Another Thanksgiving, Another Spiral Cut Ham on the Grill…

We had one of those late November Santa Anna conditions roll in just in time for Thanksgiving.  Probably had the warmest Thanksgiving Day we have experienced here around the old Pondee – I KNOW it was hotter than the “official” 91 degrees for our area.

Won’t be going into a lot of detail with this post – did a pretty full one about 4 years or so ago here:

That old post gives a better explanation/procedure – but the principles of using indirect heat are the same regardless of what you are baking on a grill.

This time, I simply used an aluminum insert for my 14″ Dutch Oven as a cooking pan with a “dome” of aluminum foil, reinforced with a very old stainless steel cooking tray to keep the bottom from folding due to the weight when I removed it from the grill later on..  They say to heat these at 350°F for 10-14 minutes per pound.  Ours was never frozen, so starting at refrigerator temperature, I calculated about 80 minutes on the grill before removing the dome, then another 20 or so after basting.  The end result was pretty good!

Had the left burner on full – then one next to it on low for about 10 minutes – then shut that 2nd burner down and left the other on full to sustain the baking temperature.  Throughout the next 80 minutes the hood thermometer read 400°F but I figure it was 325-350°F under that dome.

Late in the process, removed foil "dome", basted heck out of the ham, then used toothpicks to place pineapple rings everyplace I could.

Late in the process, removed foil “dome”, basted heck out of the ham, then used toothpicks to place pineapple rings everyplace I could.

After the ham was done, wrapped tightly in foil until Heidi was ready for me to start plating it up.

After the ham was done, wrapped tightly in foil until Heidi was ready for me to start plating it up.

It stayed pretty juicy in my opinion - and of course there will be tons of leftovers!

It stayed pretty juicy in my opinion – and of course there will be tons of leftovers!

Ma is ready!  Her presence at our table is reason enough alone for Heidi and I to be incredibly thankful in 2014!

Ma is ready! Hard to believe Heidi’s Mom is 89. Her presence at our table is reason enough alone for Heidi and I to be incredibly thankful in 2014!

Now we will be hoping all of our friends and family can enjoy a wonderful Christmas in 2014.  You can bet we will do our best to enjoy every moment!

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