Did you buy a fresh ham and looking for a great way to smoke it?
If so, you’re in the right place!
In this TheGrillingDad.com guide, you’ll learn:
- The supplies you’ll need
- An easy glaze recipe
- How to smoke a fresh ham (3 simple steps)
- And much more!
When the holidays come around, Americans purchase an estimated amount of 318 million pounds of ham.
But the best thing about ham is that you don’t need to wait until the end of the year to cook it. It’s food for all seasons!
If you’re wondering how to smoke a ham, know that it’s a fairly simple process. All it takes is a bit of patience.
The goal is to cook the meat low and slow (smoked slowly at low temperatures) to get that unique taste.
We usually do our smoking with vertical smokers, but smoking ham works just as well in any grill or smoker.
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Whether it’s the holidays or another special event, try our method of smoking ham. There doesn’t even have to be a special event!
Smoke a ham this weekend if you’re craving that maple-glazed, smoky goodness!
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What You Need to Know About Smoking Ham?
Depending on how big the ham you’re smoking is, it usually takes between five to six hours to cook completely.
Smoking is meant to be a slow process to allow all the flavors and aromas to infuse with the meat for that distinct taste.
Supplies You’ll Need to Smoke a Fresh Ham?
The two main things you need to smoke a ham are
- A smoker (or grill)
- A cured pork leg
- Applewood chips
- Roasting pan
- Clean water
- 1 Cup Apple Juice
- Charcoal Chimney (optional)
To get the smoker going, you need some charcoal, some wood chips (we’re using applewood this time), and clean water.
A charcoal chimney is optional. We use this to help get an (almost) accurate measurement of charcoal and to light it up easier.
For the meat, we’re using an 18-pound ham. We placed this on a roasting pan with two cups of water below.
We also poured a cup of apple juice over the ham for some extra flavor.
For the glaze, we’re using a honey mustard glaze. For this, you’ll need:
- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 1/2 Cup Dijon Mustard
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Apple Juice
- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
How to Smoke a Fresh Ham (3 Simple Steps)
1. Prepare Your Meat
2. Set Up Your Smoker or Grill
3. Smoke Your Fresh Ham
Following this simple guide will turn your fresh ham into a centerpiece for many future meals. If you have questions, feel free to drop a comment and I’ll answer as quickly as I can.
Step 1: Prepare Your Meat
- Use a sharp knife to score the fresh ham with diamond shapes across the top.
Just cut into the fat deep enough without reaching too much into the skin. This allows the smoke to infuse deeper into the ham.
- Transfer the scored meat onto a roasting pan.
- Pour 2 cups of water into the bottom of the pan.
- Carefully pour 1 cup of apple juice over the ham.
Step 2: Set Up Your Smoker or Grill
- Light up some coals for your heat source. Set the temp to 225ºF.
- Set up your smoker’s water bath.
- Pour the lit coals over your smoker’s bottom part (or your grill’s coal component).
- Put in some wood chips over the charcoal. We’re using a mixture of soaked (in water) and unsoaked applewood chips for smoking this ham.
- Place the ham on the smoker or grill.
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Step 3: Smoke Your Fresh Ham
Once you get your ham on your grill, prepare some honey mustard glaze.
In a pot, mix and heat up 1/3 cup of honey, ½ cup of Dijon mustard, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup apple juice, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- Apply the glaze over your ham after cooking for two hours.
- Continue to coat the meat with the glaze occasionally, preferably after every 45 minutes.
- Smoke for two to four more hours. Maintain a smoker temp of 225ºF.
- Take out the ham after smoking for roughly 6 hours. The internal temp should be 145ºF. That’s when smoked ham is safe to eat.
- Cover the ham in some foil and allow it to rest before slicing and serving.
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