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The Best Tropical Pineapple Baked Ham

Updated on December 17, 2014
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Tropical Pineapple Baked Ham

Baked Ham topped with Pineapple Raisin Sauce.
Baked Ham topped with Pineapple Raisin Sauce. | Source

The Secret Is the Pineapple Juice

My family loves ham, but we sometimes prefer to remove some of the salty taste. Recently, a friend told me that she always cooked her ham in pineapple juice before baking. She's of Filipino heritage, and this is a popular way to prepare ham in the Philippines. I liked the tropical sound of that, so I tweaked the recipe a little and came up with the best baked ham we’ve ever had!

Now that I've perfected this recipe, I can't wait to make this Tropical Pineapple Ham for special holiday dinners, perhaps for Christmas Day. It would also be a perfect ham to make for Easter dinner!. Because the ham and sauce are both sweet, something creamy like scalloped potatoes or potato salad will go especially well with it. Add tiny green peas or green beans for a well rounded color palette.

My family loves this ham. I hope you will like it too!


Three Steps to Perfect Ham

There are three steps to making this Tropical Pineapple Baked Ham perfectly:

  1. Pre-boiling the ham
  2. Baking and glazing ham
  3. Making the Raisin Pineapple sauce

Following the instructions for each step will require your full attention, but the end result is well worth the effort. Although it seems like this will take extra time to cook, the combined boiling and baking time is less than two hours.

Recipe for Tropical Pineapple Baked Ham

You will need:

  • Large pot
  • Baking pan 9x13
  • Measuring cup
  • Small saucepan for glaze

Instructions for Pre-boiling Ham

You will need:

  • 8 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Place ham in large stock pot. Pour pineapple juice over it. Stir in brown sugar. Add enough water to nearly cover. Bring pot to boil, then turn down, cover and let simmer for 1 hour.

Remove from liquid and place ham in baking pan.

Instructions for Baking Ham

You will need:

  • Brown sugar
  • Water
  • Whole cloves

Heat oven to 375°.

Make Glaze: Mix together 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to boil and cook for about 10 minutes until reduced and slightly thickened.

Remove any skin from ham and trim fat to about 1/4 inch.

Score ham surface into diamond shapes and insert a whole clove into the X where each diamond meets. Spoon brown sugar glaze over ham and bake for about 45 minutes. Baste once or twice during baking.

Remove from oven and cover loosely with foil. Let rest for about 15 minutes while you make the raisin pineapple sauce.

Pineapple Raisin Sauce

Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Baked Ham
Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Baked Ham | Source

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Serve Tropical Baked Ham with Pineapple Raisin Sauce. Potato Salad makes a good side dish.
Serve Tropical Baked Ham with Pineapple Raisin Sauce. Potato Salad makes a good side dish. | Source

Pineapple Raisin Sauce

You will need:

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large can of crushed pineapple
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch mixed with 1/2 cup water

Drain pineapple and reserve juice. Mix pineapple juice, raisins, water, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to boil, then cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes until raisins are soft and plump. Add a dash of ground cloves.

Mix corn starch and a half cup of water together in cup or small bowl. Ladle in some of the hot raisin mixture and stir. Add corn starch mixture and crushed pineapple to raisin mixture in saucepan and cook until slightly thickened and transparent.


Serve and Enjoy

To serve, slice ham and arrange on platter. Ladle pineapple raisin sauce over the slices and serve a bowl extra sauce for those who would like additional sauce.

We enjoy this ham with potato salad and corn pudding or tiny green peas. Add some pickled beets to the table for color! Enjoy!

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      Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Sounds totally yummy and much like my mom used to make. I cannot have sugar anymore, but I wonder if it tastes just as good without it. There is a Splenda style brown sugar. I will have to try a little bit of that.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love pineapple and ham and they both taste so yummy together. I always have a layer of pineapple slices on the hams I bake. I don't like when they are too salty, so thanks for the tips! Not sure about the raisins, but I'm sure I need to cook a ham ASAP. Delicious hub!

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      Kevin W 3 years ago from Texas

      This recipe looks absolutely delicious, I'm definitely going to have to try this one. Thumbs up on your hub Stephanie Henkel.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Austinstar - I think you could cook the ham in unsweetened pineapple juice and make the glaze with Splenda brown sugar. If you try it, let me know how it works!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Sunshine625 - This ham really is wonderful. boiling it in pineapple juice first really adds to the flavor. If you don't like raisins, just use the pineapple for the sauce. Fresh pineapple is good, too! Enjoy!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Alphadogg16 - Thanks for stopping in to read and comment on my Tropical Pineapple Ham recipe! I think you'll really like it if you give it a try!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Yummy, I love pineapple on ham but I so miss my moms raisin sauce and this is both in one. I can't wait for a holiday to have this! (and don't plan to) Thank you so much! Awesome and useful!^

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Jackie Lynnley - Don't wait for a holiday! So glad you liked this recipe! Enjoy!

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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      Yummy one...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Stephanie,

      I love both ham and pineapple and would love to do this for our Christmas Day! We do the traditional baked ham the day before and serve cold on the day with the turkey and all the trimmings but this year I fancy doing this instead for a twist! Thanks so much for a great recipe!

      Up, useful, interesting, shared and pinned!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      My Cook Book - The Tropical Pineapple Baked Ham certainly is yummy! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Suzie HQ - I think this would be a wonderful treat for Christmas Day! Do enjoy! Thanks so much for your comments and for the votes and SHARES!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      This sounds good, Stephanie, although I would eliminate the raisins (I don't like cooked raisins!). I grow my own pineapples and sometimes I have more than I can eat. This recipe would take care of that problem!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Bravewarrior - How lucky you are to have your own fresh pineapple! This is a great way to use it! Enjoy your next Tropical Pineapple Baked Ham and thanks for stopping by to read an comment!

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      Carter06 3 years ago

      Nice twist with this one Steph Great idea for our hot tropical summer Christmas lunch..will def share this..cheers

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I never would have thought to include raisins in a baked ham recipe, but I'm intrigued now! Thanks for the great recipe.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Carter06 - Glad this sounds good to you! Thanks for your comments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Randomcreative - I used to make a raisin sauce for baked ham, but I love this pineapple raisin combination. Hope you enjoy it!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This looks amazing! I never thought to pre-boil my ham. I will definitely try that!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Craftytothecore - I think you'll enjoy it! Thanks for the read and comment!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! What a lovely meal and so well accomplished from you looks a tasty one too.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      DDE - This was so delicious that I wish I still had some leftovers! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This looks like a wonderful alternative to the ham I normally make. Pinned for future use. Nice recipe!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Glimmer Twin Fan - This is a tasty change from plain baked ham. Hope you enjoy the recipe when you make it!

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      Christy Birmingham 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You break down the steps very well here, so it is easy to follow. I really do agree that pineapple and ham are a nice combination :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      ChristyWrites - My family loved this dish when I first made it. We all love the pineapple and ham combination, and it can be a festive main dish on a holiday menu. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      You know, I have never once cooked a ham. This looks delicious.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Pineapple Ham is delicious! One of my favorite meals. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      I'm getting a hankering to make this, too! Thanks for stopping in, Sunshine!

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      Stephanie Henkel,

      Pinneapple is a magical fruit that I believe can make everything better. I am thrilled that cottage cheese now comes complete with pineapple! I always added it anyway! I just don't understand why they don't make yogurt sized cottage cheese and pineapple to take on picnics or use for a work lunch.

      Wonderful recipe. Thank you!

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      Easy Exercise - Thanks for your comments on my recipe for Pineapple Baked Ham. I love pineapple, too, and I think that it perfectly complements the saltiness of ham. Glad you liked the recipe!

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      jill of alltrades 2 years ago from Philippines

      I love the combination of ham and pineapple. It's always a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm gonna try this one of these days.

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      Jill of alltrades - Ham and pineapple just seems to go together. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      I love ham, Stephanie! Absolutely delicious!

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      Midget38 - I think you'll like this recipe if you love ham! This is something I usually make for Easter or other special occasions, and we certainly do enjoy it! Thanks for the read and comment!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Stephanie, I love ham and your recipe gives me a new way to enjoy it. I think the pineapple would give it added flavor. Your photos make it even more appealing to me. Thanks for sharing this idea.

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      teaches12345 - My family loves this pineapple baked ham and it's well worth a little extra effort. Hope you enjoy it soon!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Looks yummy. Sometimes I think we should just declare the People's Republic of Bacon and have more ham and bacon!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 2 years ago from Fontana, WI

      This looks delicious! We never make a ham unless it has a pineapple glaze. Now we will have to try this recipe. Yum! Voted up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      4foodSafety - My family loves this ham! I can't wait to have it again...perhaps for Easter dinner. Enjoy!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yummy,congrats for getting EC, pineapple and ham combination are great

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      peachpurple - Thank you! My son made this for us when we visited at Christmas and it was SO YUMMY! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did if you make it.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Delish dish! :)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Stephanie, this looks delicious enough to eat. Yum! Voted up for interesting and useful!

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      Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

      Kristen Howe - It's a photo I took right before we sat down to eat it...mmmmmm......

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Lucky you! LOL

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      Patricia Scott 23 months ago from sunny Florida

      Great photos. And does this look tempting. I do not often put much on ham before preparing it but this looks like a topping I will need to try.

      Who doesn't love pineapple anything??

      Thanks for sharing Angels are headed your way this morning

      Voted up++++ ps

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      Stephanie Henkel 23 months ago from USA

      pstraubie48 - I know this might be a little more work than a normal baked ham, but I'm sure you'll find the results well worth the extra effort! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment! Hope you enjoy this recipe some time when you're in the mood for something different.

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      CrisSp 19 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      You just made me miss my mama and grandma! This is a very familiar viand since I am of Filipino heritage. I carry their recipe with me and used to do it every Christmas when I was living in Bahrain - the only MidEast country who sells pork. I'd baked ham with pineapple and bring it to a pot-luck for our US marine friends to devour. Man, it's always a hit with or without beers!

      Unfortunately, I stopped eating pork (and red meat) and hence, I don't do it anymore.

      Congratulations for the Editor's Choice Award!

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      Stephanie Henkel 19 months ago from USA

      CrisSp - I can see why you would miss this luscious baked ham with pineapple! Thanks so much for visiting my hub.

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      Meredyth Lynne 18 months ago from Los Angeles

      Sounds fabulous. Ill try out this Thanksgiving and let you know. Have a great day!

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