A glazed whole ham, the perfect meal for a large family. Celebrate the holidays or any day with this mouthwatering maple glazed whole ham and you’ll surely provide a festive meal to remember.
Maple Glazed Whole Ham Video Tutorial
Maple Glaze Ingredients
First, we’ll prepare the maple glaze for the ham. Here’s the ingredients you will need.
- ¼ Cup Maple Syrup
- ¼ Cup Dark Brown Sugar
- ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Honey Dijon Mustard
- 2 Tbsp Apple Juice
Place all of the ingredients in a cooking pan, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the mixture to your desired thickness.
Preparing Your Ham
Second, a whole ham is made up of the shank and butt portions. Expect a whole ham to weigh somewhere around 20 lbs, with most of it being useful. You also don’t need to do much in terms of preparation! Simply carve the signature diamond pattern (or other pattern) into the ham, and put it on the smoker!
Smoking and Glazing Your Ham
Third, for this recipe, we’re double smoking the ham, here’s how to do it.
Fire up your smoker, and prepare it for cooking close to 250ºF. You’re going to want to use a high quality reliable smoking thermometer to properly monitor the internal temperature of your meat because without one, you risk wasting your time, energy, and money by over cooking or undercooking your ham. Also helps you to correctly time your cook so that your guests are not waiting for your ham to finish.
Next, add a little Cherry wood halfway through the cook for some extra smoky flavor.
Then cook the ham to an internal temperature of 140ºF. At about 135ºF, give the ham a good coat with the maple glaze. This will give it just enough time to caramelize without burning.
Rest the ham, then slice and enjoy!