The 8 Best Mail Order Hams in 2022

The D'Artagnan Berkshire Pork Bone-In Spiral Ham is our top pick

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The pasture-raised D'Artagnan Berkshire Pork Bone-In Spiral Ham deserves a spot on your table because it's tender, juicy, and smoked over real applewood. If you're looking for a boneless option, we recommend the flavorful Omaha Steaks' Duroc Boneless Country Ham, as it is smoked for eight hours.

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 reuse the ham bone after the ham is gone. Plus, there are countless glorious ways to use leftovers. We scoured the internet for the best places to order ham online for the holidays, Easter, or any upcoming feasts you may be planning.

Here are the best mail order hams.

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

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Courtesy of D’Artagnan

What We Like
  • Fresh or frozen

  • Pastured Berkshire pork

  • Applewood-smoked

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than some others

What do buyers say? 25+ D'Artagnan reviewers rated this product 4.2 stars or above.

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. 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.

Price at time of publish: $99 for a fresh 8-10-pound ham, $97.99 for a frozen 8-10-pound ham

Size: 8-10 pounds | Serves: 16-18 people | Flavor: Applewood | Shipping: Select delivery date when ordering, fresh requires delivery by January 9, 2023.

What Our Editors Say

"This is my go-to ham for every holiday. I'm pretty picky about spiral hams—because they can get dry—but this one comes out perfectly. It also arrives exactly when promised, so I never have to worry about delays." Julia Warren, VP of Commerce

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

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Courtesy of Nueske's

What We Like
  • Bone-in (can use it for soups)

  • Award-winning

What We Don't Like
  • Bone-in (one more thing to deal with)

If you’re a fan of honey-blazed 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.

Price at time of publish: $84.99 and $119.99

Size: 7 and 12 pounds | Serves: 14-24 people | Flavor: Applewood | Shipping: Standard, rush service, overnight, and schedule-ahead shipping available

Best Boneless: Omaha Steaks Duroc Boneless Country Ham

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Courtesy of Omaha Steaks

What We Like
  • On the smaller side

  • Longer smoke process for enhanced flavor

What We Don't Like
  • You may not have leftovers

This whole-muscle, expertly butchered ham is slow-smoked over real hickory wood 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.

Price at time of publish: $59.99-$109.99 (but 50% off when purchased with another Omaha Steaks product)

Size: 2.5 and 5 pounds | Serves: 5-10 people | Flavor: Hickory | Availability: Orders ship in 3-5 business days or less—but express, rush, and Saturday rush are available

What Our Expert Says

“Leftover ham is one of the best parts of being the host. It’s such a flavor powerhouse and great for fried rice, hearty bean soups, stacked sandwiches and so much more.” — Andrew Hunter, Executive Chef at Niman Ranch

Best Budget: Rastelli's Boneless Carving Ham With Glaze

Rastelli's Boneless Carving Ham With Glaze

Rastelli's

What We Like
  • Cooks in a short amount of time

  • Comes with honey glaze packet

  • Feeds up to six people

What We Don't Like
  • Glazing required

This hardwood-smoked ham ships frozen and though it requires cooking, it takes less than an hour for it to be hot and ready. You'll have to put the honey glaze on yourself with about 30 minutes left, but that also allows you to throw on any other flavorings you'd like, too.

Perhaps what we love about it most, though, is the price. It feeds over a handful of people for about half of some other hams out there, making for a budget-friendly celebration.

Price at time of publish: $45.00

Size: 4 pounds | Serves: 5-6 people | Shipping: Ships within 5 business days of the order being placed and delivery date selection available

What Our Expert Says

"Some more commercial hams on store shelves use corn syrup, potato starch, chemical curing agents and artificial flavoring. Hams that are smoked over real hardwood and featuring a very short list of ingredients you can easily pronounce produce a premium ham you can proudly serve your family." Andrew Hunter, Executive Chef at Niman Ranch

Best for Gifting: The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint Pit Smoked BBQ Ham

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint Pit Smoked BBQ Ham

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint

What We Like
  • Brined for 48 hours

  • Fully cooked

What We Don't Like
  • No special gift wrapping

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is well-known for its meats and has been featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives"—but you don't have to make a trip down there to get one of its specialties. A double world champion, this BBQ ham marinades for two days in dark brown sugar, salt, allspice, cloves, celery, and bay leaves before it is smoked over pecan wood in a sticky honey glaze. While it is not wrapped specially for gifts, it is more flavorful than a regular honey-baked ham and makes a great and mouthwatering present.

