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How to Grill a Ham
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How to Grill a Ham

If you think that ham is delicious, wait until you try grilled ham. Also called double smoked ham, I find that its smoky flavor becomes enhanced when it is placed on a grill. After you season and glaze it, the ham will be the center price of your table.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ham
Servings: 4
Calories: 342kcal


  • Aluminum foil
  • A large enough grill to cook the ham


  • Precooked ham with a seasoning packet

  • Seasoning spices

  • Sugar-based glaze


  • When going to the grocery store to get ham, pick fresh ham that has not been there for too long.

  • You should only pick ham that looks fresh to you, even when it is cooked.

  • The rotisseries skewer is a great way to keep the ham roasted evenly.

  • However, this can be a significant challenge even with the best of ham picks.

  • When you do eventually manage to place the entire thing on your rod, there is a good chance that some slices will begin to fall off as soon as the meat loses its chill.

  • However, the chances that you will find affordable uncut ham are quite low.

  • On a charcoal grill, this will be quite easy.

  • However, I have found that you can still do this on a gas grill.

  • To achieve this, you will need some wood chips soaked in water.

  • You will then wrap them in some aluminum and then place them on your grill, close to your ham.

  • During grilling, you will need to ensure that the ham remains moist.

  • If you picked spiral cut ham, the goal would be to keep these slices packed together as close as possible.

  • You will also need to keep them away from a direct flame

  • If you want to avoid the ends of your ham drying out, ensure that the cut side of the pork is placed facing down on the aluminum foil.

  • Ensure that the ham is over the side of the grill with indirect heat at all times.

  • That will mean you shut off all burners below the ham. If you are using a charcoal grill, ensure there are no burning coals below your grill.

  • The best way to keep the ham moist and the flavors intact is to keep the temperature low.

  • It is especially crucial if you will be using a sugar-based glaze.

  • Keep in mind that sugar will burn at 265 degrees F.

  • To avoid this issue, always set the temperature of your grill at 250 degrees F.

  • If you have fresh pork, you will need to cook it first at about 160 degrees F before you can place it on your grill.

  • As the ham cooks, you will need to baste it to add the flavor, while at the same time creating the foundation on which to place the crusty top.

  • The main word of warning that I have for you is to use moderate amounts of sugar to start. However, if you are grilling at below 265 degrees F, you do not have to worry.

  • However, if you use a higher temperature than 265F, you will either need to lower the temperature or wait until the end of your grilling to add sugar.

  • The basting is essential for maintaining the surface of the ham moist.

  • Now you need to start applying sugar to the skin of your pork.

  • If your harm has been grilling at more than 265F, you need to drop this temperature.

  • Keep in mind that if you apply a thick layer of sugar to the hot ham, the sugar will melt and this will create a hard shell once you take it off the grill.

  • Just pat the sugar onto your ham gently to get it to form a nice crust.

  •  If you do not want the surface to be sweet, you can cut back on the amount of sugar you use.

  • Ensure you choose a quality “raw” sugar such as Turbinado or Demerara.

  • These sugars have large crystals, which stick perfectly to the surface, thus creating the thick crust you want. 

  • Once you are done applying the sugar, let the ham continue to cook until it is ready.

  • Ensure that there are at least 15 minutes between the last sugar and the time you take your pork off the grill.

  • After you are done grilling the ham, take it off your grill. As the pork cools, the sugar will continue to harden and stick to your ham better. 


Serving: 100g | Calories: 342kcal