If you will be cooking for a crowd this year and you have some patience, this grilled honey ham recipe is for you. Even a novice can prepare this meal in 15 minutes…it is the 12 hours of seasoning that may make you impatient. The ham looks so good that you will want to dive a fork into it before it is grilled. Resist the urge because the final product is fabulous!
- 1 bone-in, fully-cooked ham (12 to 14 pounds), shank-end preferred
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter
- ¾ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- Large baking sheet with edges
- Basting brush
- Small bowl
- Medium saucepan
- Plastic wrap
Step 1: Trim excess fat from the ham, leaving approximately ¼-inch. Score the fat on top of the ham with a sharp knife. Place ham on the baking sheet.
Step 2: In the small bowl, whisk the pepper, salt, brown sugar, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, and mustard powder. Reserve 1 tablespoon of this for the glaze. Use the remainder to season the ham.
Step 3: Put a piece of plastic wrap on top of the ham and refrigerate the ham for between 8 and 12 hours. Seasoning overnight allows the rub to penetrate the meat to provide a more robust flavor.
Step 4: Preheat the grill for indirect cooking at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 5: Put the baking sheet with the ham in it on top of the grill rack, positioning the flat side of the ham down on the baking sheet. Allow the ham to cook for 2 hours.
Step 6: In the saucepan, heat the vinegar, honey, thyme, butter, and reserved rub on a burner until the butter has melted. Stir together this glaze until it is smooth.
Step 7: Use the basting brush to coat the ham with glaze. Grill the ham for an additional 30 minutes, basting it with glaze every 10 minutes.
Step 8: Remove the ham from the grill and place it on a serving platter. Let the ham rest for 30 minutes before carving and serving.