Watermelon Ham

If it looks like a ham, smells like a ham, and even tastes like ham then it must be a ham right? WRONG, it might be a smoked watermelon! This unique dish is comprised of a brined watermelon being smoked for a few hours and then carved and eaten just as we might a pork ham. Sorry to all of you guys from Virginia, but this recipe might give ya a run for your money. Cheers!


  • 1 gallon basic brine (recipe provided at grillagrills.com)
  • 1/4 cup Grilla Grills All Purpose Rub
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 seven pound watermelon, rind completely removed


Place your trimmed watermelon, the rind should be completely off and the red “meat” of the melon should be completely exposed, into a glass bowl. Pour the brine over the watermelon and place in the refrigerator¬† for 4 days. After 4 days, remove the melon from the brine and place back into the frig, uncovered, for four hours. Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees. Rub the outside of the melon with olive oil and season with the A.P. rub, then smoke the melon for 2 hours. Remove the watermelon from the heat and score the it, with a paring knife, in a cross-hatched pattern, just as you would a ham; careful not to make the cuts any more than 1/4 inch deep! Place the watermelon back in the smoker for an additional 2 hours. Remove the watermelon from the smoker and increase the heat to 400 degrees. Return your “ham” to the smoker and cook for 30 minutes, or until caramelized completely, on the outside. Enjoy!

Grilla Grills
558 E. 64th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Email: grillmaster@grillagrills.com
Phone: 616-392-7410