Try These 7 Ham Recipes for Your Next Barbecue

Ham Doesn't Just Have to Be Baked

Christmas dinner. Organic ham roasted with sage and thyme leaves and apple chutney
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We are all familiar with baked ham, but did you know you can also put it on the grill and in the smoker? To try something different this holiday season, use your outdoor cooking equipment to make the most of your ham. Regardless of the ham you select—whether it is a good country ham or if it came in a can—you can add additional flavor before you serve it. A ham only needs to be heated up to bring it to perfection, so why not use your grill or smoker to make the most of your holiday ham? 

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    Honey Glazed Smoked Ham

    Honey Glazed Smoked Ham

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    This is a great way to take a regular cooked ham and turn it into something spectacular! By applying a spice rub of paprika, sugar, mustard, and cayenne pepper and placing it in the smoker, you add a delicious depth of flavor to a "ready to eat" ham. And basting it with a mixture of chicken broth, pineapple juice, dry mustard, and cloves while it cooks results in a rich tasting ham with a beautiful dark, crispy coating.

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    Simple Grilled Ham

    Simple Grilled Ham

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    This simple grilled ham recipe is easy enough to prepare for any occasion, yet delicious enough for fancy gatherings. The ham is coated with a sweet and savory mixture of brown sugar, horseradish, lemon juice, and cloves and is cooked slowly on the grill until golden brown, with a nice sticky crust on the outside.

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    Grilled Mustard-Apricot Ham

    Glazed Spiral Ham

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    This ham is deliciously sweet with a bit of zing from the Dijon mustard. You begin with a fully cooked ham and then brush with a homemade apricot-mustard glaze, which infuses the ham with a sweet and tangy flavor and creates a nice golden color on the outside. A great meal for the holiday season!

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    Grilled Ham Steak with Pineapple

    Ham with pineapple on a serving dish

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    This is a great way to prepare a ham steak. You marinate it in a mixture of pineapple juice, mustard, and honey and then grill it alongside large pieces of pineapple. You can probably get the pineapple juice from the whole pineapple after you have cut it up, but if you are pressed for time canned juice works just as well.

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    Chipotle Smoked Ham

    Southwestern Smoked Ham

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    If you have a smoker, this is your opportunity to make your own smoked ham that will be better tasting than any of the smoked hams you buy at the store. This recipe calls for a fresh (or uncooked, uncured) ham which is rubbed with a ground-up mixture of chipotle chilis, onion, and parsley and then smoked for eight to 10 hours. The cooked ham is served with a homemade chipotle sauce.

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    Rotisserie Glazed Ham

    Rotisserie Glazed Ham

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    This method of heating a fully cooked holiday ham gives it that crunchy sweet coating that everyone loves. Place the ham on the rotisserie spit in your grill and start with low heat to get the ham up to temperature. Then glaze with the mixture of honey, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and cloves and put over the flame to caramelize the sugar and give it a good crust.