Smoked Spiral Ham is the perfect holiday recipe! It’s easy to make and bursts with a smoky, savory flavor. Don’t settle for a dry, bland ham when you can have something as juicy and flavorful as this delicious spiral cut ham with a maple bourbon sticky sweet glaze.

Overhead close up of smoked ham slices on a cutting board.

This is the perfect centerpiece for Christmas dinner. But be careful; you’ll be on ham duty for the next ten-plus years if you serve this at your family holiday party.

What is Smoked Spiral Ham

Spiral ham is thinly sliced pre-cooked ham you can reheat and serve. It’s typically bought and served for holiday meals like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinner. In this case, we will double-smoke the ham to make it delicious for serving. Cooking it low and slow will prevent the ham from drying out and lock in that fantastic smoky taste. Then we baste it with a lovely ham glaze for additional flavor.

Why You’ll Love Smoked Spiral Ham

The great thing about this Double Smoked Spiral Ham is that it’s rather easy to make. You don’t need to be a Michelin-star chef to make this excellent holiday ham — just follow the step-by-step recipe. Also, you’ve probably had your fair share of dry, flavorless holiday hams, but this Smoked Spiral Ham retains so much flavor, and juiciness, and the maple glaze is mouth-watering. You won’t need to drench it in gravy to make it worthwhile. Instead, this recipe locks in the great flavor and gives you a blast of smoky maple bourbon flavor in every bite.

Ingredients for smoked spiral ham

Smoked Spiral Ham Ingredients

For the smoked spiral ham

  • Spiral Cut Ham
  • Mustard
  • GirlsCanGrill PK Pork Spice Blend 
  • OvertheFireCooking Maple Bourbon Spice Blend 
  • Bourbon

For the easy ham glaze:

  • Maple syrup
  • Bourbon
  • Fig Chili Preserves (or your favorite preserves, anything with a little sweet and heat is a great combo!)
Close up of slices of smoked ham on cutting board.

How to Make Smoked Spiral Ham

Prep the Smoker

The first step is to set your pellet smoker to 250 degrees F. Make sure the auger is full of pellets, and if using, add a smoker box or tube for extra smoke flavor! We love cherry wood chops, maple, or pecan smoking wood chips for this recipe.

Prep the ham

Next, remove the ham from the package and pat dry. Finally, throw away the packaging materials and packaged ham glaze packet. 

Then, rub the outside of the ham with the mustard and season liberally with the spice blends. 

Place the whole ham on a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. 

Smoke the Spiral Ham

Place the baking sheet on the preheated smoker and add the bourbon to the bottom of the pan. 

Smoke the ham for 3 to 3 ½ hours until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F with a reliable meat thermometer

Smoke the ham.

Make the maple bourbon glaze

Meanwhile, whisk the ham glaze ingredients together in a small saucepan. 

Reduce by half over medium-low heat to create a thick but spreadable syrup. Set your glaze to the side and keep it warm until you’re ready to use it. 

With a basting brush, baste the ham every 15 minutes after 2 hours of smoking. 

Rest and Serve

When the smoked spiral sliced ham is done cooking and has reached 140F internally, remove the baking sheet from the grill and tent the ham with aluminum foil. 

Place ham on the counter and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before serving. 

To serve, follow the spiral serrations already on the ham and portion out slices. 

Garnish your ham with fresh rosemary and thyme, and serve the reserved maple bourbon glaze on the side for anyone who wants more. 

Hand basting spiral ham on smoker with glaze.

What to Serve With Smoked Spiral Ham

Traeger Spiral Ham honestly goes with anything. Serve it with:

Or anything else you like to see on your holiday table!

How do you store leftover double smoked ham?

Who doesn’t love leftover ham? This twice-smoked spiral ham goes with everything and makes your next couple of lunches easy. To store your leftover ham, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for 3-5 days.

We love sneaking in and grabbing one of the pre-sliced portions and piling them on leftover biscuits for quick bites!

Overhead shot of holiday dinner table with sliced smoked ham and cranberry sauce, garnished with oranges, herbs and pomegranates.

How do you reheat Smoked Spiral Ham for leftovers?

