The 8 Best Mail Order Hams of 2021

The tastiest meat for your upcoming feasts

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Our Top Picks
"Berkshire pork is known for its heavy, flavorful marbling, tender meat, and crispy skin."
"It’s double-smoked with a brown sugar glaze and sure to melt in your mouth."
"This pasture-raised pork is tender and juicy, and it deserves a spot on your table."
"This is a type of dry-cured, smoked ham that is flavored with black pepper, coriander, garlic, and juniper berries."
"It is slow-smoked for up to eight hours, resulting in a mellow, extra hammy flavor."
"When you just can't decide between the top holiday meats, this sampler saves the day."
"This ham won the Silver Award from the Specialty Food Association and nabbed the Seal of Excellence at the Wisconsin State Fair."
"It’s infused with rosemary, sage, and juniper for extra flavor, with no antibiotics or artificial ingredients."

For some, it’s just not the holidays without a gigantic ham for dinner. Most of the time, the pork comes fully cooked, and all that’s left to do is reheat it in the oven. There are honey-glazed, maple-glazed, smoked, spiral, and combinations of all of the above. Some prefer boneless options, while others love to reuse the ham bone after the ham is gone. Plus, there are countless glorious ways to use the leftovers. We scoured the internet for the best places to order ham online for any upcoming feasts you may be planning. Here are the best mail order hams.

Best Overall: Fossil Farms Berkshire Pork Bone-In Smoked Ham

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Fossil Farms describes itself as “a mission-driven company guided by principles.” This means that the brand raises sustainable pasture-grazed meat without antibiotics, steroids, or hormones. The Maple-Cured Bone-In Smoked Ham is a whopping 9 pounds, has a pleasant amount of smokiness, and is made from Berkshire pork raised and processed by family farmers in Iowa and New Jersey. Berkshire pork in general is known for its heavy, flavorful marbling and tender meat. The meat is juicy, the skin is crispy. It’s the holiday dream ham, raised responsibly.

Note: Due to a high volume of orders, shipping may be delayed. Choose "Next Day Air" for delivery 12/23 to 12/26.

Best Smoked: Melissa Cookston's Memphis BBQ Double-Smoked Spiral Cut Ham

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Melissa Cookston of Melissa Cookston’s Memphis BBQ is a living legend—the only woman to be named a world BBQ champion (a title she's earned seven times) and the first female pitmaster in the Barbecue Hall of Fame. Wall Street Journal called her “The Most Decorated Woman in Competitive Barbecue.” If you’re guessing, then, that her ham is worth a try, you would absolutely be correct. It’s double-smoked with a brown sugar glaze and sure to melt in your mouth. Enjoy with a big glass of bourbon!

Best Spiral: D'Artagnan Berkshire Pork Bone-In Spiral Ham

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D’Artagnan was founded in 1985 by Ariane Daguin, the daughter of a French chef who fell in love with foie gras and found an opportunity to produce it domestically. Since then, it’s become known as a leader in natural, sustainable, and humane production and a pioneer in the organic meat world. Thanks to partnerships with chefs and restaurants (first in NYC, then across the country), D’Artagnan has reshaped what we think of as good meat in the United States. As such, it’s not really a surprise that the company's ham is fantastic—it’s made with pasture-raised Berkshire pork that’s been smoked over real applewood. It’s tender, juicy, well-marbled, and deserves a spot on your table.

Best Black Forest: Diestel Farms Whole Black Forest Ham

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Black Forest Ham originally meant ham from the Black Forest region of Germany (in German: Schwarzwälder Schinken). Today, it generally refers to a type of dry-cured, smoked ham that takes about three months to produce and is flavored with black pepper, coriander, garlic, and juniper berries. This Black Forest ham from Diestel Family Ranch in Sonora, California (a leader in meat production since 1949) by way of Williams-Sonoma makes a mean holiday main course, and also could be wonderful for breakfast, on sandwiches, in pasta, and more. It’s 8 pounds (!) and can last in the fridge for 30 days unopened or five days opened. If that’s not enough time, it can be stored in the freezer for up to a year.

Best Boneless: Omaha Steaks Duroc Boneless Country Ham

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This whole-muscle, expertly butchered ham is slow-smoked for up to eight hours, resulting in a mellow, extra hammy flavor. Omaha Steaks, which calls itself “America’s Original Butcher” has been famous in the meat industry since the early 1900s. The company is especially known for steak, but this ham gives the brand's beef a run for its money. This ham is boneless and especially juicy and easy to cut. It serves 10, but you're unlikely to have leftovers even if you’re serving fewer than that.

Best Ham and Turkey Combo: Harry & David Sliced Ham and Turkey Sampler

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Maybe half of your family wants turkey and the other half prefers ham. When you just can't decide between the top holiday meats, this sampler saves the day. Harry and David may be best known for its fruit baskets and nut selections, but it's also one of the best places to order meat online, including this pre-sliced ham and turkey combo or a spiral-sliced ham. You can also buy a complete meal, so you won’t even have to worry about side dishes.

Best Honey-Glazed: Nueske’s Spiral Sliced Bone-In Ham with Honey Glaze

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If you’re a fan of honey-glazed ham, look no further than the Spiral Sliced Bone-In Ham with Honey Glaze from Nueske’s, the multi-generational Wisconsin-owned premium meat company, which has been producing since 1882. You can trust Nueske’s meat in general, but this ham is something special—it was named one of America’s Best by Ladies Home Journal, it won the Silver Award from the Specialty Food Association, and nabbed the Seal of Excellence at the Wisconsin State Fair. Choosing this for the holidays or your next special occasion is a deliciously safe bet!

Best Overnight Delivery: Stock Yards Prosciutto Cotto Ham Roast

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Looking for something to arrive quickly? The Prosciutto Cotto Ham Roast from Stock Yards can be ordered at the last minute. Prosciutto cotto is Italian dry-cured ham that's known for its versatility—it’s just as great for Sunday dinner as it is for a quick weekday sandwich. After being slow-roasted, it’s infused with rosemary, sage, and juniper for extra flavor, with no nitrates or nitrites, antibiotics, or artificial ingredients. At 4 pounds 11 ounces, there will be plenty for a feast, plus some leftover.

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Writer and professional eater Christine Clark is a nationally recognized food expert and locally recognized eater of good things. She was a vegetarian in college and now refuses to live life without a steady stream of pork products. She has a cheese podcast and is a Certified Cheese Professional through the American Cheese Society.

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