Price at time of publish: $119.95

Size: 5-7 pounds | Serves: 8-12 people | Flavor: BBQ | Shipping: 2-day shipping, ships Monday through Thursday

What Our Expert Says

"Leftover ham is one of the best parts of being the host. It’s such a flavor powerhouse and great for fried rice, hearty bean soups, stacked sandwiches and so much more." — Andrew Hunter, Executive Chef at Niman Ranch

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

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Courtesy of Harry & David

What We Like
  • Everyone can have what they like

  • Pre-sliced meat is good for sandwiches

What We Don't Like
  • Fairly small amount of each meat

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.

Price at time of publish: $99.99

Size: 2 pounds of ham, 2 pounds of turkey | Serves: 5-6 people | Shipping: Express 2-day shipping is included

What Our Editors Say

"This is such a convenient option for anyone who doesn't want to spend all day cooking meat and would be a great addition to a buffet at a party any time of the year. I was impressed with the flavor of both the ham and the turkey—they made delicious sandwiches." — Mary Kate Hoban, Associate Editorial Director

Best Overnight Delivery: Stock Yards Spiral-Sliced Ham

Stock Yards Spiral-Sliced Ham

Stock Yards

What We Like
  • Precooked and pre-sliced

  • 2-day shipping included in cost

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Looking for something to arrive quickly? The Spiral-Sliced ham from Stock Yards can be ordered at the last minute, and 2-day shipping is included in the price. If that's not quick enough, both overnight and overnight Saturday shipping are options, too, ensuring that up to 10 people can enjoy this ham that is smoked twice and precooked and pre-sliced. Place it on the table warm or chilled.

Price at time of publish: $99.99

Size: 7.5-8.5 pounds | Serves: 6-10 people | Shipping: Overnight and overnight Saturday shipping available on orders made before 1 p.m. EST

Best Black Forest: Schaller & Weber Black Forest Ham

 Black Forest Ham

Courtesy of iGourmet

What We Like
  • Really nice on sandwiches

  • This brand popularized Black Forest ham in the U.S.

What We Don't Like
  • Not pre-sliced

Black Forest ham originally meant ham from the Black Forest region of Germany. 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 one is from Schaller & Weber, the brand that popularized this style in America more than 80 years ago. After working in butcher shops throughout Germany, cofounder Ferdinand Schaller brought the experience to his butcher shop in partner with Tony Weber on New York’s Upper East Side, and the rest is history. This ham makes a mean holiday main course, which could also be wonderful for breakfast, on sandwiches, in pasta, and more.

Price at time of publish: $102.99

Size: 9 pounds | Serves: 18 to 20 people | Availability: Orders placed after 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday with 2-Day shipping will ship on Monday of the following week

Final Verdict

For sustainability, flavor, and value, we love the D'Artagnan Berkshire Pork Bone-In Spiral Ham, and having the bone included means you can make a mean soup or pot of beans after. But Rastelli's Boneless Carving Ham is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to stretch their money's worth.

What to Look for in Mail-Order Hams 

Size and Serving

Our picks serve anywhere from eight to 22 people, and the right amount for your dinner will depend on your guest count. It’s generally better to have leftovers than to not be able to feed your guests, though, so we recommend ordering a little more than you expect to serve.

Flavor

The exact ham you like will probably depend a lot on what you have the most nostalgia around. Do you like the rich sweetness of honey-glazed ham? The enhanced meatiness of smoked ham? Would Italian spices, like rosemary and sage, add to your experience or detract from it?

Leftover Applications  

This will also depend a lot on your preferences. Something like the Harry & David option that comes pre-sliced will be extremely easy to repurpose into sandwiches. However, if it’s spiral cut, it may hold up better in the fridge as it’s waiting to be used in leftovers.

FAQs

What is a spiral ham?

Spiral ham has generally been sliced by a butcher into a spiral shape. It’s become popular for its ease of carving at the holiday table.

How many pounds of ham do you need per person?

If you’re doing a boneless ham, plan on around 1/3 pound per person. If you’re doing a bone-in ham, go with 1/2 pound per person.

Can you refreeze ham if it partially thaws in transit?

As long as it’s only partially thawed, the USDA says it’s fine to refreeze ham that’s been partially thawed in transit.

How We Researched

To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best mail-order hams on the market in this category, evaluating their key features—like size, glaze, or price—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

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.

Allison Wignall, who updated this article, is a writer who focuses on food and travel. She’s always in the kitchen trying to recreate recipes from around the world. Her work has been featured in publications, such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

Amanda McDonald is an editor at The Spruce Eats and has over seven years of experience researching, writing, and editing about all things food — from what new products are at the grocery store to chef-approved hacks that keep tricky leftovers fresh for days. She updated this story with the most up-to-date information.

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