Best Ham with Pineapple-Maple Glaze

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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This Best Ham recipe, saves you money and time, it’s that easy.  The secret is to buy a shank portion (not butt portion) of a good ham company like Farmer John’s. Then to reduce the salty taste by slowly boiling the ham for an hour in the water. Drain it and remove the fat around the shank. This can be done ahead of time. Lastly, add this delicious ham glaze and the pineapple and bake as listed in the recipe. This can be served with potatoes or yams.

The shank as you can see is the bottom half, the but top half.

Shank or Butt Ham Diagram

I do love the pineapple added to our best ham dish. I use canned pineapple so using the toothpicks holds them together.Try and use organic pineapple in pineapple juice, without the added sugar, try Pacific Producers.

Buy Organic Pineapple


Baked Ham and Pineapple

The brown sugar sauce and a bit of the pineapple juice makes the maple glaze, for the topping.

Best Ham with Pineapple Maple Glaze

Best ham recipe! Don't bother finding another recipe. This has been in our family for three generations!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword ham, pineapple, shank
Author Mary Papoulias-Platis


  • One shank portion ham
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 can sliced pineapple, save juice for glaze
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves


For the Ham

  1. Remove all papers and thermometer from ham. Dispose.

  2. Place in a large pot and cover with water.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce to a gentle boil one hour.
  4. Remove and drain.
  5. Remove fat and hard skin with a sharp knife.
  6. Place in a large baking pan. (8x13)

  7. Using a knife and slice the ham to form crisscross pattern. (See picture)

  8. Add cloves to every other triangle. (optional)
  9. Add the pineapple slices on top of cuts with toothpicks.
  10. Pour glaze on top.
  11. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  12. Baste sauce over ham a couple of times.
  13. Remove and let rest for 20 minutes.

For the Glaze

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Add a little splash of pineapple juice to loosen sauce.

Recipe Notes

This can be served with potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams.
Boil and peel them ahead of time, and add around the ham before baking.

Once you have trimmed the ham from all the fat and skin, score the rounded side of the ham, making shallow cuts.
Add whole cloves randomly to cover most of the ham. (this is optional)

Gently slice the ham top.

Then add the pineapple slices to the flat side using toothpicks to secure then down.
Add the maple glaze on top of the ham.

Pineapple slices add a wonderful touch.

Ham Glaze over the Ham Shank


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Enjoy this family recipe!



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