This is the Best Pellet grill ham recipe you are going to find on the web. Double smoked Spiral cut ham brushed with a bourbon orange glaze that will take your Holiday ham to another. Stop scrolling and lets get to cooking!!
This smoked ham is glazed with both sweet and tangy flavors like brown sugar, bourbon, and orange juice. Remember twice smoked ham doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions. its a fantastic way to feel the entire family anytime of year.
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How to Smoke Pellet Grill Ham
Almost all grocery store hams are pre smoked ham and come fully cooked but if you really want to impart that big smoky flavor double smoking the ham is the way to go.
I prefer spiral cut hams because they are easy to serve because then come pre sliced. As they smoke the slices will separate allowing the glaze to penetrate all the way to the bone for maximum flavor.
If you don’t have a spiral cut ham no worries you can smoke any pre cooked ham whether its a bone in ham or a boneless ham.
Since the ham is already cooked we are just warming it up and adding additional smoked flavor so its a very simple process as long as you follow these easy cooking instructions.
Type of Ham
When shopping at the grocery store you will find all kinds of hams. In your search for the perfect ham keep these things in mind. How many people are you planing to feed? if its only a few people look for a smaller spiral-cut ham, If you have a small army you may need to purchase a whole ham.
for this recipe do not by a Raw ham or Fresh ham. they have not been brined and require a completely different cooking process. Look for the words, Pre cooked, smoked, fully cooked or cured and you should be good to go
Ingredients to make Double Smoked Ham
Ham. For this recipe, I used a 10 lb spiral ham. Depending on how many people you are cooking for and how big your pellet grill is the size of your ham may change. Note, with the weight change, there will be a smoking time change as well. You don’t want to overcook your ham! That’s why we cook to a temperature and not a specific time
The Bourbon Brown Sugar Glaze. For the glaze, you will need a ½ stick of butter, 4 oz of bourbon, 1 cup of brown sugar, and ½ cup of orange juice.
How to Make Pellet Grill Smoked Ham
Preheat. Set pellet grill to 250° Fahrenheit.
Drain. Drain any liquid from the pre-cooked ham and pat dry with paper towels. Place on a sheet pan. The sheet pan will prevent all the glaze dripping through the grill grates and making a mess. you can line the sheet pan with foil for easy cleanup.
Prep Glaze. While the ham is smoking. Melt your butter in a small saucepan over medium heat before adding the bourbon. *Turn OFF the heat while adding the bourbon then slowly turn the flame back on and cook for 2 minutes to burn off the alcohol.
Whisk. Whisk in orange juice and cook for 5 minutes.
Add brown sugar. Stir in brown sugar until it’s smooth. Cook for about 1 minutes, constantly stirring.
Remove from heat. Then remove from heat and set aside.
Smoke. Smoke the ham for about 3 hours using cherry wood pellets, you can also use apple or hickory if you like. Once you reach an internal temperature of about 140°F. you will start to glaze the ham.
I highly recommend using a probe thermometer so you can monitor the temperature without having to open the smoker constantly to check the temperature of the ham.
Add Glaze. After 3 hours of smoking, raise the pellet grill temperature to 275°F and begin glazing the ham every 20 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 175°F. Ensure you do at least 3 coats of the glaze for maximum flavor.
Rest. Once the ham reaches 175 F lightly wrap the ham with aluminum foil and rest for 15 minutes. Gust before serving brush on any remaining glaze.
How long should you Smoke a bone-in Ham?
The size of the ham will greatly affect the cooking time of the ham so I highly recommend cooking to temperature instead of time. I recommend giving yourself between 4-6 hours in total to smoke the ham.
If you use the Meater wireless Meat thermometer the app on the phone will actually give you an estimated cooking time. Its not perfect but it will give you a pretty good idea how long the ham will take to smoke
A general rule of thumb for the cook time will be 25 minutes per pound of ham.
Side Dishes for your Pellet Grill Ham
What is dinner without side dishes that make you drool?! There are so many fantastic pairings to make this a complete holiday meals
- Pellet Grill Smoked Baked Beans
- Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
- Classic Squash Casserole
- Green Bean Casserole (no Mushrooms)
- White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
- Collard Greens w/ smoked turkey leg
Tips and Variations
- Don’t burn the glaze. If you stay between 250 and 275 degrees you should be fine. Its when people panic and crank the smoker up to 400 to try to cook the ham faster that you end up with cold ham and a burnt glaze.
- If you are not a bourbon drinker or don’t use alcohol you can substitute chicken stock, apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice, maple syrup or even bacon fat to give the ham an added punch of flavor.
- Leftovers? Im a big fan of ham sandwiches or omitted but my ham and bean soup is life changing so I highly suggest you make a batch the next day!!
- Storage: you can keep the leftover ham in the fridge for about 5 days. Freeze the bone and leftover meat for a future soup or stock. Wrap the meat and bone with plastic wrap tightly then place in a sealed container to prevent freezer burn.
If you want to see how to carve a spiral ham here is a great video for you to checkout.
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Double Smoked Pellet Grill Ham
- Pellet Grill
- Sheet Pan
- Basting Brush
- 10 lbs Spiral Ham
- ½ stick Butter
- 4 oz Bourbon
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Orange Juice
- Preheat the pellet grill to 250 degrees F
- Drain off any liquid from cooked ham and pat dry with paper towels then place on a sheet pan. Smoke for about 3 hours or until internal temperature reaches about 140 degrees F.
- While Ham is smoking prepare the glaze. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat before adding bourbon. turn off the heat when adding bourbon then slowly turn the flame back on and cook for 2 minutes to burn off the alcohol.
- Whisk in orange juice and cook for 5 minutes, then add brown sugar, stirring until smooth. Cook for about 2 minutes, constantly stirring, then remove from heat and set aside.
- After 3 hours of smoking raise the pellet grill temperature to 275 degrees F. and begin glazing the ham every 20 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees. Get at least 3 coats of glaze on the ham.
- Rest ham wrapped with foil for 15 minutes before serving.