The Best Hams
D’Artagnan Cured Heritage
Everything you want in a ham: Salty sweet, with just a touch of applewood smoke, this firm, juicy pick comes from pigs fed a healthy vegetarian diet.
To buy: $112 for a bone-in whole ham (14 to 16 pounds), dartagnan.com.
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Holiday Ham Honey Glazed
Talk about low-maintenance. The lip-smacking caramelized-honey crust on this winner is baked right on. And the ham is spiral-sliced, so carving is a snap.
To buy: $72 to $90 for a bone-in half ham (7 to 10 pounds), shipping included, holidayham.com.
Target Archer Farms Spiral Sliced Honey
Traditionally cured and a bargain to boot, this classic has a delicious campfire smokiness. Bonus points for the clove-scented mix-it-yourself glaze.
To buy: $14 to $18 for a bone-in half ham (7 to 9 pounds), select Target stores.
Best Country Ham
Edwards Cooked Virginia
Serve this beauty—think American prosciutto—shaved thin with buttery biscuits. Or pair it with mustard and pickled vegetables for a southern charcuterie platter.
To buy: $116 for a bone-in whole ham (11 to 12 pounds), virginiatraditions.com.
Learn more about country ham here.
Meacham Hams Smoked Pepper
Redolent of hickory and slathered with brown sugar and cracked black pepper, this zippy ham begs to be served with creamy sides (from mac and cheese to green bean casserole).
To buy: $55 for a bone-in half ham (7½ to 8½ pounds), meachamhams.com.
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