Ham in a Roaster Oven is juicy and succulent with a sweet and savory brown sugar pineapple glaze -- and frees up oven space during holidays and special occasions. Serve with red skin mashed potatoes, corn casserole, and green bean casserole for a delicious holiday meal.
This electric roaster oven ham recipe is so easy and delicious, you may never make your Easter dinner ham any other way.
The ham is wrapped in aluminum foil during the cooking process to keep it tender and juicy.
And the simple, delicious brown sugar pineapple glaze bakes into the ham and adds rich, sweet flavor.
No roaster oven? Try my delicious Maple Bourbon Slow Cooker Ham.
Why You're Going to Love This Recipe
- Perfect recipe for your special occasion ham
- Succulent, juicy ham with pineapple brown sugar glaze
- Great way to free up oven space for holiday meal prep
Bone-in ham. This recipe was prepared with an 8-9 pound smoked, pre-cooked ham. A bone-in half ham or whole ham is less likely to dry out than a spiral ham and more flavorful than boneless ham.
Pineapple juice. Pineapple juice adds sweetness to the glaze and helps counteract the saltiness of the ham. You can also use orange juice.
Brown sugar. Brown sugar adds rich molasses flavor to the ham.
Dijon mustard. Dijon is a perfectly tangy foil against the sweetness of the brown sugar and pineapple juice.
How to Cook a Ham in a Roaster
1. Prepare the roaster oven.
Pour water into the roaster oven insert pan. Preheat the roaster oven temperature to 325.
2. Trim and score the ham.
Trim any excess fat from the outer layer down to ¼ inch. Score the ham in a diamond pattern by making diagonal cuts about ⅓ inch deep and 1 inch apart.
3. Roast the ham.
Wrap the ham in two large sheets of aluminum foil with the opening at the top. Place the ham on the roasting rack in the preheated oven and roast for 1 hour 15 minutes.
4. Make the brown sugar pineapple glaze.
While the ham is roasting, combine the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
5. Glaze the ham while it roasts.
Brush the ham with ½ of the glaze and wrap it back up in foil. Roast for 1 hour.
Brush the ham with the remaining glaze and keep the foil open. Turn the heat to 425 and roast for 10-15 minutes to bake in the glaze. Cook to an internal temperature of 140.
Remove ham from roaster oven. If desired, brush the top of ham with glaze from the foil. Let the ham rest for 15 minutes before cutting.
Storage & Freezing
Store leftover ham in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
To freeze, slice ham off the bone and cut it into slices. Portion the ham and wrap each portion in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag.
To freeze the ham bone, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag.
What to Make with Leftover Ham
Leftover ham is a gift that keeps on giving. We love to use it to make:
Heat ham for approximately 18-24 minutes per pound until heated through to 140 degrees f. Use this handy timetable to adjust the cooking time for other types of ham.
Start glazing ham during the last hour of cooking so the glaze doesn't burn.
For a glossy finish, save a little bit of glaze to brush on right before serving.
What to Serve with Roaster Oven Ham
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Cooking time depends on the size of the ham. A good rule of thumb for bone-in ham is to estimate 18-24 minutes per pound of ham. Roast until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees. The best way to check for doneness is with a digital read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham.
Absolutely! A roaster oven is a great option for cooking ham, especially during busy holidays when the oven space is at a premium. I like to wrap the ham in foil and brush it with brown sugar glaze to keep it moist and juicy and full of flavor.
Yes. Adding water to the roaster oven helps to prevent the ham from drying out while it cooks. But make sure you add the water to the insert pan, not the roaster. To add water to the roaster, place the insert pan into the roaster oven, then pour water into the bottom of the pan.
Stuff I Use
This digital instant-read thermometer is waterproof and magnetized -- I keep it on the fridge next to the stove.
A roaster oven adds oven space when yours is maxed out -- and is a great option on hot days when it's too hot to turn on the oven.
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How to Cook a Ham in a Roaster
- 8-9 pound fully cooked smoked bone-in ham
- 2 cups water
Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- Pour water into the roaster oven insert pan. Preheat to 325.
- Trim excess fat from the ham down to ¼ inch. Score the ham in a diamond pattern by cutting lines about ⅓ inch deep and 1 inch apart.
- Wrap the ham in foil with the opening at the top. Place the ham on the rack in the roaster and roast for 1 hour 15 minutes.
- While the ham is roasting, combine the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has slightly thickened.
- Brush the ham with ½ of the glaze and wrap it again in foil. Roast for 1 hour. Brush the ham with the remaining glaze and keep the foil open. Turn the heat to 425 and roast for 10-15 minutes to bake in the glaze. Cook to an internal temperature of 140.
- Remove ham from roaster oven. If desired, brush the top of ham with glaze from the foil. Let the ham rest for 15 minutes before cutting.