Thanksgiving is about gratitude, spending time with loved ones, watching football, and enjoying delicious food. A traditional roasted turkey is the focus at most American dinners, but there are plenty of other options to serve as your main dish instead of turkey. And here at Tennessee Thermal we would like to share a few of our favorite Ham alternatives to the traditional roasted turkey. If turkey is not your family’s favorite or you just want more options for guests be sure to try one of the Ham options listed below.

Bone-In Ham

The traditional bone-in ham provides maximum flavor and classic presentation. Not only does meat on the bone typically cook slower than boneless meat, it also can cook more evenly since the bone conducts heat. Also, the bone release gelatin, which adds rich flavors into the ham. Most importantly, as any serious home cook can testify, the ham bone produces an excellent broth that can be used to make soup or beans. Making the bone-in ham a holiday favorite.

Spiral Cut Ham

A spiral-sliced ham may be the best type of ham for those who are not fond of the task of carving. The smoked ham is placed on a spit and rotated against a blade while moving lengthwise so it’s sliced in a spiral, right to the bone. It is nearly impossible to spiral cut a ham at home; but once you have one, its hare to go back. With a spiral ham all you must do is cut along the bone, and perfect ready-to-eat slices fall right off! Plus, if you have a glazed ham or “honey ham”, the spiral slicing makes it easy for some of that sweet, delicious honey glaze flavor to soak into the ham. Spiral cut hams are easy to serve, have a delicious, and cook relatively quickly.


While a spiral-sliced ham is about as convenient as it gets, a boneless ham gives you perfect slices and a mouthwatering flavor. You can carve off a perfect ham steak in seconds, but it won’t have the distinctive center bone many people love. Many boneless hams come in spiral-sliced for maximum convenience and glaze penetration, producing the best of both worlds. Boneless ham is the best ham option for Thanksgiving, because it’s so easy to serve, it's perfect for sandwiches, and are loaded with delicious mouthwatering flavor!

We wanted to take a moment to share a few of our favorite Thanksgiving hams to try this holiday. And if you’ve been thinking about updating your home before the holiday season give us a call here at Tennessee Thermal. We’re the company you can trust, and we’ve been helping homeowners with their home improvement projects since 1995. Give us a call today at 650-727-9041 for a free quote on your home improvement needs.