Double Smoked Ham

Double Smoked Ham

Before getting into the recipe let’s just have a look at what is smoked ham? whenever you go out to a supermarket and see pork products labeled as ham, those products are basically treated with a nitrate curing solution.

what this solution does is give the ham its pinkish color and its soft texture which are the main characteristics of the ham. When you get store-bought ham and see the packet of ham you would see the label pre smoked or smoked by apple or hickory wood. This pre-smoke will determine what smoke flavor your ham would be. The difference between apple and hickory wood is that the applewood flavor is slightly lighter than the hickory.

Why is it called Double smoked ham?

Many of you would be curious to know why we call it double smoked ham or twice smoked ham the reason is pretty obvious and that is the ham is pre-cooked and cured. So when the pre-cooked ham is cooked again that is what makes it double smoked ham.

there are many people who believe that cooking ham twice would make it extra smokey in flavor but the truth is it will not. This double smoked ham recipe is designed in a way that only a limited or the rightly needed amount of smoke is given to the ham.

This Twice smoked ham recipe is made in such a way that the moister in the ham stays there but the outside of the ham is absolutely amazing and crispy.

How to cook double smoked ham

Before starting it is really important to have all the right ingredients and tools to make twice smoked ham. owing to the fact that if you have all the right tools and ingredients then you can make a perfect smoked ham recipe. The ingredients used in this recipe are pretty simple and are easily available in the kitchen.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
  • Cook Temperature: 225ºF
  • Wood Flavor: Apple or Hickory
  • Servings: 15 people

Tools required

  • A smoker (Pellet, gas, or electric)
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Meat thermometer

Ingredients For double smoked ham

  • 8-pound spiral cut ham
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Ingredients for Glaze

  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Ginger
  • BBQ sweet rub

Ingredients for BBQ Sweet Rub

  • Brown Sugar
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Ground Mustard
  • Cayenne Pepper

How to make the BBQ sweet Rub

You will be surprised to know how easy it is to make this BBQ sweet rub you won’t be needing any fancy mixers or blenders all you need is just a fork and mixing bowl that’s it. just put all the ingredients together and combine them well with the help of a fork, break any lumps in it, once mixed your BBQ sweet rub is ready to be used instantly. For later use put this Rub in an air-tight container and store it.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat up the smoker and place the ham in it on low heat. and let the smoke do its job on the meat.
  2. Take the ham and braise it with chicken stock and warp it tight so much moister stays inside.
  3. Once that’s done add Honey and Brown sugar to glaze the ham.
  4. Now it’s time to broil the whole ham so that it gets crisp from the outside and glaze on it gets caramelized.

Making Double Smoked Ham

Smoke up the ham

First of all heat the ham on the smoker on very low heat. Smoking it on low heat will help in soaking all the flavor of smoke. The meat already has a smoke flavor so that’s why it is important to smoke it on low heat and for a limited time only in this case you can smoke it for 1.5 hours on the preheated smoker at 225 degrees F.

Place ham on the grill grates and put it in the smoker to get some tasty smoke. Close the lid of the smoker and add your favorite pellets in the smoker for your desired flavor just make sure you are using the exact smoke flavor the on which has already been used to smoke the ham.

BBQ Hero Tips: When you go to buy a ham make sure it is labled as “Fully-cooked” or ” Ready to eat”. becuse they are safe to eat right out of packeg. you will find three types of hams fresh ham, cured ham and smoked ham. If you get the fresh one there are multiple ways to cure the ham but the most known and popular is wet cured.

Braise with chicken stock

This is the part where the iron skillet comes into action. put the smoked hams in the iron skillet and add chicken stock to the hams. take aluminum foil and use it to cover the top of the iron skillet and the ham. This will keep all the essential moisture in it.

Now Take the lid and close the iron skillet properly, at the moment increase the temperature of the smoker to 300 degrees F. Continue cooking until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 140 degrees F this is where the meat thermometer comes in to help. The cooking time should be approx 2 hours.

Prepare the Glaze

Till the ham is getting prepared it is time to get the ham glaze ready. take a sauce pan and put in all the glaze ingredients now cook it over medium heat. take a whisk and stir it frequently, do this until it comes to the boiling point remove from the heat when the glaze reaches the boiling point.

Glaze the ham

Once your smoked ham is ready take it out of the smoker carefully remove the aluminum foil and drain out all the excess liquid present in the cast iron skillet and put it aside for later use. Now take the ham and turn it sideways now apply the brown sugar and honey glaze which you prepared generously on the sides of the ham.

High Broil Time

After glazing the ham amply it is now time to put the smoked ham into the oven for a few minutes, or just till the glaze begins to caramelize it would take around 2-3 minutes to get the glaze bubbly.

Serve and Enjoy

Your double smoke ham is ready to be served once out of the oven, you can serve it with the drippings from the iron skillet. this recipe is a holiday classic and the perfect snack for the holiday celebration.

Double Smoked Ham
Double Smoked Ham

Double Smoked Ham FAQs

If you are making this recipe for the first time then there would be a lot of questions in your mind related to this Double smoked ham recipe. it may sound hard to make this amazing recipe but it is extremely easy and simple. so let’s just clear up some of the most common questions people ask when they try to make this recipe.

What ham should you get?

The most common types available for this recipe are spiral, sliced, and pre-smoked hams. their weight should be around 8 pounds which are easily available in any supermarket. The cooking time also depends upon the size and weight of the ham. the time mentioned above in the recipe is for the 8 pounds of meat.

But if your ham is more or less in weight it would take time accordingly. if the weight is less the ham would take less time to cook and if the weight is more it would definitely take more time.

Can non-spiral-sliced ham be used to make this?

Yes for sure you can use non-sliced ham to make this recipe. The guidelines mentioned in the recipe are quite similar for both sliced and non-sliced ham. But the non-sliced ham would take a little more time to reach the specific temperature than the pre-sliced.

Can the oven be used to make double smoked ham?

Ovens can be used to make this double smoked ham. the procedure to make the ham would be almost the same as if you would cook it on the smoker but you will miss out on so much flavor. As it won’t be double-smoked ham anymore.

What are the substitutes for the chicken stock?

There are soo many things which can be used as substitutes for the chicken that all merely depends upon your taste and choice. some of the most commonly used are apple juice, apple cider vinegar, soda, and white whine.

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