Repurposing Food: BBQ Pineapple Ham Sauté 

Garen’s mom is always great about sending a care package home with us when we visit. This week we got ham. Yum! 

I looked on Pinterest to try to find recipes of what to do with leftover ham since all of my go-to leftover ham recipes are kind of cold weather food (soups, casseroles, etc.). The closest thing I found to a summer recipe was ham kabobs but ours was sliced ham so that wasn’t optimal. 

So I decided to make up my own sauté version. I call it BBQ Pineapple Ham Sauté. Very original, I know. Here it is:


  • About 6 slices of 1/4 inch ham (sorry I didn’t weigh it- it was leftover and you use what you’ve got)
  • 1 20 oz can pineapple chunks with juice (I used Kroger brand)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or more if you like it a lot)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce


Cut up the ham into bite size pieces. Chop up the cilantro. Put the ham and cilantro into the pan. Dump in the pineapple with its juice. Add the BBQ sauce. Stir to cost everything. 

Bring to a simmer.  Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sauce gets thick and the ham and pineapple gets some color. 

It made enough for about 4 people. 


As you can see, we ate it with grilled corn on the cob (also thanks to the care package from Jacquetta) and a Cilantro-Lime Fruit Salad (leftover fruit from Jacquetta’s retirement party).

Review from Garen: “Pretty good. Very strong.” Then he said it was “flavorful.” (I think that was one of those moments when he thought he might hurt my feelings. Such as gentleman). He recommended serving it on rice and said he’d order it so I guess it must be decent. 


Published by Liz

Crazy busy wife, mother of four kids and a cat, employee, friend, amateur chef, and wanna-be crafty person who often times is running around like a chicken with his head cut off.

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