Smoked Ham

I know a lot of you like a good smoked ham for Christmas or Easter, so I'm going to tell you how to smoke hams on your BBQ smoker. The thing with smoked hams is, they are already cured and/or smoked before you buy them. A ham is the entire back leg of the hog. There is also something called a picnic ham which is the uvirginia smoked hampper portion of the front leg which is just below the Boston butt. If you are cooking a butt or fresh picnic ham or even a fresh ham, just slow smoke it according to the directions in the book "Competition BBQ Secrets" .

Since hams are already cooked and/or cured by definition, all you really need to do is reheat them.

There are basically 5 different types of hams:
  • fresh uncured (just smoke it like a picnic ham or butt)
  • cured brined
  • canned but not pasteurized
  • canned and pasteurized
  • dry cured or Virginia smoked ham

To prepare a Virginia smoked ham or dry cured ham, do the following..

1) Wash the smoked ham with a brush to remove as much of the salt as possible.
2) In a large container, cover the ham with cold water and let it stand for 12 hours. Preferably do this in the refrigerator.

Reheating on your BBQ smoker directions:

  • These directions are good for any kind of pre-cooked or cured ham that just needs to be reheated.
  • Preheat your smoker to 325 deg F.
  • After rinsing, score your ham in a criss cross pattern. A clean box cutter or sheet rock knife set to the proper depth is a good tool for this job. About a 1/4 inch will do.
  • Apply your favorite glaze liberally all over the ham. I personally like a simple yellow mustard honey glaze made with equal parts honey and yellow mustard. Feel free to use your favorite ingredients like brown sugar, pineapple, etc.
  • Smoke your ham for 20-25 minutes per pound until the internal meat temperature is 155 deg F.
  • Remember... the ham is alreday smoked, so go easy on the smoke. Just a little extra to infuse your glaze with a touch of your favorite smoke flavor will do.

If you don't already have a Dual Probe Maverick thermometer, you can get one before the Holidays if you order now. We hmaverick thermometerave limited quantities, so it's first come first served. One probe is for your cooking chamber temperature and the other is for your internal meat temperature. And it's a wireless remote thermometer too. So you can sit inside in your recliner and watch football while keeping an eye on your smoker at the same time. This is a "must have" item for any half way serious barbecue enthusiast.

And don't forget about the Maverick LED BBQ light. This battery operated clip on LEd light will last maverick bbq light4-6 hours continuous or all summer long with intermittent operation.


Both these items make great Gifts!

Order NOW so you can receive your package before the Holidays!

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