Traditional Holiday Ham


It’s that time of year … and the only time I make a ham 🙂 It’s a childhood favorite for me.


  • 1 (10-14 lb) bone in ham
  • 1/2 cup of whole cloves
  • 1 (20 ounce can) of pineapple rings in heavy syrup
  • 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle of 7-up, sprite, or lemon-lime soda
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar of maraschino cherries
  • toothpicks


  1. Preheat the oven to 325*
  2. Place ham in a roasting pan. Slice the rind of the ham with a diamond pattern. Press a clove into the center of each diamond. Drain the juice from the pineapple rings into a medium bowl, and stir in the brown sugar and lemon-lime soda. Coat the ham with this mixture. Arrange the pineapple rings over the outside of the ham. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring, and secure with a toothpick.
  3. Bake uncovered for 4 1/2  to 5 1/2  hours depending on the ham size, basting frequently .  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.  Remove toothpicks before serving.Enjoy !!!

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