glazing a grilled ham

Grilled Spiral Ham with Fig Bourbon Glaze

For the perfect crust, full of flavor, baste your grilled spiral ham with this sweet, bourbon-based glaze. It’ll be a house favorite.

This dish was created for SABER Grills by Colleen Kennedy of Souffle Bombay. Bon appétit!

Quite often, when you find yourself cooking a turkey or a ham, it means the holidays are near or you are hosting a large group. This Bourbon Fig Glazed Grilled Spiral Ham is one way to give yourself extra space in your oven and, in my opinion, enhance the flavor of the ham.

Everyone loves the crispy edges of ham right? Your grill outperforms your oven in that area for sure!  Get the perfect crust by simply, firing up your grill!  By adding a simple glaze helps add flavor and creates a gorgeous and delicious crust.

For this recipe I used a simple Bourbon Fig Glaze. Just a few ingredients yields a luscious glaze that adds that something special yet not overwhelming to your ham,

Using your grill is smart when it comes to ham, no matter the cut. All you really do to ham is heat it through. The trick is to make sure you don’t dry it out, which is where a glaze comes in. This Bourbon Fig Glazed Grilled Spiral Ham does not disappoint!

glazing a grilled ham

I always make sure I buy a big enough ham for leftovers…After all leftover ham and turkey for that matter is the best! I made this Chicken Cordon Blue Panini with the leftovers. Yum! However my husband is happy with straight up ham for days…. He thinks a quality ham is one of the greatest joys in life, right next to lobster, his favorite hockey team and his family! If he knows a spiral ham is in his future, he’s like a kid the day before Christmas. If he knows leftover ham is in the fridge, he makes a b-line to it upon arrival when he gets home from work as well as a few other times throughout the night!

chicken cordon blue panini

The next time you want to buy a ham, plan on using your grill and make this Bourbon Fig Glazed Grilled Spiral Ham. You may just decide that the grill is the place to cook a ham from then on!

We would love to know what your favorite non-traditional food to cook on your grill is…Surprise us!


  • Spiral Ham (or your favorite type of ham)
  • 8 oz fig jam
  • 3 Tablespoons coarse grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Bourbon
  • ¾ cup of water


  • Make glaze by combining all glaze ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk until emulsified.
  • Heat on medium and allow the glaze to simmer for 3-5 minutes, whisking often.
  • Allow glaze to cool, set aside until using. The glaze can be made a day or two in advance.
  • Pre-heat your grill to med-high. When ready, place your ham directly onto the grate of your grill and cook for 5 minutes, then continue cooking the ham over indirect heat. (Turning off the burner(s) directly beneath it.)
  • Apply glaze every 15 minutes until your ham is heated through and the crust is crisp.
  • Cook time will vary based on the size/weight of your ham. Anywhere between 30-45 minutes should do it. If your ham begins to char a bit, simply cover parts of it with foil.
  • Allow ham to stand for 10 minutes, then serve.

grilled spiral ham with fig bourbon glaze

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