How to Cook Ham on the Grill

Cooking a ham on the grill provides you with a truly delicious meat that you can proudly serve with any meal of the day. It is important, however, to choose the right grilling method and make certain preparations to get desired results. Unlike other cuts of meat, ham must be cut and prepared properly and accordingly for the type of grilling method you are planning on using. For whole and half ham shanks you will want to use an indirect grilling method which is done by placing the meat away from the heat source of the grill.

To properly grill using the direct grilling method you will need to allow your grill to heat up for approximately 10 to 15 minutes before placing the meat on the rack. This will help the heat to build up and cause the natural juices of the ham to sear into the meat quickly. The meat itself should be coated with oil or marinated to help with the searing process. You should also coat your grill rack with a small amount of oil to prevent your meat from sticking. For sliced ham, ham pieces and ham steaks you will find that using a direct grilling method will help to lock in the juices.

When cooking whole or half ham shanks, the indirect grilling method will allow for a more thorough cooking. This does take longer but leaves a crispy, outer surface on the meat and a juicy, succulent center that will keep your guests asking for more. For proper indirect grilling when using a briquette style grill, gather your coals to one side of the grill. You will then place the ham over the side of the grill that does not have the coals. You can also choose to form a ring around the outer edge of a kettle style grill with the coals and place the ham in the center where there are no coals for a more even cooking style. When using a gas or electric style grill only turn on one burner and place the ham over an area where the burner is turned off.

Flavorful Tips for Award Winning Grilled Ham

Ham is one of the most one of the fastest cooking meats when it comes to grilling. It is also one of the most flavorful selections that can be made when selecting a meat variety to grill. This is due to the fact that most ham is smoked prior to purchasing it and the grill helps to bring out that rich smoked taste. There are some things you can do to create different variations of the ham’s flavor when grilling to compliment every palate. Here are some tips for creating award winning grilled ham dishes.

For a sweeter flavor you can create a marinating sauce by dissolving 2 tablespoons of brown sugar into a cup of pineapple juice. Soak the ham cuts in the marinating mixture for at least thirty minutes. Place the meat cuts on your grill and cook for approximately 6 to 10 minutes depending on the temperature of your grill. For some color you can add some grilled pineapple slices to the dish for a dish that would compliment any luau.
For a more robust flavor you can create a marinating sauce by mixing 2/3 cup of water, 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 chopped heat of garlic, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 tablespoons minced onions, 1 tablespoon whiskey, 1 tablespoon crushed pineapple ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper and ¼ cup teriyaki sauce in a sauce pan. Cook this mixture over a medium heat until it is like a syrupy consistency. There should be only half of the amount left than what you started with. Marinate your ham in this mixture overnight in a covered dish to get the best flavor. For a quicker result you can also brush this sauce onto your ham cuts for a milder glazed result. This is great served as a kabob with fresh grilled cherry tomatoes, onions and peppers.

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