By Mike Thayer
I'm a ham for Christmas dinner kind of guy, but it was just a party of one this year so I didn't need a big ham for my Christmas meal. Something less than 5 pounds did the trick, some ham for dinner and then the tasty leftovers to enjoy later.
I don't like to do a lot of carving either, I like low maintenance cuts of meat, so a boneless, spiral cut ham was on the shopping list.
Already smoke cured, I purchased an Appleton Farms spiral cut ham at Aldi for $9.39. Weighing in at slightly over 3 pounds, that's just $2.99 a pound and Appleton Farms throws in a brown sugar glaze. That's Bachelor on the Cheap friendly and the ham was delicious, a repeat buy!
I put my ham on the grill to enhance that smoke cure and the spiral cut really embraced that brown sugar glaze. Appleton Farms gets five out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars, it was the perfect main dish for Christmas!
Putting a spiral ham on the grill is easy peasy. Just put the ham, flat side down on a disposable aluminum pan (you may want to double up on the pans depending on the weight of the ham), pour some kind of juice over the ham. Orange, pineapple, apple, whatever, I like to use a sweet & sour mix myself. Grill over indirect heat, for about 20 minutes per pound of ham at around 275 - 300 degrees. Wait to glaze the ham until that last 20 minutes of cooking time, brushing the glaze in between each slice. Pull the ham from the grill and let it rest for about 10 minutes, tenting with aluminum foil. A spiral cut ham from the grill is another dose of YUM!
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