Smoked Christmas Ham

Christmas is just around the corner, which means plenty more home cooking is on the way. Having a good Christmas or Yule ham recipe already in mind heading into this holiday season can help save you some hassle. So we’re going to recommend a downright delectable smoked Christmas ham recipe from our very own Bradley archives.

Along with the recipe, we’ll offer some pointers on how to make it a new family favorite.

Smoked Maple Glazed Christmas Ham

As was mentioned in the Smoked Thanksgiving Day Turkey post, there’s no better way to prepare large portions of meat than the low and slow smoking process. And ham is certainly no exception. Maple glazed smoked ham is incredible.

But why ham?

Tradition has it that this custom of eating ham prior to the new year began in the isles of Britain by the Anglo-Saxons in medieval times. “The boar’s head with apple in mouth was carried into the banquet hall on a gold or silver dish to the sounds of trumpets and the songs of minstrels.” (source). This apparently was done to implore Freyr (Norse deity) to show favor to the new year.

Duly noted. Moving forward…

Start with a precooked, spiral-cut ham that weighs between 12-14 lb. Precooked makes the smoking process quicker and easier, and the spiral-cut makes it a lot easier to serve up to guests. Don’t worry about the meat drying out. The low, slow process will allow the fat to render and you will be brushing the ham with glaze throughout the smoking process. It will turn out moist.

The Paste

Combine 2 TBSP Dijon Mustard, 2 TBSP Maple Syrup, 2 TBSP Freshly Ground Black Pepper, 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil, 1 TBSP Cider Vinegar, 1 TBSP Onion Powder, 1 TBSP Paprika and 2 teaspoons of coarse salt in a small bowl. After that, apply the paste evenly all over the ham. Then cover the entire ham in plastic wrap and refrigerate over night. The next morning, remove the ham from refrigerator and let stand at room temp for about 45 minutes.

The Grill

Time to fire up the Bradley food smoker. So, bring it to a temperature of 120 °C (250 °F) and prepare Maple flavour bisquettes for use in smoker. Cook the ham approximately 5 hours, or an hour longer to impart a smokier flavour. Some people like to mop the ham with orange juice, pear juice, Italian dressing, or wooster sauce every hour during the cooking process. Although it’s not necessary, it may be an option to consider if you like your ham especially moist.

The Glaze

For the glaze, you will combine about 2/3 cup maple syrup, 1/3 Cup Bourbon and 3 TBSP Dijon mustard in a saucepan. After that, cook over low heat for about 15 minutes. During the last hour of cooking, brush the ham generously a couple of times.

Your Christmas ham is now done! Let it stand about 15 minutes and start serving. This is where spiral-cut ham really comes in handy. It’s just easier to do.

There you have it. Looking forward to your comments.