen that night. LOL!!


Gloria says:

I was one of the lucky ones to eat that ham & it was sooooooo good !!!

Sugar says:

I learned from the best Mom. :)

Love you!

Beejene says:

Oh, this sounds and looks delicious and very similar to how my mom made it. I wonder if its an Italian thing!! lol I am really enjoying all of your recipes and plan to try several more of them.

Best wishes,

Sugar says:


You are so funny. Maybe it is I don’t know but my mom always made the ham this way. Thanks for the feedback.

Have a Great Christmas.