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Easter may be over, but ham is here to stay. It’s the perfect meat to kick off barbecue season! Here are a few ideas to guide you in preparing this pièce de résistance.

Ham with bbq sauce

As spring rolls in, the smell of barbecue sauce instantly awakens our carnivore instincts. Thanks to its creamy texture and hint of spiciness, barbecue sauce is the ideal condiment to elevate your ham with. To create a perfect blend of flavours, concoct a marinade with maple syrup, ketchup, and soy sauce, and season with salt, pepper, paprika, and Cayenne pepper. Simply coat the ham with the mixture and cook on the barbecue.

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This ham is divine with a baby potato salad. Add celery, diced red onions, and a few slices of chopped bacon for a gourmet touch!

Cider-glazed ham

The fruity notes of cider will surely enhance the flavours of your ham. Simply mix three cups of cider with one cup of maple syrup, and coat your meat with the mixture. Season with salt and pepper before putting it on the grill.

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A refreshing coleslaw will pair nicely with this ham. Add some crunch to your salad with apple slices and toasted walnuts. Next, make a vinaigrette with maple syrup, cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard. This succulent dish is sure to steal the spotlight!

Ham with mango salsa

Exotic fruits and ham go hand in hand. Rather than preparing your meat with the traditional pineapple slices, dare to get off the beaten path and flavour it with mango! To make your marinade, place mango cubes, orange juice, melted butter, and a little brown sugar into the food processor. Coat the pre-dented ham with the salsa and let it marinate, covered, in the fridge, overnight.

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Want to keep it simple? Serve your meat with vegetables en papillote, cooked on the barbecue. Use whatever you have on hand—asparagus, quartered onions, diced peppers—and add fine herbs, a knob of butter, salt, and pepper.

Honey-glazed ham

This classic dish is a favourite, even after Easter. Simply mix honey, brown sugar, and prepared mustard, and coat the meat with it. Cover it with aluminum foil and cook on the barbecue.

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Traditional mashed potatoes are perfect for honey-glazed ham. You can also swap out half of your potatoes for sweet potatoes. What a feast!

Cooking ham on the bbq

There are many benefits to cooking on the barbecue. In addition to being easy to use, it also adds some smoky flavours to your meat. We recommend cooking your ham over medium heat, with the lid closed, for 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on the size of your ham, or until your ham is tender and juicy on the inside. It’s important to use indirect cooking and to baste the meat from time to time to prevent it from drying.

If you have any leftover ham, add it to your pasta, salad, sandwich, or quiche. Something for every day of the week!