Sean is Trinidadian and he always says that Christmas isn't Christmas to him, without ham on the table. His grandmother made this every year for the holidays so it brings about a nostalgic feeling. He's followed her tradition and makes this pineapple glazed ham for Thanksgiving or Christmas. He and my dad pick at it from the moment it comes out of the oven to days later until the dish is bone dry. Sean has experimented every year with a new glaze and he's finally found one that he loves (and my dad, too). He decided to add orange slices to his experimentation this year and he says it gave the glaze a nice citrus-y note, especially after it burnt a little while baking. This must be his winning recipe since he gave me the okay to publish it (insert rolling-eye emoji).
He prefers buying the premium bone-in, spiral sliced ham- commonly found in grocery stores during the holidays. Since these hams have been pre-cooked, what we're really doing is creating flavor by adding a glaze and slow-cooking. He says the flavor is different with the bone-in hams and when the ham is already sliced, the juices and flavor gets into the meat really well, especially after basting in the oven.
Pineapple-orange Glazed Ham
- 1 bone-in spiral sliced ham, 10-12 lbs
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 4 tbsp yellow mustard
- 2 tbsp honey
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Maraschino cherries
- 1 whole orange, sliced
- 1 20oz tin sliced pineapple
- Make glaze. Combine brown sugar, mustard, honey, and butter in a saucepan. Bring to a low simmer until brown sugar has melted and mixture has thickened slightly. Add in Worcestershire sauce. Set aside to cool.
- Place ham on baking sheet or in roasting pan. Score ham if not using a spiral sliced ham. Rub glaze all over ham. Pierce ham with cloves placing all over ham.
- Slice oranges, set aside. Place one pineapple slice with one maraschino cherry in center. Secure with toothpick. Repeat process with sliced oranges. Cover entire ham with pineapple, cherry, and orange slices.
- Cover ham with foil. Bake at 275 degrees or 300 for 2 - 2 1/2 hours.
- Baste ham throughout cooking process with juices in pan.