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Baked Ham with Pineapple and Cherries

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This is an easy baked ham that we love to serve at huge family gatherings with a sweet mustard sauce.

At every family event, my dad loves to make his famous baked ham with special sauce. This ham is covered in pineapples and cherries and served with a sweet mustard sauce everyone raves about.

I hope my dad’s recipe becomes a cherished family recipe of yours too!

You can also try out my Roast Cornish Hen, Roasted Chicken, and Gluten-Free Charcuterie Board.

A white platter with a ham that has pineapple and cherries and is sliced.

Baked Ham Tools

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A white platter with a ham that has pineapple and cherries and is sliced.

Baked Ham Ingredients

How to Make Baked Ham

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a large roasting pan with parchment paper.

Place the ham on the roasting tray and pour ginger ale all over the ham.

Using toothpicks, attach the cherries and pineapple to the outside of the ham.

Remove the ham from the oven before it reaches the finishing temperature (120° F for smoked and 140° F for cooked).

Remove the rind and fat but leave ¼ inch of fat.  Discard all of the pan juices.

In a small bowl, mix together the honey and mustard.

Cut slats into the ham and coat the ham with the glaze and bake until it reaches the proper temperature. If you don’t wish to use a glaze then just continue baking with the fat and rind removed and the ham will turn to a nice golden brown.  The ham can be basted every 10 minutes until done.

Roast the ham until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 140° F for a smoked ham or 160° F for cooked ham, about 25 minutes per pound is the cooking time.

Remove the ham from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes. If you don’t allow it to cool it will become too dry when you slice it.

Serve the ham with the Sauce for Ham.

Note: Do not skip adding the ginger ale because it helps to reduce the saltiness of the ham.

A white platter with a ham that has pineapple and cherries and is sliced.

How do I know what size of ham to buy?

Aim for 1/2 pound per person and if you are serving another main course plan for 1/3 pound per person instead.

What’s the difference between a smoked ham and a cooked ham?

Cooked ham is cured in a sugar brine. Smoked ham is sugar brined and then smoked for flavor.

How can I tell if my ham is cooked?

When it reaches either 140° F for smoked or 160° F for cooked.

More gluten free recipes to enjoy over the holidays

If you are worried about how to eat gluten free at parties read my article. It has lots of helpful advice.

Serve this baked ham with this ham sauce. It’s a sweet mustard ham sauce that everyone in my family raves about.

Baked Ham Recipe

Yield: 12 servings

Baked Ham

A white platter with a ham that has pineapple and cherries and is sliced.

This is an easy baked ham that we love to serve at huge family gatherings with a sweet mustard sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6-pound ham, smoked or cooked
  • 2 cans of ginger ale
  • 1/2 cup of honey or brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 small can of pineapple rings
  • 1 cup of maraschino cherries

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a large roasting pan with parchment paper.
    2. Place the ham on the roasting tray and pour ginger ale all over the ham.
    3. Using toothpicks, attach the cherries and pineapple to the outside of the ham.
    4. Remove the ham from the oven before it reaches the finishing temperature (120° F for smoked and 140° F for cooked).
    5. Remove the rind and fat but leave ¼ inch of fat. Discard all of the pan juices.
    6. In a small bowl, mix together the honey and mustard.
    7. Cut slats into the ham and coat ham with the glaze and bake until it reaches the proper temperature. If you don’t wish to use a glaze then just continue baking with the fat and rind removed and the ham will turn to a nice golden brown. The ham can be basted every 10 minutes until done.
    8. Roast the ham until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 140° F for a smoked ham or 160° F for cooked ham, about 25 minutes per pound is the cooking time.
    9. Remove the ham from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes. If you don’t allow it to cool it will become too dry when you slice it.
    10. Serve the ham with the sauce for ham.

Notes

Do not skip adding the ginger ale because it helps to reduce the saltiness of the ham.

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Carol Lovett is the founder of Ditch the Wheat and a Globe and Mail bestselling author of the cookbook, Ditch the Wheat. She has been eating gluten free since 2010. She loves all things food, natural living, and spiritual. She's also a reiki master and crystal healer.

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