Smoked Spiral Ham With Brown Sugar Glaze

Looking for the perfect holiday recipe? This smoked spiral ham recipe is a delicious yet easy recipe that you can whip for a holiday meal, a dinner party or a weekend meal. It will be a regular at your Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter meals.

It doesn’t get much better than smoked ham with a brown sugar glaze that is juicy and full of flavor. I love to serve it with mash potato, dinner rolls and smoked cheesecake.

Smoked Spiral Ham

Technically pork products that have been cured with nitrate curing solution are precooked and some labelled as smoked. So you could serve it straight from the packaging. However we will smoking the spiral ham for a second time, so we will have a double smoked ham with a brown sugar glaze.

The best part about the spiral cut is it allows the glaze to easily penetrate and you also get more crispy, caramelised parts and you also get some delicious smoky flavors from the using the smoker which adds more depth of flavor. 

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Ingredients For Double Smoked Spiral Ham

  • Bone-In Spiral Ham
  • Brown Sugar
  • Orange Juice or Pineapple Juice
  • Mustard
  • Cloves
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How to Smoke a Spiral Ham

Step 1: Prepare the Glaze

Prepare the glaze by mixing together brown sugar, orange juice, and mustard until thick and glossy..

The glaze may be runny but will be perfect for basting that ham.

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Step 2: Add and Glaze and Cloves

Place the ham in a sheet pan, then apply the glaze all over the ham. Pierce the cloves into the ham, about 1.5 inches apart.

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Step 3: Smoke and Glaze

Preheat your smoker to 300°F.

Place your ham cut side down onto the grill grates and close the lid.

Place the ham into the smoker at 300F for about 1.5 hours until internal temperatue hits 140F. Reapply the glaze every 20 minutes.

Step 4: Set

To get a nice caramelization, place the ham into an oven with high broil. Cooking for 2-3 minutes until the
glaze is bubbling and caramelized.

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Step 5: Remove and Carve

Once done, carefully remove the ham from the oven and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before carving.

Lastly, carve the ham into slices using a sharp knife by making deep cuts in a diamond pattern on the outside of the ham.

Do this by cutting deep slices that are approximately 1/4’” apart into the ham going from one side to the other, then turning the ham 45 degrees and repeating.

Serve this dish alongside some delicious sides and watch your family enjoy!

How Much Ham per Person?

Account for half a pound per person since spiral ham has a bone.

However, if you know you have a hungrier family or would like to have leftovers, you can always opt for a bigger ham.

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What Temperature to Cook Smoked Spiral At?

You need to cook your spiral ham at a temperature of 225°F.

What Internal Temperature Do You Need to Reach for Smoked Spiral Ham?

You’ll need to reach an internal meat temperature of 140°F to ensure that your smoked spiral ham is safe to eat. Be sure to check this using a meat thermometer, checking the thickest part of the meat, without touching the bone.

The smoking process for this recipe is divided into two parts. Overall, it should take you about 3- 3.5 hours to cook your smoked spiral ham in total.

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How to Store and Reheat Leftover Smoked Spiral Ham?

If you do end up with leftovers, you may store them in zip-lock bags or airtight containers. Keep them in a refrigerator and they can last for up to 5 days.

Alternatively, you can place them in freezer-safe bags and toss them in the freezer. By doing this, they may last for up to two months.

To reheat leftovers in your fridge, preheat your oven to around 325°F. Next, place the cooked ham in an oven-safe dish or on a baking sheet. Add some liquid, such as water, or broth to the dish to help keep the ham moist.

Cover the ham with aluminum foil to prevent the meat from drying out. Heat the meat in an oven for around 10-15 minutes per pound until the internal meat temperature reaches 140°F.

If re-heating leftovers from the freezer, let them gently defrost in the refrigerator overnight before following the process mentioned above.

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My Favourite Wood Chips for Smoked Spiral Ham

You’ll want to use mild wood chips such as apple wood or cherry wood for smoked spiral ham. If you prefer a heavier smokier flavor try oak or hickory.

What to Serve With Smoked Spiral Ham

You definitly need some tasty sides for this dish, below are some of my favorites.

Cheesy Potatoes

Mash Potatoes

Fluffy Dinner Rolls

Smoked Devilled Eggs

Smoked Brocolli

Brussel Sprouts

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Tips for Making the Best Smoked Spiral Ham

Experiment With Your Glaze

Experiment with flavors and see which glaze works best for your family and your taste buds!

Keeping It Warm

If your ham is ready before your guests you might want to know how to keep the ham warm after cooking it, If its an hour or less you will want to wrap the ham and let it rest, if it over 2 hours, you can keep it warm in the slow cooker.

Experiment with flavors and see which glaze works best for your family and your taste buds!

Keep Track of Your Temperatures

It’s important to not over cook the meat when it’s smoking. If you let the temperature rise too high, you can end up with a dry, chewy ham.

Hence, make sure you’re always keeping track of the temperature of the ham and not overcooking the meat.

Smoked Spiral Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Looking for the perfect holiday ham recipe? This smoked spiral ham recipe is a delicious yet easy recipe that you can whip for a holiday dinner or even for a dinner party.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time3 hours 45 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, lunch, main
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 563kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 20

Equipment

  • 1 Pellet smoker

Ingredients

  • 8 lbs Smoked Spiral Ham
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Orange Juice or Pineapple Juice
  • 2 tbsp Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Cloves

Instructions

  • Prepare the glaze by mixing together brown sugar, orange juice, and mustard until thick and glossy..
  • The glaze may be runny but will be perfect for basting that ham.
  • Place the ham in a sheet pan, then apply the glaze all over the ham. Pierce the cloves into the ham, about 1.5 inches apart
  • Preheat your smoker to 300°F.
  • Place your ham cut side down onto the grill grates and close the lid.
  • Place the ham into the smoker at 300F for about 1.5 hours until internal temperatue hits 140F. Reapply the glaze every 20 minutes.
  • To get a nice caramelization, place the ham into an oven with high broil. Cooking for 2-3 minutes until the glaze is bubbling and caramelized.
  • Once done, carefully remove the ham from the oven and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before carving.
  • Lastly, carve the ham into slices using a sharp knife by making deep cuts in a diamond pattern on the outside of the ham.
  • Do this by cutting deep slices that are approximately 1/4’” apart into the ham going from one side to the other, then turning the ham 45 degrees and repeating.
  • Serve this dish alongside some delicious sides and watch your family enjoy!

The next time you find yourself contemplating what to whip up for your family feast, just follow the steps mentioned above and you’ll find yourself with an amazing finished product that everybody is sure to love!

Make sure to make extras just in case!

Smoke On!

Charlie

Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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