How to Smoke a Ham for Christmas!
'Tis the season for smoked ham! And what better way to impress your family and friends than with a succulent, delectable, homemade smoked ham that you can prepare yourself? It may seem daunting initially, but with the right tools and techniques, you'll be smoking like a pro in no time. Let's get started with how to smoke a ham this Christmas!
The Smoked Ham You'll Be Talking About All Year Long!
Whether hosting a small family gathering or inviting all your closest friends, nothing quite says "Christmas" like smoked ham! This traditionally festive meal is easy to prepare and can be cooked in an electric smoker, pellet smoker, charcoal grill, or gas grill.
However, a hybrid grill from American Made Grills is the best way to smoke a ham. With our hybrid grills, you can light the hardwood with our powerful gas burners, smoke your favorite chips in one fuel tray, and easily regulate the temperature with one of the burners. So, let's get smoking!
What You Need
First, you'll need to gather all the necessary supplies. The centerpiece of your meal will be a whole bone-in ham. You'll also need some kind of smoker or grill with indirect heat (charcoal or wood is preferred) and wood chips (maple and apple are great choices). Other items on hand include an instant-read thermometer, aluminum foil, and a glaze of your choice.
Preparing the Ham
Once everything is assembled and ready to go, it's time to prepare the ham. Start by trimming excess fat outside the ham and removing any remaining skin. Next, score the surface of the ham in diagonal lines about one inch apart so that it can absorb more flavor when it cooks. Finally, rub some oil into each cut and season generously with a mix of spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, cumin—whatever suits your fancy!
Smoking Your Ham
When your ham is prepped and seasoned to perfection, it's time to start smoking! Set up your smoker or grill according to its instructions for indirect heat, and fill the water pan halfway with warm water. Once your fire has been lit and reached a temperature between 225°F - 250°F (107°C - 121°C), place your prepped ham directly on the grate. If desired, throw some wood chips onto your fire for added flavor. Smoke for 1 hour per pound until an internal temperature of 155°F (68°C) is reached. Make sure to regularly check the temperature throughout this process using an instant-read thermometer.
Add a Delicious Glaze to Your Smoked Ham
Once your ham has reached the desired temperature, it's time to glaze. Prepare your glaze according to its instructions and brush it generously over the surface of your ham. Place back into the smoker or grill for 20-30 minutes until the glaze is caramelized and slightly crisp outside. Remove from heat, and rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving your hungry guests!
Smoke a Ham on a Hybrid Grill from American Made Grills
With a hybrid grill from American Made Grills, you get a luxury grill with innovative features that will make smoking a ham easier than ever. Our grills are made with the highest quality stainless steel, and each comes with a limited lifetime warranty to ensure your satisfaction.
Muscle Hybrid Grill
The Muscle Grill gives you the versatility of a multi-fuel grill with the power of a champion, making it perfect for grilling any combination of charcoal, wood chunks, natural gas, or liquid propane. With its unique Multi-Fuel Tray System, the Muscle Grill puts inventiveness in the chef's hands thanks to its ability to adapt quickly to any fuel.
Encore Hybrid Grill
Get the same great technology as the Muscle Grill with sleek, elegant lines and 110,000 BTUs of grilling power. The Encore offers convenience by using gas or easily light solid fuels. Choose between 36 or 54 inches, depending on your needs.
Here's to a Smoky Christmas Menu!
Smoking a delicious holiday ham may seem intimidating at first, but with a bit of patience and practice, you'll be able to wow everyone at Christmas dinner this year! To take this recipe up another notch, why not add a glaze for extra flavor? With just a few simple steps, you can create an unforgettable smoked masterpiece with everyone coming back for seconds! So grab those ingredients today, and let's get smoking!
So, this holiday season, take the stress out of preparing a meal and bring home one of our hybrid grills! And don't forget to check out some of our recipes for delicious smoked hams and other meats.