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Pineapple-Maple Glaze for Ham

Pineapple-Maple Ham Glaze

This will quickly become one of your favorite glazes to use on ham, whether baked, grilled, or smoked. The pineapple adds a nice fruity element while the maple offers a sweet candied element to the ham. This is enough glaze for a 5-pound ham, so double the recipe if you are working with a larger bone-in ham.
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Course: Sauces
Keyword: ham
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup good quality maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A few dashes of powdered cloves


  • In a medium pot, heat butter over medium heat for 1 minute. Add maple syrup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, garlic powder, mustard, and spices. Increase heat, bring to a high simmer. Stirring often.
  • Reduce heat and let glaze simmer on low until it starts to thicken. The mixture should 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 needed.


Photo by: Sabrina Baksh