Grilled Easter Ham Dinner Sheltered Style

The Easter weekend is here, and a grilled Easter ham is an awesome menu item to serve your family. It’s also a griller’s dream that requires minimal effort but truly impresses the family who are probably getting tired of seeing you every day now that we are all sheltered in place together. It is your call if you grill the ham on Sunday or Saturday. Either way, the ham is tremendous, and we also have a recipe for the Easter ham leftovers!

A Shelter-In-Place Easter Grilled Ham Dinner

Ingredients & Equipment

  • 1 ham (butt or shank portion)
  • 1 can of pineapple slices (reserve the juice)
  • Cloves (optional)
  • Mustard (optional)
  • Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • 6 ounces 7-Up or Sprite lemon-lime soda
  • Wood Toothpicks

There are many brands of hams on the market. Two of our favorites are Sugardale and Cook’s hams. First up, take the ham out of the wrapper. Using a sharp knife, cut ½-inch deep crisscrossing slices across the top of the ham.

As an optional step after scoring the meat, squirt some of the mustard and rub it all over the ham. Also, optional depending on your taste, take the cloves and place one in each crossing intersection of the slits on top of the ham. Your call on the cloves and mustard.

Season the ham with the Lawry’s and pepper. Sprinkle the brown sugar across the top and front of the ham. Take the pineapple slices and secure them to the top and front of the ham with the toothpicks. Drizzle honey across the top of the ham and add more brown sugar. Pour the reserved pineapple juice into a large cup; add in two tablespoons of honey and brown sugar. Mix well, then add in the lemon-lime soda. This will make a delicious drizzle for the ham as it cooks.

Grill Time

Grill the ham indirectly using around 20-25 charcoal briquettes on one side of your grill. After your charcoal is ready, place the ham on the opposite side of your grill with the lid vent directly above the ham. The ham should take around 2-2.5 hours to be warmed thoroughly. Every 20-30 minutes take your reserved liquid and drizzle it over the top and front of the ham. This will help keep the exterior moist.

After 2-2.5 hours, remove the ham from the grill and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes. Carve up the ham into slices and place it on a large serving platter. If you have any drizzle left sprinkle it across the platter carefully. Serve the ham along with your favorite side dishes and dig in.

Photo by Bryan Oakley

If you are grilling the day before place the ham slices into a sturdy foil pan and cover with foil. Take any extra drizzle and pour that in with the ham. On Easter Sunday take the foil pan and place it in your oven an hour before serving time. Set the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit to warm the ham for serving. The ham will retain the incredible grilled flavor and the extra drizzle will steam the ham a bit keeping it moist.

Easter Weekend Leftover Ham

Since you are serving your Easter meal to your sheltered family and no extended family this year, there will definitely be some ham leftover. Here’s the perfect way to incorporate the leftover ham into a great breakfast. It involves some chopping, a little sauté time, and in the end, you will have a breakfast masterpiece.

Easter Ham Skillet

  • ham chopped into cubes
  • 3-4 large potatoes chopped into cubes
  • Your favorite add-ins chopped into cubes: onions, red/green peppers, mushrooms
  • 6-8 jumbo eggs
  • your favorite shredded cheese
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • salsa or hot sauce to taste

Get a large skillet and drizzle it with olive oil. Place the potatoes and any of your “add-ins” into the skillet on medium heat. Add in half of the butter and your seasonings. Sauté the mixture until the potatoes are almost done. Add in the chopped ham and sauté for another five minutes. Add in the salsa or hot sauce at this point if you choose.

While the ham is getting warm in the skillet take the 6-8 jumbo eggs and scramble them up in a bowl. Take another skillet and warm it on medium heat with the remaining butter. Once the butter is melted add in the eggs and seasonings. Cook the eggs through until they are done breaking them up as they cook.

Once the scrambled eggs are ready spread them onto the ham skillet then add the shredded cheese on top. Turn off your burner and allow the skillet to rest and the cheese to melt. Serve up your ham skillet with toast or English muffins. This will probably be the best breakfast served so far during the sheltered at home experience and your family should enjoy it!

Photo by Bryan Oakley

If you’re wondering what to do with the ham bone, check out this delicious recipe for making beans made using the ham bone. Enjoy!

Surviving The Shelter Together

These two recipes using delicious grilled Easter ham will make your sheltered family so happy they may actually smile a few times when they see you next week. With a few more weeks sheltered in place coming up, you may want to plan 2-3 meals a week to keep the residents happy.  Stay safe and stay healthy everybody!

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