Double Smoked Ham with Cherry Bourbon Glaze

Double Smoked Ham with Cherry Bourbon Glaze

Double Smoked Ham (or twice smoked ham) is a unconfined way to add wood fire smoke savor to your favorite cured ham. This Cherry Bourbon Glaze takes a Smoked Ham to the next level giving it that uneaten wow factor!

Find out how to make an incredible double-smoked ham and impress your guests for your next holiday meal.

Double Smoked Ham with a Cherry Bourbon Glaze on a serving platter

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Vindulge Recipe Highlights

  • This recipe can be used for a whole ham, carver ham, spiral-cut ham, or boneless ham.
  • Cured ham is precooked ham usually smoked without a salt brine.
  • Smoking the ham over indirect heat is substantially reheating an once cured and smoked ham giving spare flavor.
  • The simple cherry bourbon glaze is unromantic at the end of the melt to add a sweet glaze with a nice citrus, jam, and Bourbon flavor.

I wasn’t much of a ham person growing up. We had a generic screw cut ham every year for Easter and often Christmas, but it just wasn’t my thing. It unchangingly ended up dry and wearisome when cooked in the oven.

But cooking it in the smoking gives it so much widow flavor, and when you ditch the packaged glaze that comes with your grocery store ham and replace it with your own it’s off the charts! I’m increasingly than happy to reintroduce ham when into my holiday lineup with this double smoked ham.

What is Double Smoked Ham?

When learning how to smoke a ham, I think it helps to first start with what type of ham this works weightier on. The ham comes from the rear portion of the pig versus the pork shoulder. If you simply buy a ham and smoke it, you will get a very similar foible to a shoulder.

In this post, we are referring to the same cut, but one that has been wet cured and smoked already. This is what you are most likely to get when you buy a ham at the store or butcher. One that is once cured and pre-cooked. Thus why it is tabbed double smoked, or twice smoked, ham.

What is “wet cured” you may be asking?

Well there is dry cured, which is in a salt or salt and sugar philharmonic (think prosciutto as an example). And there is a wet brine. This is what you will see often in the US, which is when the ham is injected or immersed in a liquid souse and smoked.

An uncooked ham on a sheet tray
An example of a spiralized ham.

We like to buy a ham that is wet brined or cured and is a pre-cooked ham (which ways it’s been smoked once already). If sliced once for a screw ham, it will indulge glaze and rub to get into the meat and makes for an easy cut when done. But they don’t have to be pre-sliced. You can do this with a ham that is not once sliced. One of our favorite hams is from Snake River Farms (these are not pre-sliced).

In wing to the wet brining, what you will see in the store is often smoked once and pre-cooked. So by smoking to reheat a second time, we get the double smoked ham component we want for flavor.

Double Smoked Ham and Glaze Ingredients

  • Pre-Cured Ham
  • Dijon Mustard – Helps the seasoning stick to the ham and venom to the glaze.
  • Seasoning – We prefer our sweet seasoning, which is a mix of brown sugar and savory spices.
  • Cherry Jam – Wiring for the glaze. You can substitute any jam savor you like.
  • Brown Sugar – Sweetens and helps jam thicken.
  • Bourbon or Whiskey – Adds the wiring savor while still cooking out the alcohol.
  • Orange Juice – Adds a nice citrus note and complexity.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Adds venom to prevent it tasting like jam and offsets the sweetness.
  • Kosher Salt and Allspice


We’re subtracting big flavors to our ham, so we start by subtracting Dijon mustard to the outside of the ham to provide something for the rub to stick to. We then stratify with a dry rub to the top of the ham to requite it some yelp as we smoke it. This will moreover add unconfined outside flavors and a slight crunch.

seasoned ham on a sheet tray ready to go into the smoker.

Finally we finish with our sweet and savory cherry bourbon glaze, which will slightly caramelize and requite that nice widow savor to the finished ham.

How to make a Cherry Bourbon Glaze for Smoked Ham

Simply add woebegone cherry jam, brown sugar, bourbon, world cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and allspice into a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer, whisking often to let everything combine. The cherry jam will have small chunks of cherries in it, which will show up on the glaze. If you wish for a smoother glaze finger self-ruling to use a supplies processor or hand mixer to mix up the glaze so it’s smooth, not chunky. The glaze can be made in advance, then warmed up surpassing applying to the ham.

Or you can make the glaze while the ham is smoking. If you make the glaze the day surpassing it will thicken up.

Can you use a variegated savor jam? Yes you can substitute the cherry jam with any jam that you like. The spare ingredients should wastefulness the sweet and savory.

