Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham Recipe (In 5 Simple Steps)

We’ve all had pineapple-glazed ham before. But what if we added something extra?

Pineapple bourbon glazed ham sounds delicious. That’s because it is!

If you plan on smoking a ham this year, why not add the component of bourbon?

The rich flavors in your favorite bourbon will enhance the flavors of a pineapple glazed ham.

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Why You’ll Love This Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham Recipe

Some people love bourbon whiskey. Others love pineapple rings.

Most people enjoy a sweet brown sugar glaze on their ham.

Mix it all together and you get a delicious ham that everybody will gobble up!

The strong bourbon counteracts the the pineapple’s acidity and the sugar’s sweetness.

The complexity of this flavor combination will impress you and your dinner guests.

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What Temperature to Smoke Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham At

Smoke a ham at 325°F. You could go lower or higher, but this is the most popular temperature.

At this medium heat, the ham cooks at a good pace. Since it’s not too fast or too slow, you’ll notice optimum results.

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How Long to Smoke Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham

Ham cooks at 30 minutes per pound at 325°F. Cook the ham until it reaches an internal temperature of 140°F.

If you bought a pre-cooked ham, the temperature is to ensure a pleasant eating experience.

The ham won’t burn at this temperature, but it will be thoroughly warm. If your ham is ready before your guests place it in the oven to stay warm before serving it.

Insert a meat thermometer without touching the bone for an accurate internal temperature.

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Best Wood Chips for Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham

We recommend using a fruitwood for your smoker when you smoke this ham.

Since fruitwoods are milder, they’ll add a boost of flavor.

However, the smoky flavor won’t overpower the pineapple and bourbon.

Apple wood or cherry wood chunks are great options. You could even use maple wood.

What You’ll Need to Cook Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham

You’ll need a smoker, wood chips, and a drip pan.

You’ll also need some ingredients. We recommend buying a fully cooked ham.

For the dry rub, you’ll need Dijon mustard and rosemary.

For the glaze, you’ll need brown sugar, pineapple juice, and bourbon.

When choosing a bourbon, you may want to use your favorite. Make sure the bourbon has an appealing flavor.

While the flavor will mellow out, you wouldn’t want to ruin a ham with the taste of cheap bourbon.

You also wouldn’t want to get a specialty bourbon that may take away from the pineapple.

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Ingredients for Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham

8-10 pound fully cooked ham

3 tablespoons coarse ground Dijon mustard

1 sprig of fresh rosemary, chopped

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup bourbon

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Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham Recipe

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Step 1: Preheat The Smoker

Preheat the smoker to 325°F.

Use mild wood for fuel.

Step 2: Prepare the Ham

Score the ham in a diamond pattern

Mix the ground mustard and chopped rosemary.

Liberally rub the mixture on the defrosted ham.

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Step 3: Smoke the Ham

Using indirect heat, cook the ham in the smoker.

No need to use a baking dish. Just place the ham on the rack.

Estimate 30 minutes per pound. For a 10-pound ham, it should take close to 5 hours.

Step 4: Prepare the Glaze

Mix the brown sugar, pineapple juice, and bourbon.

In a medium saucepan, bring the glaze ingredients to a simmer.

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After 15-20 minutes, the glaze will thicken.

Drizzle the pineapple bourbon glaze over the ham when there’s an hour left to cook it.

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Step 5: Finish the Ham

Cook the ham for about another hour.

Remove the ham from the smoker and pour the rest of the pineapple bourbon glaze over the ham.

Let the ham rest for about 10-15 minutes. Carve and serve.

Wrap the ham in aluminum foil to keep it warm for longer.

Use plastic wrap or an airtight container to store the ham. Refrigerate it for up to 3-4 days.

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What to Serve With Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham

Most vegetables pair well with this ham.

If you choose more bitter veggies, like broccoli, you may enjoy the contrast of bitter and sweet.

A salad will also taste great beside your ham. The lightness of the salad will counteract the meatiness of the ham.

If you’re cooking around a holiday, don’t forget the traditional holiday dishes.

Sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and cranberries always go well with holiday ham.

A smoked ham with a crusty bark is always delicious.

Add the pineapple bourbon glaze and people won’t be able to get enough!

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You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to try this recipe.

Just invite your friends over for this ham on your next quiet weekend.

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Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Smoked Ham

The rich flavors in your favorite bourbon will enhance the flavors of a pineapple glazed ham.
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time3 hours
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 302kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 19

Equipment

  • 1 Pellet smoker

Ingredients

  • 8-10 pound fully cooked ham
  • 3 tablespoons coarse ground Dijon mustard
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup bourbon

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare The Smoker

  • Preheat the smoker to 325°F.
  • Use mild wood for fuel.

Step 2: Prepare the Ham

  • Mix the ground mustard and chopped rosemary.
  • Liberally rub the mixture on the defrosted ham.

Step 3: Smoke the Ham

  • Using indirect heat, cook the ham in the smoker.
  • No need to use a baking dish. Just place the ham on the rack.
  • Estimate 30 minutes per pound. For a 10-pound ham, it should take close to 5 hours.

Step 4: Prepare the Glaze

  • Mix the brown sugar, pineapple juice, and bourbon.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the glaze ingredients to a simmer.
  • After 15-20 minutes, the glaze will thicken.
  • Drizzle the pineapple bourbon glaze over the ham when there’s an hour left to cook it.
  • Step 5: Finish the Ham
  • Cook the ham for about another hour.
  • Remove the ham from the smoker and pour the rest of the pineapple bourbon glaze over the ham.
  • Let the ham rest for about 10-15 minutes. Carve and serve.
  • Wrap the ham in aluminum foil to keep it warm for longer.
  • Use plastic wrap or an airtight container to store the ham. Refrigerate it for up to 3-4 days.

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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