This Glazed Ham & Sweet Pineapple Brown Sugar gravy is a cherished family recipe, the best Glazed Ham you will ever try! You can make this ham recipe with a spiral or any kind of smoked ham, but I should warn you, the gravy is addictive, especially on mashed potatoes! Oh my!
Glazed Ham & Sweet Pineapple Brown Sugar Gravy
Every year growing up my whole family looked forward to my Mom making this as our Easter Sunday Glazed Ham. The tangy-sweet pineapple brown sugar gravy compliments the salty-rich flavor of the smoked ham perfectly. In fact, as good as it it for Easter Sunday dinner, it is even better the next day, when the flavors have had a chance to settle. I make extra gravy to freeze and use it with leftovers (if we have any!) The only difference between the way I make it and the way my Mom made it is that she used to put whole pineapple rings on the ham as she added the glaze (before baking). My husband and son are fans of whole pineapple, so we forgo it, but if your family likes pineapple, go ahead and add some rings.
- Spiral Ham (About 8-10 pounds)
- 4-5 Whole Cloves
- 1/4 c. Pineapple Juice
- 4 oz. Ginger Ale (or 7Up)
- 6 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
Pineapple Brown Sugar Gravy
- 3 Tbsp. Butter
- 3 Tbsp. Super-Fine flour (Wondra)
- 3/4 c. Brown Sugar
- 1 (20 oz.) can Crushed Pineapple with juice
- 1 8 oz can of Pineapple Juice
- 2 oz. Ginger Ale (or 7Up)
While the ham is baking, make the glaze. Pour the pineapple juice and ginger ale into a medium bowl and microwave for about 45 seconds. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and mix with the flour to make a roux. Slowly stir the juice mixture into the roux, whisking briskly to stir out the lumps. Turn the heat up to medium-high. Stir in the brown sugar and crush pineapple and heat to boiling. Allow it to boil 3-4 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken, stirring constantly. Turn to low and simmer about five minutes until thickened. Although it is called a glaze, it is more like a gravy.
Slice the ham and serve with the sweet pineapple brown sugar gravy. Glazed ham and sweet pineapple brown sugar gravy is especially tasty with mashed potatoes, Au Gratin Brussels Sprouts, and cheesy green bean casserole. Use the leftover ham bone to make hearty ham split pea soup!