Double Smoked Ham boasts a tender, succulent texture, while the flavor dances between smoky richness and a delightful touch of sweet and savory perfection.
Your family will love this twice-smoked ham for its irresistible combination of juicy, tender ham infused with a smoky essence. The sweet and savory glaze elevates the flavor, creating a delicious experience that appeals to both young and adult palates. Double Smoked Ham is a real crowd-pleaser, perfect for family gatherings, holidays, and special occasions.
Ingredients for Double Smoked Ham
These simple yet flavorful components come together to create a delicious blend of smokiness and sweetness, enhancing the natural richness of the ham.
- 1 bone-in fully cooked ham (around 8-10 pounds), spiral sliced or non-sliced are both fine.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup Pineapple Juice
- 2 tablespoons Sweet BBQ Rub or your favorite pork rub
How to Make Double Smoked Ham
A fully cooked ham is transformed with brown sugar, Dijon mustard, honey, and spices, creating a mouthwatering, Double Smoked Ham masterpiece.
- About 2 hours before you plan to smoke the ham, take it out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter so it gets to room temperature. This helps the meat smoke evenly.
- Remove any extra fat from the ham, leaving a thin layer. Make shallow cuts in a diamond pattern on the surface of the ham, then season it with your favorite BBQ rub.
- Preheat your smoker to 250°F. Put the ham in the smoker, and add cherry or apple wood chips for extra flavor.
- While the ham is smoking, make a glaze by simmering pineapple juice and brown sugar in a saucepan until it reduces by half. Set the glaze aside.
- After 2 hours in the smoker, take the ham out and place it on foil or in an oven-safe dish. Glaze it every 30 minutes using the pineapple glaze you made. Save some extra glaze for serving.
- Once the inside of the ham reaches about 140°F (60°C), it’s ready. This might take 4-5 hours, depending on the ham’s size. Keep an eye out for the meat pulling away from the bones as a sign that it’s done.
- Allow meat to rest for 15 minutes before carving.
Why this Recipe Works
- Flavor Fusion: The glaze adds sweetness, enhancing the savory ham taste.
- Easy Process: Simple steps make double smoking achievable for anyone.
- Versatile: Perfect for special occasions or elevating everyday meals.
Recipe Tips and Kitchen Tricks
- Score Smart: Make shallow cuts on the ham’s surface for glaze absorption.
- Patience Pays: Let the ham rest after smoking for juicier slices.
- Wood Chip Wisdom: Choose cherry or apple chips for a flavorful smoke.
- Maple Magic: Swap honey for maple syrup in the glaze for a different sweetness.
- Spice Twist: Add a pinch of cayenne to the glaze for a subtle kick.
- Citrus Burst: Incorporate orange zest into the glaze for a refreshing citrus flavor.
- Slice and Serve: Carve into thin slices for a classic presentation.
- Sandwich Bliss: Make flavorful ham sandwiches with your favorite condiments.
- Salad Star: Cube and toss into a fresh salad for a protein boost.
- Wrap Wonder: Roll slices in tortillas with veggies for tasty wraps.
- Brunch Delight: Pair with eggs and toast for a delightful brunch.
What to Serve with Double Smoked Ham
- Cheesy Mac ‘n’ Cheese: Creamy pasta with melted cheese is always a hit.
- Sweet Potato Fries: Crispy and slightly sweet potato fries for a tasty twist.
- Fruit Kabobs: Colorful fruit skewers make a fun and healthy side.
- Broccoli-Cheese Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes with a hint of garlic for a comforting side.
- Roasted Vegetables: Colorful roasted veggies to perfection, a nutritious addition.
- Buttery Cornbread: Soft, buttery cornbread squares to complement the savory ham.
Date Night Sides
- Truffle Parmesan Risotto: Creamy risotto infused with truffle oil and topped with Parmesan.
- Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts: Roasted Brussels sprouts drizzled with balsamic reduction.
- Quinoa Salad with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette: A refreshing and protein-packed quinoa salad with a zesty dressing.
Storing, freezing, and reheating instructions
Storing: Keep leftover ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freezing: Wrap well in plastic wrap or foil, then store in a freezer bag. Label with the date and freeze for up to 2-3 months.
Reheating: To reheat, preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C), cover the ham with foil, and heat until warmed through (about 10-15 minutes per pound). Alternatively, use a microwave for smaller portions, adjusting the time based on size.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I use a boneless ham?
Yes, a boneless ham works well. Adjust smoking time as needed.
What wood chips are best?
Cherry or apple wood chips add a mild, sweet flavor to the ham.
Is the glaze necessary?
The glaze enhances flavor, but you can skip it for a simpler taste.
Can I double smoke a pre-sliced ham?
Yes, but be cautious to prevent drying out. Adjust smoking time accordingly.
Remember, personal preferences play a role, so feel free to explore and discover your own favorite pairings!
- Fruity Punch: Mix fruit juices like orange, pineapple, and a splash of cranberry for a refreshing drink.
- Sparkling Lemonade: Bubbly and sweet, perfect to complement the ham’s flavors.
- Berry Smoothie: Blend berries, yogurt, and a touch of honey for a tasty and nutritious option.
Iced Tea: A classic choice, sweetened or unsweetened, pairs well with the smoky ham.
Apple Cider: Warm or chilled, the fruity flavor complements the savory notes of the dish.
Ginger Ale with Lime: A fizzy and slightly spicy option that adds a refreshing twist.
- Chardonnay: Its buttery notes complement the richness of the ham.
- Pinot Noir: A light red wine that enhances the smoky flavors.
- Riesling: A slightly sweet white wine that balances the savory taste.
- Whiskey Sour: The sweetness and citrusy kick complement the ham.
- Margarita: A zesty margarita adds a festive touch to the meal.
- Gin and Tonic: The herbal and crisp elements pair well with the smokiness.
- Amber Ale: The malty sweetness complements the ham’s flavor.
- Hefeweizen: A light, wheat beer that refreshes the palate.
- Smoked Porter: Enhance the smokiness with a robust smoked porter.
Double Smoked Ham
- 1 5 to 8 lb Ham uncut half or spiral-sliced
- 2 Tbsp Sweet BBQ Rub or your favorite BBQ rub
- 1 Cup Pineapple juice
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- About 2 hours before your smoke time, remove the from the refrigerator and allow it to sit on the counter to come to room temperature. This will allow the meat to heat evenly through to the center.
- Trim any excess fat from the surface of the ham, leaving a thin layer.
- Score the surface of the ham in a diamond pattern, making shallow cuts then season the ham with your favorite BBQ rub.
- Pre-heat the smoker to 250 degrees F. Place the ham in the preheated smoker, adding cherry or apple wood chips for flavor.
- Meanwhile, add the pineapple juice and brown sugar to a small saucepan and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half creating a glaze for the ham. Set aside.
- After 2 hours, remove the ham from the smoker, and place it on foil or in an oven-safe dish, and begin glazing the ham in 30-minute intervals. Reserve extra glaze for serving.
- Once the internal temperature reaches around 140°F (60°C), the ham is ready. This may take 4-5 hours depending on the size of the ham. **NOTE: You will know the ham is ready when the meat starts to pull away from the bones.
- Remove the ham from the smoker and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes before carving.