This easy, homemade Pineapple-Maple Ham Glaze will make the perfect caramelized candy coating on ham!
Are you in search of a delicious and easy-to-make glaze recipe for your ham? Look no further than this homemade Pineapple-Maple Ham Glaze! With its perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavors, this glaze will create a mouth-watering caramelized candied coating for your ham. Give this recipe a try and impress your family and friends for the holidays and special occasions.
The pineapple adds a nice fruit flavor, while the maple offers a sweet candied finish. Use real maple syrup and not pancake syrup for best results. This ham glaze recipe makes enough glaze for one 5-pound ham. Double the recipe if cooking a larger bone-in ham. All you’ll need is simple ingredients, a saucepan, basting brush, and of course, a ham!
Ingredients for Ham Glaze:
- Pineapple jelly (or preserves)
- Real maple syrup
- Unsalted butter
- Brown sugar
- Dijon mustard: or yellow mustard
- Soy sauce: or tamari for GF diets
- Powdered cloves (optional)
Making a Ham Glaze
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add maple syrup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple jelly, mustard, and spices.
- Reduce heat to low and allow the glaze to simmer until it starts to thicken. The mixture should resemble a thick syrup.
- Once the glaze reaches the proper consistency, remove the pot from heat and cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Brush the pineapple-maple glaze onto the ham during the second half of cooking time.
- If you plan to cook the ham on your smoker or pellet grill, please refer to our Double-Smoked Ham recipe for detailed information on when to apply the ham glaze.
Use this pineapple-maple ham glaze on other meats and even meat substitutes. Brush the glaze onto grilled or baked chicken, pork chops, seafood kebabs, and meat substitutes like tofu. As directed above, use the pineapple-maple glaze during the second half of cooking time. Make a double batch and reserve half of the glaze to drizzle onto your favorite grilled items right before serving. Delicious!
- No mustard: Not a fan of mustard? That’s okay! Simply omit it from the recipe.
- Spice it up: Like your ham glaze a little spicy? Substitute the mustard for sriracha or gochujang paste Or, add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the mixture.
- Pineapple: Some folks are allergic to pineapple or simply do not like the flavor, and that’s okay! Substitute the pineapple jelly for peach, apricot, or mild pepper jelly.
More Recipe to Try!
Pineapple-Maple Ham Glaze
- 3/4 cup pineapple jelly or preserves
- 1/2 cup good quality maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of powdered cloves
- In a medium pot, heat butter over medium heat for 1 minute. Add maple syrup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple jelly, mustard, and spices.
- Reduce heat and let glaze simmer on low until it starts to thicken. The mixture should resemble syrup and coat the back of a spoon.
- Once the glaze reaches this consistency, remove the pot from heat and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes or so. Apply to ham as directed.