Ultimate Double Smoked Honey Glazed Ham

A double-smoked ham recipe cooked with a dry rub and honey glaze is a delicious and flavorful dish that combines the rich smokiness of the ham with savory and sweet flavors from the rub and glaze.

Double smoked ham with honey glaze in an aluminum pan

Hey there, smoker friends!

Let’s talk about a mouthwatering masterpiece that’s sure to steal the show at any gathering (especially Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter dinner!): smoked spiral ham cooked with a tantalizing dry rub and a luscious honey glaze.

Imagine this, a beautifully pre-cooked ham, expertly sliced in a spiral pattern around the bone for easy serving.

It’s been coated with a flavorful dry rub, featuring garlic, onion powder, smoked paprika, dry mustard, and brown sugar.

But wait, there’s more! Enter the honey brown sugar glaze, adding a touch of sweetness and a gorgeous caramelized finish to the ham.

As it smokes, that sweet glaze works its magic, creating a sticky, glossy coating that’s downright drool-worthy.

An overhead view of smoked honey ham in an aluminum pan on a wooden background

This recipe is made with spiral cut ham that’s already been cured, smoked, or cooked. It’s not a fresh ham.

Most store-bought ham is already cured, smoked, and ready to be reheated. We are simply using the smoker to warm the ham back up and get it that extra kiss of hardwood smoke to get it to the next level of smoke flavor.

This is why it’s called twice smoked ham or double smoked ham recipe.

It is still recommended that you get the internal temperature of the ham to 140 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure it’s properly heated to the center.

My own smoker is a Pit Boss electric pellet grill/smoker, but other brands like Traeger work just the same. An electric wood chip smoker can also be used.

When it comes to choosing a pellet or wood chip, ham and other pork products do well with a fruit wood like cherry or apple.

Ingredients

  • Pre-cooked Bone-in Ham
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Dry Rub

  • Brown Sugar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Mustard Powder

Honey Glaze

  • Honey
  • Orange Juice
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar

How to Double Smoke a Ham

  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Use cherry or apple pellets or wood chips.
  • Place the ham roast cut side (flat side) down in a disposable aluminum pan. Combine dry rub ingredients in a small bowl and rub the seasonings on the outside of the ham.
  • Place the ham in the smoker in the aluminum foil pan with the heat element closed (using indirect heat) and cook until it reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit, about 3 hours. Every 30 minutes spray or baste the ham with apple cider vinegar.
  • While it cooks, make the honey glaze by melting butter in a small saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Once it’s melted, add brown sugar and cook until the granules are dissolved. Add honey and orange juice and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the honey glaze over the top of the ham when it’s reached 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Continue cooking the ham until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit at the center of the thickest part of the ham, about an additional 45-60 minutes.

What to Serve with Smoked Ham

  1. Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes complement the sweetness of honey ham nicely. You can add garlic, cheese, or herbs to enhance the flavor.
  2. Green Beans: Sautéed with mushrooms, garlic, and bacon, need I say more? Green beans add a pop of color and freshness to your meal.
  3. Sweet Potatoes: Roasted or mashed sweet potatoes provide a sweet contrast to the savory ham. You can sprinkle them with cinnamon or brown sugar for added sweetness.
  4. Glazed Carrots: Honey-glazed carrots are another sweet side dish that pairs well with honey ham. Roast them with a honey-butter glaze until caramelized and tender.
  5. Italian Pasta Salad: Rotini pasta tossed in zesty Italian dressing, Italian herbs, and Parmesan cheese. Add in all of your favorite toppings like green peppers, onion, cubed cheese, pepperoni, and olives.
  6. Potatoes au Gratin: Creamy and cheesy potatoes are a comforting side dish that complements the richness of honey ham.
  7. Cornbread: Sweet cornbread is a classic Southern side that pairs perfectly with honey ham. Serve it warm with butter or honey.
  8. Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Roasting Brussels sprouts in garlic brings out their natural sweetness and caramelizes the edges, making them a delicious side dish for honey ham.
  9. Fruit Salad: A refreshing fruit salad made with fresh berries, melon, and citrus fruits provides a light and healthy contrast to the rich flavors of honey ham.
  10. Dinner Rolls: Soft and fluffy dinner rolls are perfect for soaking up the juices from the ham. Serve them warm with butter.
  11. Cranberry Sauce: Tangy cranberry sauce adds a pop of color and flavor to your meal. It provides a nice balance to the sweetness of the ham.
A double-smoked ham in an aluminum foil pan with deep sides. There's dark brown liquid in the bottom of the pan from the ham cooking in it. The ham is spiral cut sliced.

Storing Leftover Ham

Refrigerating

Leftover smoked ham can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container.

Freezer

According to the USDA, it’s best to eat frozen smoked ham within 1 to 2 months for best quality. While it’s safe to eat beyond this time, its quality may deteriorate due to freezer burn or changes in texture and flavor.

How to Reheat a Smoked Ham

To reheat a large portion of the ham roast, I recommend cooking it in the oven.

  • Oven: Preheat your oven to around 325°F. Place the leftover ham in a baking dish or on a baking sheet, cover it with foil to prevent drying out, and heat for about 10-15 minutes per pound.

To cook individual slices I recommend simply using the microwave.

  • Microwave: Place the leftover ham slices or chunks in a microwave-safe dish, cover with a damp paper towel to help retain moisture, and microwave in 30-second increments until heated through. Flipping the ham helps with even cooking.
An aluminum foil pan with a honey ham sitting in it and black tongs holding slices open
An aluminum foil pan with a honey ham sitting in it and black tongs holding slices open

Ultimate Double Smoked Honey Glazed Ham

Tiffany
A double-smoked ham recipe cooked with a dry rub and honey glaze is a delicious and flavorful dish that combines the rich smokiness of the ham with savory and sweet flavors from the rub and glaze.
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Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 8 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 20 Servings
Calories 885 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 14 pound Spiral Cut Bone-in Ham smoked/cured/precooked
  • 1 ½ cups Apple Cider Vinegar

Dry Rub

  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Powder

Honey Glaze

  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Orange Juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Use cherry or apple pellets or wood chips.
  • Place the ham roast cut side down in an aluminum pan. Combine dry rub ingredients in a small bowl and rub the seasonings on the ham.
  • Place the ham in the smoker in the aluminum pan with the heat element closed (using indirect heat) and cook until it reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit, about 3 hours. Every 30 minutes spray or baste the ham with apple cider vinegar.
  • While it cooks, make the honey glaze by melting butter in a small saucepan over the stove. Once it's melted, add brown sugar and cook until the granules are dissolved. Add honey and orange juice and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the honey glaze over the top of the ham when it's reached 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Continue cooking the ham until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit at the center of the thickest part of the ham, about an additional 45-60 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 885kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 69gFat: 58gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 3810mgPotassium: 945mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 166IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 3mg

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