Hawaiian Grilled Shish Kabobs with Ham

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Grilled Shish Kabobs are the perfect portable meal, and nothing beats this ham and pineapple recipe! Hawaiian shish kabobs feature skewered ham, pineapple, and veggies brushed with a glorious, sweet and tangy sauce.

titled: Grilled Hawaiian Ham Kabobs


Grilled Shish Kabobs

Grilled until perfectly smoky and delicious, these ham kabobs are so good that you’ll be going back for more!

ingredients for grilled hawaiian ham kabobs

You can also make this ham and pineapple recipe perfect for breakfast. How? Hashbrown tater tots, of course!

I like to add one to each end of the skewer so they cook up to crispy perfection, but you could easily leave them off for a more classic take on this dish.

Be sure to try more of my easy grilled skewer recipes like Bourbon BBQ Chicken or Ranch Chicken with Bacon.

There’s even another version of these Hawaiian shish kabobs made with beef!

glaze for ham kabobs

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Ham – Use fully cooked steaks for this ham and pineapple recipe.

    If the pork is raw, it won’t have enough time to cook through before the other ingredients start to burn.
  • Pineapple – I used freshly cut pineapple chunks, but feel free to use canned or frozen (and thawed) if needed.
  • Veggies – Red and green bell pepper, plus a crisp red onion, add color and flavor to these grilled shish kabobs. Zucchini would be a tasty addition too!
  • Tater Tot Rounds – Also known as hashbrown tots, I like to add these when making this recipe for breakfast. Feel free to leave them off if you prefer.
ingredients on skewers

Tips for Making Grilled Ham Kabobs

  • Soak wooden skewers. There’s nothing worse than watching your grilled ham go up in flames!

    Soaking skewers in water for at least 30 minutes ensures they won’t catch fire.

    You could also use metal skewers, which are also reusable. They’re usually too hot to eat from, though, so I recommend sliding everything off once cooked.
  • Cut everything the same size. Not only will everything cook evenly this way, but it will be easier to fit a few different ingredients into your mouth at once.
  • Reduce the sauce. If you’re short on time, feel free to brush the glaze on right after mixing and throughout the cooking process.

    However, it will coat the grilled shish kabobs so much better if you give it a chance to thicken first!
brushing glaze on ham kabobs

Serving Suggestions

It’s not a true Hawaiian feast without a side of mac salad! Steamed rice will round out your plate and soak up that delicious glaze.

You could also pair grilled shish kabobs with a big bowl of colorful fruit, sweet potato fries, or a fresh green salad.

grilled hawaiian ham kabobs on the grill

Hawaiian Shish Kabobs FAQ

How long to cook shish kabobs on the grill?

That will depend on the ingredients and whether any proteins are raw or precooked.Because our ham kabobs are made with cooked ham steaks, they only need about 2 to 3 minutes on the grill to turn golden brown.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, which is why Hawaiian shish kabobs are perfect for camping or party prep! Made with fully cooked ham steak, pineapple chunks, and vegetables, they are so easy to prep ahead and store in the cooler (or refrigerator).When it’s time to eat, just pull out a tray and cook over the campfire or grill. You are going to love them!

How do you keep ham moist on the grill?

The key to juicy grilled ham is basting! Keep your sauce or leftover marinade handy and apply it frequently — for grilled shish kabobs, that means every time you turn them.

closeup of ham kabobs

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Grilled Hawaiian Ham Kabobs

Hawaiian Grilled Shish Kabobs with Ham

Donna Elick
Grilled Shish Kabobs are a portable meal, and nothing beats this ham and pineapple recipe featuring a sweet and tangy sauce!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Hawaiian
Method Grill
Servings 8



  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ginger paste, or minced ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced


  • 14 ounce fully cooked Jones Dairy Farm Ham Steaks, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 fresh pineapple, cut into 1″ chunks
  • 1/4 red onion, cut into 1″ pieces
  • extra cooking oil for preparing grill grates
  • 1 bag tater tots rounds


  • Soak 8 wood skewers in water for at least 30 minutes, this helps keep them from burning.
  • In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat, combine glaze ingredients. Whisk until well combined. Stir occasionally, until the liquid is reduced by half (you can skip this step but I love the thick coating of sauce on the kabobs).
  • Meanwhile, prep the pineapple and veggies. Prepare tater tots according to package directions.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Layer the ham, pineapple and veggies on skewers. Layer them so the ingredients are touching but not smashed together. Divide the ingredients out over 8 skewers.
  • Wad a couple of paper towels into a ball and hold with grill tongs. Dip the wad of paper towels into a bowl of cooking oil. Rub paper towel over the hot grill grates to thoroughly coat them.
  • Place the kabobs on the grill. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Brush with reserved marinade when you place them on the grill and each time your turn the kabobs. Remove from the grill and top with hot tater tots. Serve and enjoy.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 233cal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 927mg | Sugar: 21g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published June 2017, updated and republished July 2023

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  1. I love those sauce ingredients! I am confused however when the sauce is called "marinade" verses "sauce". Am I marinating something before assembling/grilling? I swear I have read the directions 10 times.

    I have cooked nearly every recipe you have on your web site. You are amazing. Thank you for all you do. <3 Susie

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