Rita's Sweet Holiday Baked Ham


This holiday ham recipe is from my mom. She would cook this easy recipe on my birthday. Made with maraschino cherries, sliced pineapples, brown sugar, honey, and many more yummy ingredients. You'll love this ham dinner for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special occasion — and it's not just for the holidays, it's great any time of year!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 cup maple syrup

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1 cup ginger ale

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup honey

  • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, halved

  • 1 (12 pound) fully-cooked, bone-in ham

  • large heat-resistant nylon oven bag (such as Reynolds® Oven Bags)

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can pineapple slices in juice, drained

  • 1 box round wooden toothpicks


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Mix together maple syrup, orange juice, ginger ale, brown sugar, and honey in a medium bowl. Stir in juice from the maraschino cherries, and half of the cherries.

  3. Score the outer edge of the ham with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern. Cuts should be about 1/4 inch deep to allow the ham to soak up the juice.

  4. Place ham into an oven bag, and carefully pour the juice mixture over it, keeping all of the juice in the bag (it may look like there is too much juice, but the ham will soak it up while baking).

  5. Place pineapples onto the top of the ham, and secure with toothpicks. Place cherries into the centers of the rings, and secure with toothpicks also. Tie the end of the bag closed with the ties provided, place in a large roasting pan, and cut a few small slits in the top of the oven bag.

  6. Bake ham for 2 hours in the preheated oven. The internal temperature should be 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) when done. Be sure not to touch the bone when taking the temperature.

  7. Remove ham from bag to a serving plate, and let stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

667 Calories
42g Fat
28g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 667
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 2918mg 127%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 86mg 431%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 775mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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