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Filipino-style Pineapple Glazed Ham
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Filipino-style Pineapple Glazed Ham

Christmas ham glazed with brown sugar and pineapple juice is the perfect holiday centerpiece. Easy to make and sure to be a crowd favorite!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 825kcal


  • 1 (about 7 to 8 pounds) fully cooked, bone-in ham
  • 6 cups pineapple juice
  • 3 cups Sprite or 7-up
  • 2 cups dark beer
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 20 to 30 whole cloves

For the Pineapple Glaze

  • 2 cups poaching liquid (from boiling the ham)
  • 1 cup crushed pineapples
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard


  • In a deep pot, combine pineapple juice, beer, Sprite, sugar, and salt. Stir until dissolved.
  • Add ham and about 6 to 8 pieces of the cloves, making sure the ham is fully submerged in the liquid.
  • Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat, and continue to cook for about 1 hour.
  • Drain ham, reserving about 2 cups of the poaching liquid. Make pineapple glaze.
  • With a knife, score the surface fat of the ham in a diamond pattern at about 1/4-inch deep and 1-inch apart.
  • Place cloves at the intersection points of the cuts to form a nice pattern around the top and sides of ham.
  • Liberally brush ham with 3/4 of the pineapple glaze.
  • Arrange ham in a roasting rack and bake in a 350 F oven for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 140 F. While baking, continue to baste ham every 15 to 20 minutes with the remaining glaze.
  • At the last 5 minutes of cooking, increase the temperature to 400 F and bake until nicely browned.
  • Remove from oven and brush liberally with the pan juices. Cover with foil and let rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

For Pineapple Glaze

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine reserved poaching liquid (from boiling the ham), crushed pineapples, sugar, and yellow mustard. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until liquid is reduced and thickened.



The sweet glaze tends to burn rather quickly. Tent the ham with foil if it's getting too brown before completely heated through.


Calories: 825kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 3849mg | Potassium: 944mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg