Grilled Ham Steak with Blackberry Ancho Chile Glaze

July 23, 2018

My Grilled Ham Steak recipe with a Blackberry Ancho Chile Glaze is a great way to prepare a quick and easy meal that is loaded with flavor. This post is sponsored by Smithfield.

Grilled Ham Steak

Grilled Ham Steaks

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year. We have a standing tradition of family dinner on the patio, followed by slow evenings on the front porch watching our kiddos ride bikes and play basketball in the driveway. I know how hectic things can be in the summer with camps, lessons, travel, and reunions, so this dinner time ritual is that one part of our day where we set it all aside and just hang out together.

Grilled Ham Steaks

Since the days can be busy, I’m always looking for quick meals in under 30 minutes that I can get on the grill and onto the plate. As a rule, they’ve also got to pack a punch of delicious flavor. For this recipe, I used Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham Steaks. You get all of that awesome Smithfield ham flavor without having to cook a whole ham. With the thicker slices, it works perfectly as an entree and cooks in just minutes.

The blackberry ancho chile sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and heat (very mild, my kids loved it). I feel like it is the perfect summer sauce, especially at our house where we grow our own blackberries. The kids love getting involved and picking the berries for our meal! I found the dried ancho chiles at my regular grocery store on the International/Hispanic food aisle, they are simply dried poblano peppers. Perfect for adding a nice smoky warmth and body to the sauce.

Grilled Ham Steak Recipe

My favorite part about this grilled ham steak recipe is having that sauce slathered all over and grilled just long enough to make everything caramelized and absolutely gorgeous. This is a summer meal you’ll come back to over and over again. We served our ham steaks with simple grilled corn and green beans tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and a side of fresh blackberries, of course.

Grilled Ham Steak Recipe

grilled ham steak

Grilled Ham Steaks with Ancho Chile Glaze

Prep Time : 20 mins
Cook Time : 6 mins
Total Time : 26 mins
Servings : 4 people


  • 4 Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham Steak
  • 3 oz whole blackberries (optional garnish)

Blackberry Ancho Glaze

  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 dried ancho chile
  • 1/2 medium onion (quartered)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 oz whole blackberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients for the glaze. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the stem and seeds from the rehydrated ancho chile. Pour all sauce ingredients into a blender (including the seeded pepper) and blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Return the sauce to the pan and keep on low heat, stirring occasionally for 5 more minutes.
  • Preheat your grill to High heat. Remove the Smithfield Anytime Ham Steaks from their packaging and brush lightly on both sides with the blackberry ancho glaze.
  • Place the ham steaks on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, brushing with additional glaze as desired. Cook until the internal temperature of your ham steaks reaches at least 145 degrees F.
  • Serve immediately with fresh blackberries, if desired, and additional sauce on the side. 
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