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Brown sugar, pineapple, and flavorful vinegar come together to create this pineapple sauce for ham. It’s a sweet and tangy add-on for the classic glazed ham recipe you all know and love.
Glazed ham is one of those simple recipes that I always go back to. Sometimes I make it for holiday parties, but it’s just as wonderful for a cozy Sunday dinner. I have so many special memories of sitting around a table with my loved ones. Glazed ham has made an appearance on more than one occasion!
I’m always looking for ways to mix up my favorite recipes. Enter this pineapple brown sugar sauce for ham! I’m a huge fan of pairing sweet and salty flavors together, which is why I came up with this recipe.
Some people enjoy a smooth pineapple sauce, almost like a gravy. I personally prefer mine with a few chunks. I find that the pieces of fruit add extra little bursts of flavor to the sauce.
If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy a glazed ham dish, consider serving this sweet pineapple sauce for ham on the side. It can be the centerpiece for making your own memories around the table!
I love pairing this pineapple sauce with my frozen ham in the Instant Pot recipe!
Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:
- All of the ingredients that you’ll need to make this crushed pineapple sauce for ham (you probably already have most of them in your pantry!)
- Detailed instructions on how to make a pineapple sauce for ham
- The best tips and tricks for preparing a sweet and chunky sauce for baked ham!
Who knew that creating a unique and appetizing sauce could be this easy? Grab your aprons (and maybe start defrosting that ham) and let’s head to the kitchen.
How to Make Pineapple Sauce for Ham
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
STEP ONE: In a colander set over a medium saucepan, drain the crushed pineapple and set it aside.
STEP TWO: Add water to the excess pineapple juice that has been collected in the medium saucepan. Whisk in the cornstarch until it’s dissolved and smooth.
STEP THREE: Add the brown sugar and crushed pineapple, then set the saucepan over medium heat.
STEP FOUR: Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes, or until thickened.
STEP FIVE: Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter and apple cider vinegar. Serve as a glaze with ham, and enjoy!
Does Pineapple Ruin Ham?
You may have heard horror stories of people who ruined their ham recipes with pineapple. Fresh pineapple will make ham very mushy because it contains a powerful enzyme that will actually break down the meat.
That’s why it’s so important to either: use canned pineapple if you want to baste your ham with fruit OR make a separate glaze to serve on the side.
My crushed pineapple sauce for ham is the perfect solution if you’re worried about ruining your ham with fresh pineapple!
How Do You Thicken Pineapple Juice?
You can thicken pineapple juice by using cornstarch. In fact, cornstarch is one of the most important ingredients in pineapple brown sugar sauce for ham! Make sure that you whisk until the cornstarch has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
If you’d like an even thicker glaze, continue to add cornstarch (a little at a time) until you get the consistency you’re after.
What Should You Baste a Ham With?
If you’re looking for an easy way to ensure a delicious ham, make sure you baste it! Coat the meat before it goes in the oven, then baste throughout the baking process as well.
Pair brown sugar and butter for traditional glazed ham. Simply mix melted butter, brown sugar, and a bit of apple or orange juice for a simple, delicious basting liquid. The fruit juice will bring out the full flavor of your ham!
What Can You Substitute Pineapple Juice With For Ham?
If you’re not a fan of sweet pineapple sauce for ham, or if someone in your house has an allergy, there are some replacements you can use.
Orange juice is the most popular solution, as it has a similar taste to pineapple. Their flavors aren’t identical, but they both feature that winning combination of sweet and sour that goes so well with ham!
Other Recipes You’ll Love:
- Air Fryer Ham Steaks
- Homemade Buffalo Sauce
- Air Fryer Pork Belly
- Crockpot Ham and Cabbage
- Air Fryer Pineapple Chicken
- 1 ½ cups crushed pineapple, undrained
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- In a colander set over a medium saucepan, drain the crushed pineapple. Set the pineapple aside.
- Add the water to the pineapple juice, then whisk in the cornstarch until dissolved and smooth.
- Add the brown sugar and crushed pineapple, then set the saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes, until thickened.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter and apple cider vinegar. Serve with ham.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 0g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.