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How to Choose the Best Ham for Your Family


Ham is the go-to centerpiece for holidays and celebrations in the U.S. and for good reason. It’s delicious, easy to prepare, and makes a great impression at the family dinner table.

There is evidence that salt-cured hams originated during the Chinese Tang Dynasty well over 1,000 years ago. Ham as a centerpiece dates as far back as paganism and today millions of pounds of ham are consumed during the holidays in the U.S. There’s no denying Americans love ham and now you can enjoy ham in more flavors than ever.

There are several varieties in addition to the traditional glazed ham and you can find a flavor your family will love with our ham guide. Whether you prefer sweet, salty or savory ham, we have the perfect ham for your celebration.

Choose Your Ham Flavor

Sweet Ham

A sweet ham is the most common holiday ham known for its delicious sweet glaze. The fully cooked Omaha Steaks spiral sliced ham has an amazing and unique torch-glazed brown sugar crust that adds sweet flavor and an enticing crunch.  It’s bone-in, pre-glazed, and pre-sliced for an easy and traditional ham dinner. Just heat and serve for a sweet, city ham.

Smoky Ham

If you prefer a mellow-sweet, lightly smoky flavor, try our boneless Pecanwood smoked flank ham. Smoked with real pecanwood chips for up to 8 hours, this whole-muscle flank ham has rich marbling and bold flavor. The all-natural artisan shape of this flank ham makes it easy to cut against the grain for maximum tenderness. If you like smoky, bold flavors, the Pecanwood smoked flank ham is for you.

Savory Ham

The Duroc boneless country ham is a common ham in the South. Our fully-cooked, boneless, whole-muscle country ham is dry-cured to perfection with water, salt, and sugar. The ham is smoked in real hickory smoke for up to 8 hours for an extra-savory and incredible flavor.

Choose the Right Size Ham

Plan on servings 8 ounces of ham per person. If you want leftovers for sandwiches or soups, make sure to order more than you need for the dinner. If you are hosting a large holiday dinner, you may need to order two hams to serve everyone.

Whether your family loves sweet, smoky or savory, we have a ham to meet your needs. Make your next family dinner or gathering easy with our fully-cooked hams and easy side dishes. The perfect ham dinner has never been more delicious or simpler.

Choose the best ham for your family with our infographic below.

How to Choose the Best Ham for Your Family

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2019 and has been updated for freshness and comprehensiveness.

How to Choose the Best Ham for Your Family

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As America’s Original Butcher, we love ham. And we’re proud to bring three mouthwatering, premium ham varieties to your table – smoky, savory, or sweet. You’ll love it. Guaranteed. 

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