Reheating a Smoked Ham (4 Simple Ways Without Drying Out Your Ham)

Maybe you bought a smoked ham or even tried your hand at smoking one by yourself.
It was delicious, but the best part? All the leftover!
But how do you reheat the leftovers? You don’t want to dry it out. But you also don’t want to eat cold ham.
Keep reading as we look at a few main ways to master reheating a smoked ham.


How Do You Reheat a Smoked Ham?

The are fours ways in which you can reheat your ham you can see them below.

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In the Oven

Make sure the preheated oven is at the temperature of your choice.

We recommend 325°F.

Place the ham in a roasting pan with some liquid on the bottom.

You could use a couple of cups of water or maybe some apricot or pineapple juice for more flavor.

Cover with aluminum foil. Cook for about 18 minutes per pound.

When the internal temperature reaches 135°F, it will be ready to eat.

Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Don’t let the thermometer touch any bones.

This will result in the most accurate reading.

Note if you just cooked your ham and looking to keep the ham warm before serving using your oven is one of the best methods.


In the Slow Cooker

Cooking the ham in the slow cooker will result in the juiciest meat.

Put the ham in the slow cooker. Add the glaze ingredients of your choice. Use maple syrup for a sweet glaze!

Make sure you put some liquid in the cooker, as well.

Cook on low for about 40 minutes per pound.

This is a long cooking time, but well worth the wait.

In the Smoker

You can also reheat ham in the smoker or on the grill.

The important thing is to use indirect heat and some liquid. This will help to keep the meat moist.

Heat the smoker or grill to 275°F and cook for about 12 minutes per pound.

When the internal temp reaches 140°F, the meat will be ready.


How Do You Heat a Frozen Ham?

Thaw a frozen ham before heating it. The safest way to thaw ham is in the refrigerator.

Estimate 5 hours per pound of meat. A 10-pound ham will take over two days to thaw out.

After the ham has defrosted, you can heat it using any of the methods we previously mentioned.

How Do You Cook Spiral-Sliced Ham?

Spiral-sliced ham is usually ready to eat as is. You can add some extra glaze if you’d like.

If you put it in the oven, only cook it for about 10-15 minutes per pound. This will prevent overheating the meat.

We recommend wrapping it in foil and baking it with some liquid in the pan.

Cook it at a low temperature like 325°F.


How Do You Reheat Leftover Ham?

You can reheat leftover ham using the same methods we listed previously.

If the ham has already been sliced, be sure to use tinfoil and extra liquid to prevent drying out.

If you only want a few slices, you can even reheat leftover ham in the microwave.

Leftover ham is good in the fridge for about a week.

Now that you know all about heating and reheating ham, it’s time to head to the supermarket.

Pick up a ham to prepare for your guests. And know that you’ll be able to eat the leftovers afterward!


Smoke On!


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!

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