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Roasted Fresh Ham with Mustard Sauce

Roasted Fresh Ham with Mustard Sauce

By Traeger Grills

Everyone thinks "ham" means smoked, but it's actually a cut. This year try roasting a fresh ham (meaning raw, uncured and unsmoked) for the holidays—or a special Sunday supper. The cut, hailing from the hind leg of a pig, is not always easy to find fresh (also called green), so you may need to ask your butcher to order it. But its flavor, rich and porky, is worth the effort. And because you’re cooking it on the Traeger, this fresh ham will get a slight smoky flavor, too. The skin and meat taste best if salted a day or two before cooking, so plan ahead.

Prep Time

20 Min

Cook Time

3 Hr




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
1 1 half raw fresh ham (meaning not cured or smoked; also called a green ham), butt or shank end (about 10 lb)
2 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Cup apple juice
2 Tablespoon maple syrup
2 Tablespoon bourbon or more apple juice
Mustard Sauce
Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup dry mustard
2 Teaspoon kosher salt
1 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 Cup apple cider vinegar
2 Cup heavy cream
4 egg yolks, beaten


  • 1

    The day before you plan to roast the ham: Using a very sharp knife, cut through the skin and fat (or just through the fat) in a horizontal or diamond pattern; avoid cutting the meat. Combine the 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper, then sprinkle and rub it all over the pork massaging it into the crevices. Set a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet, place the ham on the rack, and refrigerate uncovered for at least 24 hours and up to 2 days.

  • 2

    About 1 hour before you plan to start cooking let the ham sit at room temperature.

  • 3

    When ready to cook, preheat the Traeger to 450°F; this will take at least 15 minutes.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C

  • 4

    Insert a leave-in meat thermometer into the meaty part of the fresh ham avoiding bone. Place the ham directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and roast for 30 minutes.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 5

    Meanwhile, make the mop: Combine the apple juice, maple syrup, and bourbon.

  • 6

    After 30 minutes at 450°F. reduce the heat to 300°F and cook, basting or spritzing the ham with the apple-maple mixture about every 30 minutes or so until the fresh ham has reached an internal temperature of 140°F. This will take 2 ½ to 3 hours depending on the size of your roast, the weather, and your grill model.

    300 ˚F / 149 ˚C

    140 ˚F / 60 ˚C

  • 7

    Toward the end of cooking, make the mustard sauce: In a medium saucepan over low heat on the Traeger Induction cooktop or the stove, whisk together the brown sugar, dry mustard, salt, and pepper, breaking up any lumps. Add the vinegar and whisk well to combine. Add the heavy cream and egg yolks and whisk to incorporate. Cook, stirring constantly and lowering the heat as necessary, until the sauce is thick and smooth. Keep warm until ready to serve.

  • 8

    When the ham is done, transfer it to a cutting board, preferably one with a trough to catch any juices, tent it with foil, and let it rest for 30 minutes during which its internal temperature will continue to rise.

  • 9

    To carve the ham, use a carving fork to locate any bones, then, avoiding bone, cut off large chunks of boneless meat. Slice the meat thinly across the grain. (Reserve any bones to use in soup.) Serve the roast ham warm and pass the mustard sauce. Enjoy!

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