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Traeger Smoked Glazed Ham

This Traeger Smoked Ham is drizzled in a homemade honey, pineapple, and brown sugar glaze for ultimate flavor. Grab your bone-in or boneless spiral-sliced, cured, and pre-cooked ham. This can be made with any smoker or pellet grill for Thanksgiving, the holidays, or any occasion!

ham on a Traeger pellet grill brushed with honey brown sugar glaze

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We typically enjoy ham for any holiday but especially for Christmas and Easter. Move over Honey Baked Ham, because the smoky flavor here is so much better!

What Type of Ham to Use

Start with whether you plan to buy a fresh ham or a cured, smoked, and pre-cooked ham. Fresh hams aren’t that common. Most people prefer cured hams, so that’s what you will typically find in grocery stores, especially around the holidays. Once purchased all you need to do is reheat and add an amazing glaze!

I like to use bone-in hams because they have more flavor. You can also use the leftover ham bone can be used in other recipes to add flavor, like my Slow Cooker Crockpot Ham and Potato Soup.

If you aren’t a fan of carving, spiral-sliced hams work great! They are also a time saver. The smoked ham is placed on a spit and rotated against a blade while moving lengthwise so it’s sliced in a spiral, right to the bone. You will still have to cut along the bone to remove your slices, but the hard part is already done and the presentation is beautiful. The slices fall right off the bone.

When buying ham, be sure to read the labels. Some hams are artificially plumped up with water or solutions, but this dilutes the flavor. Look for one with no added water or juices. The label should just read “ham” — not Ham, water added or Ham with natural juices. Check out this complete guide to buying hams.

ham on a Traeger pellet grill

How to Score the Ham

Hams are really thick, so scoring a ham before you cook it is necessary in order to help the ham glaze penetrate into the meat. Scoring will also make the ham gorgeous and very presentable. You will make diagonal cuts into the ham.

I don’t score spiral sliced hams because they are already cut and you can baste the glaze into the cut sections of the meat.

While scoring, use a sharp knife and a cutting board. Start at one end of the ham, and near the bottom cut about 1/3 of an inch into the ham and in a complete line across.

Continue to make similar cuts and lines about an inch apart.

Turn the ham and repeat the diagonal lines to form a criss cross pattern.

How to Make the Glaze

I like to use a combination of the juices from the ham when it cooks, pineapple juice, brown sugar or brown sweetener, honey, cinnamon, ground cloves, and cornstarch (as a thickener) to make the glaze. Combine the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove until thick.

pineapple juice, brown sugar, honey, cornstarch, cinnamon, and cloves in separate bowls
ham glaze in pan

How to Make Traeger Smoked Ham

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Place the ham directly on the smoker, cut-side down.
  2. Smoke for 90 minutes to 2 hours.
  3. Adjust the heat on the smoker to 350 degrees.
  4. Glaze the ham with the homemade glaze.
  5. Continue to smoke the ham until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
ham on a Traeger pellet grill brushed with honey brown sugar glaze

Double Smoking

Double-smoked ham is a ham that was purchased from the store and labeled smoked (so it’s already been pre-smoked) and then you smoke it again on your smoker or pellet grill. This is my preferred method mainly because the majority of the hams I see in stores and Costco are labeled smoked.

Double-smoked ham has so much flavor. When paired with my homemade glaze, the dish is out of this world.

ham on a Traeger pellet grill

Cook Time/How Long to Smoke

I like to start out smoking the ham low and slow so the smoky flavor really penetrates the meat. I smoke it first for 90 minutes to 2 hours and then turn up the heat a bit and smoke it until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

Smoker Temperature

I like to start with the temperature low at 225 degrees for a couple of hours, which will allow the smoke flavor to penetrate the meat. Then I turn the temperature up to 350 degrees until the ham reaches 145 degrees internal temperature.

ham on a Traeger pellet grill

What Pellet Flavor to Use

Apple, cherry, maple, mesquite, or the Traeger Signature Blend will work great.

Let the Ham Rest Before Slicing

Let the turkey stand for 15-20 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to set.

How Much Ham Should You Estimate Per Person

Estimate about ½ pound per person.

Traeger smoked ham sliced on a plate with pineapples and cherries

Can You Make it Ahead?

You can make the ham up to 3-4 days in advance if preferred.

How to Store it

The ham can be stored in the fridge tightly sealed and covered for up to 3-4 days.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze leftovers (tightly sealed) for 1-2 months for optimal freshness. This is for quality only, as frozen hams remain safe to eat indefinitely.

Traeger smoked ham sliced on a plate with pineapples and cherries

More Ham Recipes

Southern Baked Ham with Pineapple
Ham Potato and Vegetable Soup
Ham and Cheese Panini
Air Fryer Honey Glazed Ham
Ham Hocks and Beans

More Traeger and Smoker Recipes

Traeger Smoked Bacon
Traeger Smoked Turkey Breast
Smoked Mac and Cheese

Traeger Smoked Salmon
Traeger Smoked Chicken Breast
Smoked Salsa

Traeger Smoked Ribs (3-2-1 Method)
Traeger Smoked Chicken Wings
Smoked Lobster Tail
Traeger Smoked Whole Chicken
Traeger Smoked Brisket

ham on a Traeger pellet grill brushed with honey brown sugar glaze
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Traeger Smoked Glazed Ham

This Traeger Smoked Ham is drizzled in a homemade honey, pineapple, and brown sugar glaze for ultimate flavor. Grab your bone-in or boneless spiral-sliced, cured, and pre-cooked ham. This can be made with any smoker or pellet grill for Thanksgiving, the holidays, or any occasion!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword smoked ham, smoking a ham, Traeger smoked ham
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Calories 405kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees.
  • Place the ham directly on the smoker, cut-side down.
  • Smoke for 90 minutes to 2 hours. I typically do 2 hours for ultimate flavor.
  • Place a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the brown sugar or sweetener, honey, all of the pineapple juice from the can, cinnamon, and ground cloves.
  • Stir for 3-4 minutes until the sweetener has melted.
  • Add the cornstarch and water to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry mixture to the glaze. Stir as you pour and add it in slowly. Stir until the glaze thickens.
  • Adjust the heat on the smoker to 350 degrees.
  • Glaze the ham with the homemade glaze.
  • Continue to smoke the ham until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
  • Allow the ham to rest for at least 20 minutes prior to slicing. If you plan to serve it later, wrap it in foil.

Notes

You can smoke a ham of any size. You may have to smoke it longer until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
You can use any bone-in or boneless ham.
If the glaze still needs thickening you will repeat the steps of mixing equal parts cornstarch and water and add it to the glaze until it reaches your desired thickness. 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 0.5pound | Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 19g
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Recipe Rating




Justine

Thursday 8th of December 2022

I'm obsessed with my Traeger - always looking for new recipes to try in it. This is seriously one of the best tasting hams I've ever had. Can't wait to make it again for Christmas!

staysnatched

Thursday 8th of December 2022

Perfect for Christmas!

Shadi

Thursday 8th of December 2022

So delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

staysnatched

Thursday 8th of December 2022

You’re welcome!