Improve Your Easter Ham

Serving ham for Easter is something we look forward to every year. The aroma of it cooking throughout the day brings back pleasant memories of holidays spent with grandparents, standing on stepping stools to help prepare the feast.

Kirkland Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham (#5986) is a holiday favorite for Alison’s Pantry customers. This product is fully cooked, hardwood smoked, honey-cured, and packed in its own natural juices. So, all you have to do is heat and serve- there’s even a glaze packet included for easy prep! But, believe it or not, we have a few tricks up our sleeves for improving your Easter ham.

spiral ham

Easy Heating Methods

Since this item is fully cooked, it just needs to be heated through. We suggest thawing the ham in the fridge at least a day before you’re wanting to serve it for best results (and quicker heating).

There are a few different heating methods:

  1. Line a Crock Pot with a PanSaver Slow Cooker Liner (#1089). Add glaze, and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 140F.
  2. Place the ham in a Choice Half Size Foil Deep Steam Table Pan (#2391), add the glaze, and cover with Kirkland Foodservice Foil (#1963). Bake for about 2 1/2 hours at 425F, covered for half the time, or until the internal temperature reaches 140F.
  3. Preheat smoker to 225F. Place the ham in a Choice Half Size Foil Deep Steam Table Pan (#2391), add the glaze and cover with Kirkland Foodservice Foil (#1963). Smoke for 2 hours. Then, change the temperature to 400 for 30 minutes, or until the glaze is caramelized and the internal temperature reaches 140F.

Improve Your Easter Ham

  1. Make your own glaze. There’s nothing wrong with using the glaze packet that is provided but making your own glaze really elevates the flavor. See below for our go-to glaze recipe.
  2. Spread the glaze all over the ham, including between each spiraled layer, so each bite is full of flavor.
  3. For even more flavor, stuff fresh orange and/or pineapple slices between the spiraled layers.
  4. If you’re baking or smoking your ham, baste the juices back onto the ham throughout cook time for extra flavor.
  5. Once the ham is heated through, broil for a few minutes to caramelize the glaze.

Our go-to Ham Glaze



  1. Add all the ingredients to a pan.
  2. Heat until the butter is melted and sugar is dissolved, then use a basting brush to spread over the ham before cooking.
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