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You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you've made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.

Damn Good Whole Ham

The best recipe for an oven baked or BBQ grilled Whole Bone-in Ham covered with the most delicious pineapple, brown sugar, and spicy mustard glaze.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 20 mins
Servings 16 servings
Calories 309


  • 4 pound whole bone-in cured ham (size may vary, adjust cook time accordingly)
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple (peel and core removed, cut into chunks)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup spicy brown mustard


  • Score the outer fat layer of the ham in a diamond pattern. Only let your knife go as deep as the fat and make the lines of the diamonds run about an inch apart. This will allow the fat to more easily render and it will also allow the pineapple glaze to better sink into the meat.
  • Insert a meat thermometer into your ham and wrap the entire ham in foil. Cook the ham in the oven or on grill at 275 degrees F until the thermometer reads 130 degrees F.
  • Combine the pineapple, brown sugar, and mustard in the blender to make a glaze.
  • Once the ham its 130 degrees F, leave the ham on the foil but open it up. If there's excess liquid, drain off as much as you can. Pour the pineapple glaze all over the ham, trying to keep as much on the ham as you can. Leave the foil open but this time make more of a bowl with it. Continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees F.
  • Remove from oven or grill and allow to rest at least 15 minutes before slicing. Ham should fall off the bone. When done, reserve bone to make some leftover ham soup.


Cooking tips for perfect results:

  • Prior to cooking, set the ham out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Fresh pineapple is recommended, however canned or thawed frozen pineapple can be used instead. 
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil is recommended as it is less likely to tear.
  • Total cooking time will depend on the size of your ham, but you can plan on roughly 30 minutes per pound.
  • You can prepare a spiral cut ham using the same recipe instructions and it will be delicious, however it won't shred like this whole ham did.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1436mg | Potassium: 350mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg