This Jalapeno Pomegranate Glazed Ham is a much needed update on the traditional holiday ham. We can’t celebrate Christmas without a spiral cut ham, and this year I was determined to mix up the same old same old brown sugar glaze and go with something a little more punchy. This ham has personality! It’s got zip. Pizazz! Exactly what I was looking for, and man, is it good looking. The deep burgundy glaze coats the outside of this ham like candy and the powerful flavors seep into each slice.
I know if you hear jalapeno, you might be nervous to make this ham for the whole family (kids included). Totally understood. I’ve got 3 kids (8, 5, and 2) and every single one of them devoured their slice of ham without a single complaint of heat or it “tasting like peppers” which is basically a miracle. The glaze is infused with delicious jalapeno flavor but none of the heat because all of the jalapeno seeds and ribs have been removed before dicing. Now, if you are feeding grown ups that like a little extra spice, leave in the jalapeno seeds. Either way, the jalapeno flavor will be perfectly balanced by the tangy/sweet pomegranate and spices. This glaze will have you licking your fingers and your plate.
This jalapeno pomegranate glazed ham was slow roasted on my CampChef pellet grill for a little extra smoky flavor (almost all store bought hams are already cured and smoked), but this recipe is adaptable to whatever indirect grill you have. Just shoot for the same temperature listed in the recipe below and follow the rest of the steps. If you don’t feel like shoveling a path through the snow to your grill in December, this recipe also works in the oven.