Grilling this spiced ham frees up your oven for all those delicious Easter side dishes.
The National Pork Board recently invited me to be one of their Easter Ham Ambassadors and they sent me a recipe for Grilled Spiced Ham with Citrus Glaze to share with you. Now I have to admit, grilling a ham had never entered my mind! But yes, it can be done!! I love the idea, because usually at Easter there is a waiting line for the oven. Grilling the ham opens up the oven for all those holiday side dishes.
How to grill a ham.
For this recipe, you treat your grill just like a oven. We have a gas grill so I heated it up to about 400 degrees using only the flames on the sides, turning the middle burners off. This creates a nice warm and toasty oven for your ham.
I coated the ham in a spice rub of coriander, paprika, cumin, cinnamon and cloves.
I then placed the spiced ham on a piece of foil right on the grill and closed the lid for about 1 1/4 hours. You want to cook it for about 15-20 minutes per pound. If you don’t have a grill you can also do this in the oven. Just heat oven to 400 degrees and place ham in the lower third of the oven.
The spiced ham recipe calls for a bone in ham, but my grocery store hadn’t received their Easter ham shipments. Instead, I used a small 4 lb. black forest ham. That is why the outside of the ham has that nice black ring. I promise it isn’t burned!!
Also, when cooking a whole ham, score the top of the ham in a diamond pattern. Just use a knife to cut a 1/8 inch deep pattern into the fat. As it bakes the cuts will separate forming some pretty little diamond shapes on the ham.
The citrus glaze is a perfect paring with this spiced ham.
About the last ten minutes glaze the ham with a mixture of a citrus flavored marmalade (orange, lemon or citrus), orange juice and brown sugar. The glaze will lightly caramelize and taste just lovely. The ham should reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Again, remember the ham is already cooked through, you are basically just heating it up.
The glaze created a delicious, sweet coating to the outside of the pan. Also, I heated up some of the extra marmalade and poured it over the meat for a little extra sweetness. And besides being delicious it was pretty too. A garnish of parsley and sliced lemons gave it the finishing touch.
After removing from the grill or oven allow it to rest for about 15 minutes and then slice to serve. Grilled Spiced Ham with Citrus Glaze will make the perfect, delicious addition to your Easter dinner or brunch.
Grilled Spiced Ham with Citrus Glaze Recipe
Ham is such an easy meat to prepare. It basically just needs to be heated through and it is so versatile. The leftovers can be made into all kinds of fun things so I’m not sure why we don’t eat ham more often than just Easter!
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