To reheat your leftover ham, place it on a baking sheet and stick it in the oven at 350 degrees f until it’s warm. Then, if you’re in a hurry, you can pop individual slices in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. Or reheat individual slices as ham steaks for grilled ham steaks or glazed ham steak dinners!

Once the entire family has devoured all the sliced ham, remove the rest from the bone and portion for later. You can use the ham bone in stocks or for added flavors in beans and greens.

Dice up any leftover smoked ham and store it in ziplock bags. Use the leftovers for

And pretty much anywhere you can think to use it!

FAQs

How to cook a spiral ham in the smoker?

Wondering how to smoke a ham? Set your pellet smoke to 250F, prep your ham, place it on a baking sheet, and put it in the smoker and close the lid. Allow it to cook for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours until it’s heated to an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. If you want more detailed instructions, follow our recipe below. We walk you through the entire smoking process.

How long does it take to cook a spiral ham?

It depends on the size of your ham and the temperature you are cooking. For example, an 8-pound ham will take about 3 – 3.5 hours at 250 degrees F; Or about 15 minutes per pound in the pellet smoker.
Essentially, you’re reheating an already cooked hunk of meat so you are going for warm enough to serve, not food safety, which is about 140 degrees F with a digital thermometer.

How many pounds of ham per person for serving?

When picking a ham to serve a large group, plan on about 1/2 pound per person for a bone-in ham or 1/3 pound per person for boneless ham – bone-in is heavier than boneless. So if you are serving 15 people, you’d need a 5-pound boneless ham or an 8-pound bone-in ham).

There’s nothing like cutting into a Traeger Smoked Ham on Christmas Day. So next time you need an easy holiday meal or a delicious Sunday dinner, give this double-smoked ham a try; it will rock your world.

MORE DELICIOUS SMOKED HOLIDAY RECIPES

Smoked Spiral Ham with Maple Bourbon Glaze

5 from 14 votes
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 3 hrs 30 mins
Resting Time: 10 mins
Total: 3 hrs 55 mins
Servings: 15
When it comes to our favorite holiday recipes, this Traeger spiral ham is at the top of our list! It's so easy to make and basted with a quick ham glaze it's a meal the entire family loves!

Recommended Equipment

  • pellet smoker or grill

Ingredients  

For the smoked spiral ham

  • 8 lbs Spiral sliced ham bone in
  • 3 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp GirlsCanGrill PK Pork Spice Blend
  • 1 tbsp OvertheFireCooking Maple Bourbon Spice Blend
  • ½ cup Bourbon

For the easy ham glaze:

  • 1/2 cup Maple syrup We use Choczero syrup to keep it keto
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon
  • 1/4 cup Fig chili preserves or your favorite preserves

Instructions 

Prep the Smoker:

  • Set your pellet smoker to 250 degrees F. Make sure the auger is full of pellets and if using, add a smoker box or tube for added smoke flavor.

Prep the Ham:

  • Remove the ham from the package and pat dry. Throw away the packaged ham glaze.
  • Rub the ham with the mustard and season liberally with the spice blends on all sides.
  • Place the ham on a wire rack in on a rimmed baking sheet.

Smoke the Spiral Ham:

  • Place the baking sheet on the preheated smoker and add the bourbon to the bottom of the pan.
  • Smoke the ham for 3 to 3 ½ hours until the ham reaches and internal temperature of 140 degrees F with a meat thermometer.

Make the Maple Bourbon Glaze:

  • Meanwhile, whisk the ham glaze ingredients together in a small pot.
  • Reduce by half over medium-low heat to create a thick but still spreadable syrup.
  • Keep warm.

Glaze the Ham:

  • Baste the ham every 15 minutes after 2 hours of smoking.

Rest:

  • When the ham has reached 140F internally, remove the baking sheet from the grill and tent the ham with foil.
  • Allow it to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve:

  • To serve, follow the spiral serrations already on the ham and portion out slices.
  • Garnish with fresh rosemary and thyme and serve the reserved maple bourbon glaze on the side for anyone who wants more.

Notes

Spiral ham is already cooked, so technically you are reheating it (or double smoking it) to 140 degrees F just to make it delicious for serving)
We love adding a blend of wood chips to the smoker for this cook. We use maple and cherry or maple and oak for added depth of flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 679kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 2908mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, barbeque
Author: Kita Roberts
Keyword: smoked spiral ham

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