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Grilling a whole ham for Christmas

Day 2 of our Christmas Ham on the Grill series and we have a great recipe that grills up in a big way. According to a post over at, grill master Chris Schlesinger grilled a whole ham with the recipe below. The recipe below has been scaled down to half shank proportions. This recipe will take a day or more of prep time and between two and three hours of grilling time. It is not a simple recipe but it is not terribly complex either. I am sure all you grill masters have what it takes to make the Christmas ham.

For brining ham

  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 30 whole cloves
  • 4 whole nutmegs, cracked
  • 1 (8- to 10-lb) bone-in shank-end fresh ham, skinned and trimmed of all but a thin layer of fat

For spice rub

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons coriander se...
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Christmas Ham Texas Style

With Christmas coming up, I have visions of a succulent grilled ham dancing through my mind. As I am sure many of you grill masters out there have your favorite recipe for grilling a Christmas ham, I thought I would see if I could track one down. Not only did I track down this delicious recipe but I love the story that sets the mood for it. Just as grandma’s pies have a special flavor of their own this recipe has an added flavor infused by the story that accompanies it.

Texas Style Christmas Ham

KA Ranch Texas Style Christmas Ham

Here are the ingredients:
KA-Ranch Texas Family Ham

    1 (12-to 14-pound) pre-cooked ham of your choice
    1 cup honey
    1 cup brown sugar
    3/4 cup Garrison Brothers Texas bourbon
    3 tablespoons KA-Ranch jalapeño jam, or to taste
    1 teaspoon KA-Ranch habanero mustard or 2 teaspoons dry mustard
    1 te...
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