Dutch Oven Ham and Pineapple

A Dutch oven with the whole ham showing the clear layers of the ham and pineapple.

The popular combination of ham and pineapple meets again in this Dutch oven bake which is a great camping main meal. With only three ingredients (ham, canned pineapple, and pork rub), this dish is easy to prepare but looks impressive. The flavor and texture is pleasing to adults and kids alike.

Both the ham and pineapple are individually packed in a way that makes them easy to take to the outdoors without too much fuss. It is then quick and easy to assemble at your campsite to create a visually pleasant meal with a familiar flavor. The aromas while roasting will draw everyone towards the Dutch oven.

This recipe uses a simple pork rub to add additional flavoring. For a more complex set of flavors try adding a bourbon glaze over the top while cooking. Glazing the ham would also give it a holiday feel, perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

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A chopping board with the last slice of pineapple being inserted into the ham.
After the meat is pre-cut the slices of pineapple are easily inserted into the cuts. Be gentle otherwise you may tear the cut further to create a complete break.
A sliced ham with pineapple rings sits in a Dutch oven surrounded by pineapple juice.
The pineapple-stuffed ham roasts in a Dutch oven with pineapple juices from the can, creating a moist and tender meat.
A Dutch oven with the charcoal laden lid being removed to expose the ham and pineapple within.
The Dutch oven is set-up with charcoal to roast the ham and pineapple at a constant temperature.
A Dutch oven with the whole ham showing the clear layers of the ham and pineapple.
After being roasted, the ham and pineapple have slightly browned and the effect is quite appealing.

Dutch Oven Ham and Pineapple Recipe

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A Dutch oven with the whole ham showing the clear layers of the ham and pineapple.
The popular combination of ham and pineapple meet again in this Dutch oven bake which is a great camping main meal.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Ready in 1 hour
Servings 6 Servings
CourseDinner
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
MethodBake

Ingredients

  • 1 small boneless ham
  • 1 can sliced pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon pork rub

Equipment

  • 12 inch Dutch oven

Directions

  • Preheat the Dutch oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Prepare the pork by partly cutting slices into the ham. Each cut is the same width as a slice of pineapple and stops about 1/2-inch (1 1/2cm) above the base in a Hassleback style.
  • Open the can of pineapple and remove the pineapple rings while saving the juice. Cut each pineapple ring in half.
  • Carefully put each half of pineapple into the slices in the ham, until all the cuts have been filled.
  • Place the stuffed ham in the preheated Dutch oven. Pour the reserved pineapple juice over the ham, then sprinkle with the pork rub.
  • Set the Dutch oven to cook at 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C) and roast the ham for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes check the ham and pineapple. You are looking for color on the top and bottom of the ham and the ham to be warmed through.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 3591mgCalcium: 61mgVitamin C: 9mgVitamin A: 112IUSugar: 14gFiber: 2gPotassium: 999mgCholesterol: 187mgCalories: 799kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 24gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 18gFat: 51gProtein: 66gCarbohydrates: 16gIron: 4mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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