Delicious Christmas Ham

Christmas ham is one of those old school Christmas traditions that has stayed around for a reason – It is yummy! It is super easy to make and seriously delicious. The best part is, they will look beautiful in the center of the Christmas table.


  • 7-8 lbs fully cooked, bone-in ham
  • 6 cups pineapple juice
  • 3 cups Sprite or 7-up
  • 2 cups dark beer
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 20 to 30 whole cloves


 Christmas Glaze:

  • 2 cups poaching liquid (from boiling the ham)
  • 1 cup crushed pineapples
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard



  1. In a deep pot, combine pineapple juice, beer, Sprite, sugar, and salt. Stir until dissolved.
  2. Add ham and about 6 to 8 pieces of the cloves, Make sure ham is fully submerged in the liquid. Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and continue to cook for about 1 hour.
  3. Drain ham, reserving about 2 cups of the poaching liquid to make the pineapple glaze.
  4. With a knife, score the surface fat off the ham in a diamond pattern at about ¼-inch deep and 1-inch apart.
  5. Prepare the pineapple glaze. Simmer 2 cups of poaching liquid and add the other ingredients. Mix until the liquid resembles a glaze.
  6. Liberally brush ham with ¾ of the pineapple glaze. Arrange ham in a roasting rack and bake in a 350 F oven for about 1 to 1 ½ hours or until internal temperature reaches 140 F, basting every 15 – 20 minutes with the remaining glaze.
  7. For the last 5 minutes of cooking, increase the temperature to 400 F and bake until nicely browned.
  8. Remove from the oven and brush liberally with the pan juices. Cover with foil and let rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.



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