Are you making ham for Christmas this year?
I wasn’t going to until I found this recipe that explains how to smoke a spiral-sliced ham to glazed, grilled goodness.
Hormel and Brookshire’s spiral-sliced hams are precooked, but that lends them to being perfectly smoked before serving them on Christmas Day!
This year, I have guests coming for Christmas, so it won’t be just the four of us, which is a great excuse to get a big ham. I never really need an excuse to grill or use the smoker, but Christmas and company are an added benefit. Plus, Paul’s smoker recently came to visit my back porch, and it hasn’t left yet. So, I’m going to take as much advantage of it as I can before he decides he wants it back at his house. If you needed further convincing, using the grill or smoker for your ham frees up your oven for things like cherry pies, bouche de noel or Christmas cookies!
Smoked, Glazed Spiral Christmas Ham
1/2 cup apricot jam (or grape jelly)
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup white wine
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs Dijon mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ancho chile powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp sage
1/16 tsp ground cloves
1 (8 lb) spiral-sliced ham
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, except the ham.
Place the ham in a heavy-duty aluminum pan, and slightly separate the slices. Brush between each slice with the glaze, and coat the outside of the ham generously.
Cover the pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Preheat the smoker or grill with a side for indirect grilling.
Place the pan over indirect heat. Cooking time is about 12 to 13 minutes per pound to an internal temperature of 140° F to 150° F.
Baste ham with the glaze about every 20 minutes during the cooking process.
Remove the ham from the smoker when it reaches 140° F; let stand, covered, until it reaches 150° F.
Serves 12 to 14
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 676, Calories from Fat: 326, Fat: 36 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, (13 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 148 mg, Sodium: 3336 mg, Potassium: 35 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 31 g, Protein: 53 g.
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