This backyard twist on the classic holiday dish features a double smoking process that infuses the ham with a kiss of hardwood smoke, creating a perfectly smoky and tender centerpiece for your festive table. The homemade brown sugar and honey glaze adds a sweet and savory shiny candy coating that ties everything together. With just the right amount of smoke flavor, moisture, and a crispy caramelized glaze, this ham is sure to impress your family and friends!
In this recipe, we take a pre-smoked spiral-sliced ham and elevate it with a double smoking process to create a Smoky Sweet Honey Glazed Ham that is bursting with flavor. The ham is first smoked over low heat to infuse it with a subtle smokiness, then braised with chicken stock to keep it moist and tender.
Next, a homemade glaze made with brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and a signature sweet rub is applied to the ham. Finally, the ham is broiled to caramelize the glaze and create a crispy crust on the outside edges. The result is a ham that is juicy, flavorful, and perfectly glazed, making it a show-stopping centerpiece for any holiday or special occasion.
List of Ingredients:
- 1,8-pound spiral-sliced ham
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons of sweet rub (optional)
Prepare your smoker or outdoor grill for smoking at low heat (around 225°F).
Place the ham directly on the smoker grates, exposed to the smoke, and smoke for about 2-3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 120°F.
Remove the ham from the smoker and place it in a large cast iron pan or disposable aluminum baking pan. Pour the chicken stock into the pan, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and return to the smoker. Continue to smoke the ham for another 2-3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 140°F.
While the ham is smoking, prepare the glaze by combining brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the glaze is well combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
Once the ham reaches 140°F, remove it from the smoker and increase the heat to broil.
Brush the glaze generously all over the ham, reserving some for later. Place the ham under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, or until the glaze is caramelized and bubbly.
Remove the ham from the broiler and brush with more glaze. Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
Serve the Smoky Sweet Honey Glazed Ham as the centerpiece of your holiday table and enjoy the delicious flavors of the double smoking process and the sweet and savory glaze!
If you don’t have a smoker or outdoor grill, you can still make this recipe in your oven. Simply follow the same time and temperature guidelines, but the ham won’t have the same smoky flavor as the double smoking process.