Double Smoked Maple Ham

A delicious double-smoked maple ham that you really need to try! This double smoked maple ham is perfect for the holidays, and the leftovers taste great in sandwiches and soups. If you are new to smoking ham, we’re here to guide you through the double smoking process. This recipe yields an amazingly delicious ham that is perfect for special events and the holidays!

What is double smoking?

Double smoking refers to taking a pre-cooked, cold smoked ham and then hot smoking to add extra flavor. This process is also called “twice smoked ham.” It is during the hot smoking phase that the ham will pick up additional smokiness, and a touch of candied coating from the baste.

plain ham
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How long to smoke a ham:

Plan on 20 minutes of smoking per pound of ham. So, if your ham is 12 pounds, that equals 240 minutes, which breaks down to 4 hours. Apply the ham glaze after the first hour or smoke time, and apply every hour after that until done. 

Best Temperature:

I recommend keeping the temperature low at 225 degrees F. Of course, you can set it for 210 degrees F. and smoke it a few hours longer. If you’re new to double smoking a ham, I recommend starting at 225 degrees. Once you get the hang of it, start experimenting with lower temps. 

Can you use an injection marinade in ham?

Yes, you can use an injection marinade in ham, but it will be much easier with an unsliced ham. An injection marinade used for ham isn’t as complex as those used in pork roasts or beef brisket. I recommend using apple juice or mild fruit juices. You can also inject the ham with dark rum or bourbon for an added kick. 

How to use an injection marinade in ham:

  1. You’ll need a meat injector. See below for our best recommendations.
  2. Make cross-hatch marks in your ham using a knife. Remember that we are not using a spiral cut ham but an unsliced ham like the one pictured above.
  3. Draw up the marinade liquid into the injector and slowly inject the contents into multiple spots in the ham. Wipe away any backflow. If using alcohol, inject about 5 to 6 areas in the ham.

Best woods for Double Smoked Maple Ham

For this double smoked maple ham, I recommend the following:

  1. Hickory: for a more robust smoke flavor, use hickory wood when double smoking your ham.
  2. Apple: This is much milder than hickory but will still give you the smoky experience.
  3. Cherry: This is another great choice. Cherry wood imparts a mild sweetness to smoked foods; it also plays well when combined with apple or hickory wood.
Smoking Wood Chips
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Do you need to use a spice rub?

No, you do not need to use a spice rub for double-smoked maple ham. It does help to have an added layer of flavor along with the maple-honey glaze. This smoked ham recipe calls for a spice rub to be applied 15-20 minutes before it goes in the smoker. 

Ingredients for Double-Smoked Maple Ham:

Pineapple-Maple Glaze for Ham
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Steps to Make Double-Smoked Maple Ham:

  • Prepare the smoker for 225 degrees F. and a smoking time of 3 hours.
  • Remove ham from wrapping and set onto a large cutting board—brush the surface with oil. Apply rub evenly to ham.
  • Place ham into the smoker, set a drip pan underneath, close the lid, and let go for an hour. Keep an eye on the temperature.
  • While ham is smoking, prepare the baste according to instructions listed in the Pineapple-Maple Ham Glaze recipe.
  • Cover saucepan and keep glaze warm before using.
  • Start basting after the first hour of smoking time. Repeat process every hour until glaze runs out or ham reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Carefully remove your double smoked maple ham from the smoker and place it onto a clean cutting board. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Carve into thin slices and serve with your favorite sides.

Menu pairings:

This double smoked maple ham will be the star of the show, and we know you’ll need the best side dishes to complement your amazing meal. Here are our suggestions!

Smoked Ham with Maple-Honey Glaze

Double Smoked Maple Ham

A delicious smoked ham with a sweet citrus, maple-honey glaze. Perfect for the holidays and those leftovers are great in sandwiches, casseroles, and soups.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: best smoked ham, double smoked ham, ham injection marinade, Holiday ham, how long to smoke ham, smoked ham, smoked ham recipe
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 9 People
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare the smoker for 225 degrees F.. and a smoking time of 3 hours.
  • Remove ham from wrapping and set onto a large cutting board.
    Brush surface with oil. Apply rub evenly to ham.
  • Place ham into smoker, set a drip pan underneath, close lid and let go for an hour. Keep an eye on the temperature.
  • While ham is smoking, prepare the baste according to Pineapple-Maple Ham Glaze recipe instructions.
    Cover saucepan and keep glaze warm before using.
  • Start basting after the first hour of smoking time. Repeat process every hour until glaze runs out or ham reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Carefully remove ham from smoker and place onto a clean cutting board. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Carve into thin slices and serve with your favorite sides.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Need an Injector for the Smoked Ham with Maple-Honey Glaze?

Ofargo Marinade Injector

Ofargo Marinade Injector

The Ofargo Marinade Injector is a classic-style syringe. The marinade is sucked up through the needle and then pushed back into the meat. The needle on this model is large enough that it shouldn’t clog. Still, make sure that your marinade is near water-thin. It is an inexpensive unit that you can purchase for around $10. It is dishwasher safe and durable enough to last for several years. The volume of this injector is small, but it will handle most jobs for a single-family.

Double Smoked Maple Ham