Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham Review

Everything you need to know about the Costco Spiral Ham – including cooking instructions!

The Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham.
Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham

My family does not always make a turkey for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter; a lot of the time my mom makes ham because it’s easier. We regularly have the Costco Kirkland Spiral Sliced Ham.

The Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham, glaze packet and instruction booklet.
Everything you get in the bag with the Spiral Sliced Ham.

I honestly despised ham until I tried the Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham. Other hams I’ve tried are fatty and greasy while being way too salty but not the spiral sliced ham from Costco.

This isn’t available all year round at Costco but is usually available around the holidays like Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas.

The Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham plated for Easter dinner.
My Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham served for Easter dinner!

Location in Store

You can find the ham either in the refrigerated deli section by the sausages at Costco or the cooler section with the meat, it depends on your store. The item number is 13689.

The Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham sliced on a serving plate.
My Spiral Sliced Ham cut up and ready to be served.


The Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham is hands down the best ham I’ve had. Sean (my husband) usually isn’t a fan of ham, but always goes back for seconds when we have this. The ham is lean without much fat and has a nice subtle smoked hickory flavor.

The finished Spiral Sliced Ham - cooked and glazed.
The finished Spiral Sliced Ham – cooked and glazed.

My favorite part about the Costco ham is that it comes with a sweet glaze that you brush on when it’s almost done. This makes the outside of the ham sweet and slightly crispy.

The Spiral Sliced Ham ready to be covered with aluminum foil and cooked.
The Spiral Sliced Ham ready to be covered with aluminum foil and cooked.

The ham is very flavorful. You can definitely taste the salt, which is common with ham, so get your glasses of water ready and maybe put a tad bit less salt in your side dishes. Compared to other ham I’ve had, the Spiral Sliced Ham from Costco actually tastes less salty, which is another reason why I like it.


The best before date on the ham is about two months from the date we purchased the ham, so that means you can purchase it well before you plan to cook it and just keep it in the refrigerator until you cook it. Once you do cook it though, the packaging recommends consuming the ham within three to five days.

We use a food saver and freeze our leftovers. The ham comes in a mesh bag with an instruction booklet and glaze packet.

The Spiral Sliced Ham sealed in its plastic wrapper.
Underneath the red cover, the Spiral Sliced Ham comes wrapped in plastic.

There’s a split pea soup recipe that comes with the instruction booklet. We’ve made the recipe before, and I highly recommend it! It’s delicious.

There are many things you can do with the leftover Costco ham, including making the split pea soup, ham a la king, using it for breakfast sandwiches and putting it in eggs (in an omelet or frittata). We get multiple additional meals from one ham.

The recipe section of the booklet that comes with the Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham.
There are some great ideas for sauces and glazes in the booklet that comes with the ham, plus the delicious split pea soup recipe!

The best part about this ham is that about half of it is already partly sliced so it’s very easy to serve nice even-sized pieces to your guests. It does take a little work to cut up the rest of the ham for leftovers but overall this is probably one of the easiest options for cooking a large amount of meat for multiple guests on a special occasion.

Cooking instructions for the Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham.
The booklet that comes with the ham also includes detailed cooking instructions.

Cooking Instructions

I go over the cooking instructions and show myself preparing the ham in my video review, so you can watch that video on this page or click here to watch it on YouTube if you’d prefer to watch a video rather than reading through the cooking instructions.

To make the ham, you preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit, unwrap your ham and place it in a shallow baking dish with the flat side down and the round side up. Next, cover the ham tightly with aluminum foil. Then you cook the ham for 12-15 minutes per pound. Cooking the ham should take about two hours total, but it depends how big your ham is.

To make the glaze, you combine the glaze package with 45 mL of water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once your ham has been in the oven for about two hours, remove your ham and pour the glaze over top and brush it in between the slices as well.

The glaze mix that comes with the Spiral Sliced Ham in a saucepan.
The glaze mix for the Spiral Sliced Ham comes as a powder that you mix with water.

Once your Costco ham is glazed, turn your oven up to 425 degrees Farenheit and put your ham back in the oven uncovered for eight to 10 minutes, then let the ham sit out of the oven for about 10 minutes before serving.

Additional cooking instructions for the Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham.
The ham can be cooked with or without the glaze.


The price is really reasonable for the Costco ham. The price does fluctuate and is based on weight (it’s $6.99 per kg). We paid $34.98 for the ham we bought.

This ham fed the four of us for Easter with a ton of leftovers.

Nutrition facts for the Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham.
Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham nutrition facts.



