Bajan Christmas Ham

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I love glazed baked ham, it’s a delicious traditional Christmas dish in Barbados. After you master baking your ham you can try other ingredients for flavour. See our recipe below.


½ cup brown sugar
1 cup pineapple juice
¼ cup whole cloves
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 (4.5 pound) butt-end smoked ham
1 (15.25 ounce) can pineapple rings, drained
1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Whisk pineapple juice, brown sugar, and dry mustard in a bowl until brown sugar has dissolved.

Place ham in a baking dish with cut side down and arrange pineapple rings and maraschino cherries onto the ham; secure with toothpicks if needed. Push cloves into ham and baste ham and fruit with pineapple juice glaze.

Bake in the preheated oven until glaze has baked onto ham, 1 1/2 to 2 hours; baste with glaze every 30 minutes.

Turn on oven’s broiler.

Broil ham until the glaze forms a crust and the pineapple slices are browned, about 5 minutes.

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