Cherry Smoked Ham with Honey Bourbon Glaze

20 Apr
Cherry Smoked Ham with Honey Bourbon Glaze

What I’m about to give you is quite possibly one of the simplest ham, and ham glaze recipes I’ve ever done. It’s not heavily technique laden, and the hands on time is minimal. Blogging this will be more of a challenge than the actual cooking of it.

What to expect:

A mellow smoke with a gentle sweetness that plays well to the ham. Not only will this glaze bring a nice flavor to the ham, but it will give it a nice appearance.

What you will need:

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For smoking the ham.

1 5-7 lb ham

About 3 hours for smoking the ham. The glaze can be made in 20 minutes.

Grill or smoker set up for Indirect cooking

Enough charcoal for a 3 hour cook

2 or 3 mild wood chunks such as cherry, apple or oak. You can go hickory in a pinch but no stronger.


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For the glaze.

2/3 cup bourbon or whiskey
1 cup clover honey
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup 100 percent fruit orange marmalade


Begin by rinsing and drying the ham.

Let the ham come to room temperature while you set up and light your grill.

Once the grill is lit place the wood chunks on the coals, then place the ham as far from the coals as you can.

Try to maintain a cooking temperature of 225F.

If your using a grill with the indirect method turn the ham 180* every hour.

While the ham is cooking make the glaze.

Making the glaze:

Mix all the glaze ingredients together in a medium pot.

Bring to a simmer.

Once the glaze comes to a simmer, reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 15 minutes.

Glazing the Ham:

During the last hour of cook time, baste the ham every 15 minutes with the glaze.

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There ya go. That’s all there is to it. This makes a great holiday ham because it allows you to spend more time with those you love, but yet let’s you do what you love.



1 Comment

Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


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One response to “Cherry Smoked Ham with Honey Bourbon Glaze

  1. Patrons of the Pit

    April 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Oh that looks tasty, Mr Dodd. Well executed as always. Hams are at once easy, and never fail to be delicious it seems.

    I resonate with your last line. Nicely articulated!

    Take care, Mr Dodd!



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