Nutritionally, this is high in fat and salt. A 100-gram serving is close to 200 calories, 10 grams of fat, eight grams of carbohydrates, zero grams of fibre, two grams of sugar and 16 grams of protein.

A 100-gram serving contains 950 mg of sodium, which is almost 40% percent of your daily recommended sodium intake. Generally, individuals do not eat tons and tons of ham day in and out and this is something usually served for a special occasion, so this probably isn’t the end of the world. Moderation is key, and make sure to drink lots of water!

The ingredients list for the Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham.
Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham ingredients.


The ingredients list has ingredients you’d expect to see in a ham. Pork, water, sugar, salt and preservatives! The glaze is mainly sugar, and you can tell that from the taste.


Taste: 8.5/10

Cost: 8.5/10

Convenience: 6/10

Nutrition: 3/10


Must buy!

Overall, this ham from Costco tastes so much better than other hams I have tasted. It’s not fatty, the flavor is delicious and the cost is very reasonable. Nutritionally, definitely not the healthiest item you could serve. I would 100% buy this again and enjoy it for the holidays or other special occasions.

If you’ve tried the Costco Spiral Sliced Ham, what did you think?

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43 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham Review”

  1. We had this ham for Christmas dinner. We have enjoyed it at past meals but this time it seemed to be overwhelmingly salty. I wonder if they have changed the process?

  2. I purchased a Kirkland spiral ham during Thanksgiving and placed it in the freezer. I am using it for Christmas. Is it safe to use after I thawed it in water?

  3. Greetings the ham it is good, the problem trying to get the instructions attached the whole paper inside came apart did not use plastic to preserve the plastic, I research it online. It needs attention or leave off the bag separate with the glaze will be better

  4. I love the questions and, better, the answers!
    The ham arrived frozen today. it is 8 lbs. I have put it in the refrigerator to begin thawing. My thought is that I will use the cold water method to complete the thawing in three days time.

    Then bake it with the instructions you have offered above. Anything else? Advice on the water bath?

  5. Why won’t my ham reach the required 145 degrees?!!! Oven temp is 275 but I always end up bumping up the temp 3 hrs in because the ham is no where near 145 degrees! Going on 4hrs here and it’s only at 116 degrees.

  6. No, it doesn’t smell bad at all. It smells strongly of applewood smoke.

    We ordered it to be delivered with our groceries, so there’s no telling how long it was out of the refrigerators. It was placed in our fridge immediately after delivery. The packaging was still vacuum sealed.

    I’ve just never seen ham juices thick and goopy like this before. What would cause that? We’re checking our refrigerator temperature right now, just in case that might be the problem.

    Thank you so much in advance for your advice. And Happy Thanksgiving to you (all)!

  7. We bought a spiral sliced ham and refrigerated it. The best by date is December 17. When we took it out of the packaging today, the juice was goopy, similar to the consistency of egg whites. Is it safe to eat, and what causes that?

  8. Did Costco change the ingredients in the glaze that comes with the ham. It used to be sweeter. These last two years my ham tasted different. I like it sweeter. Do you know what ingredient to add to the glaze to make it sweeter. Is the other Kirkland ham in the gold package sweeter? I always have brought the red package. I’m curious why the taste is different. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  9. Cindy- I took Kirkland ham out of refrigerator! The plastic wrap is ballooned up…..the use by date is 11/29/21….. is it okay to heat and serve???

  10. I bought a spiral ham 2-3 weeks ago at Costco. I didn’t realize I had to freeze it. Can I still bake it for Thanksgiving if it’s unopen…

  11. I love a spiral ham but my husband says it’s always dry. I didn’t realize you cook it for that long. Has your ham been dry too. How to keep moist. Love this site very informative

  12. Hello,

    I bough the ham today, November 14th for Thanksgiving celebration. I place it in the refrigerator but I need to make sure it does not need to be kept frozen until Thanksgiving. Please kindly confirm as I have read different reviews on line, but I really like your webpage. Also, once it is cooked, how long can I keep it in the refrigerator?

    Thank you in advance and Happy Holidays!

  13. If you only have a couple of people they have little small pieces of ham that look like a hunk of brisket and they are excellent! They are usually under $20.
    The Turkey breast roasts are also practical for families of four or so. It works really well for husband and I and two deliriously happy dogs. He debones it, wraps it in bacon and smokes it.

    • Unfortunately I’m not sure! The ingredients list on the packet that the glaze comes in just says sugar, brown sugar, honey and spices. I guess it must be a secret! The booklet that comes with the ham includes a few different glaze recipes too.


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