How to Melt a Fully Cooked Ham on a Smoker

  1. We use fruit wood (cherry wood preferred) and smoke at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. After coating the ham with your Dijon and dry rub, you can place the ham on a tray, like in the photo below, or directly on your grill grates. For ease of transferring we like to use a sheet tray.
Ham cooking on a smoker
Spiralized Ham with Thermoworks Smoke Unit Monitoring Temperature
  1. If you have one, place a temperature probe slantingly the bone, but not touching to monitor the internal temperature of the ham. We like using the Smoke unit by Thermoworks for a ham this size.
  2. What is important when cooking a smoked ham is keeping temps low and cooking it until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees F, and then glaze it. Glaze the ham once, then tropical the lid and protract cooking until the ham reaches 140 degrees, and then pull the ham from the smoker. If you add the glaze too soon it runs the risk of burning.
Glazing a double smoked ham with a cherry bourbon sauce
Adding glaze just prior to finished temperature.
  1. When you add it towards the end you get that nice yelp from the dry rub, and then finish with that satisfying bourbon and cherry flavor. We find this is the weightier way to smoke a ham for ultimate flavor.
  2. Once you remove the ham from the smoking immediately wield one increasingly coating of the glaze and let it set for 15 – 20 minutes. Serve warm.
Smoked Ham with Cherry Bourbon Glaze on a smoker

Wine Pairing for Double Smoked Ham

Most folks are usually enjoying a twice-smoked ham for a holiday meal with family and friends. There’s likely going to be a lot of variegated flavors in the mix, much like Thanksgiving, so we don’t need to freak out well-nigh something perfect for just the ham.

But when focusing just on the flavors of double smoking, we’ve got a lot of flavors going on here: smoky, sweet, savory. The meat itself is salty and sweet, and the glaze is bold. We’re looking to wines to stand up to this. One of my go-to wines for smoked ham is a bolder style Rosé. It truly fits the snout for all categories. But if you’re looking for something else, consider the following:

White wine can be unconfined with ham, but a bit trickier with this glaze and dry rub. But those that fit the snout include a dry-ish Riesling or Chenin Blanc.

For reds shoot for something fruity, like Beaujolais or new world Pinot Noir. With the unvigilant flavors of the glaze you can plane reach for a Zinfandel. It would be unconfined with this!

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Smoked ham resting on a platter

Frequently Asked Questions

Is double smoked ham unscratched to eat?

Yes, double smoked ham is unscratched to eat as long as it has been properly cooked and stored. It’s important to ensure that the ham has been cooked to an internal temperature of 140°F to skiver any potential bacteria.

Can I freeze double smoked ham?

Yes, double smoked ham can be frozen for later use surpassing it’s been smoked. It’s weightier to wrap the ham tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and then place it in a freezer-safe container or bag. When ready to use, indulge the ham to thaw in the refrigerator surpassing cooking or serving.

Does double smoked ham need to be cooked?

If the ham is pre cured and smoked then technically it has once reached the unscratched cooking temperature and you can enjoy cold. But if you want it to have that uneaten savor of smoke then smoking it a second time is a unconfined way. If you melt a second time be sure the ham reaches the towardly internal temperature.

What is the weightier wood for smoked ham?

Any fruit wood like world and cherry are perfect for the level of sweetness it adds to the ham. Oak and hickory work well too for increasingly of a woodsmoke flavor. We do not recommend mesquite as it is the smokiest and is scrutinizingly too intense.

How long will it take to smoke ham at 225 degrees F?

Plan 20 minutes a pound. So an 8 pound ham will take just under 3 hours plus resting time.

How long will it take to smoke ham at 250 degrees F?

Plan 15 minutes a pound. So an 8 pound ham will take 2 hours plus resting time.

Side dishes for Holiday Ham

Leftover Ideas

Leftover ham is moreover wondrous as a ham hash recipe or as a wiring to a Cuban Sandwich. Or use the ham slices for any ham sandwich. It’s moreover incredible if you make a ham groom just sub the ham in our smoked salmon groom recipe.

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This recipe was originally published in April of 2019 and updated in October 2022 with spare information and photos. The original recipe remains the same.

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Double Smoked Ham Recipe with Cherry Bourbon Glaze

Recipe for double smoked ham with cherry and bourbon glaze. Slowly smoked and finished with an wondrous cherry and bourbon sticky glaze.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 143kcal
Cost: $50.00


  • 1 10 pound bone-in ham, (We use Snake River Farms Kurobuta Ham)
  • cup Dijon mustard
  • ¾ cup dry rub

For the Cherry Glaze

  • ½ cup cherry jam
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup bourbon or whiskey
  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice


For the Glaze

  • In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add all ingredients and bring to a simmer. Protract to simmer for 10 minutes and remove. Let cool. Will thicken as it cools. Can be made in advance. Reheat slightly surpassing applying.

For Smoking the Ham

  • Preheat Smoker: Set smoking to 250 degrees Fahrenheit using fruit wood (we like cherry).
  • Season Ham: Stratify ham with Dijon mustard and liberally wield dry rub, and place into smoking on a sheet pan or in a small aluminum pan (uncovered). Insert a digital meat thermometer temperature probe if you have one.
  • Smoke Ham: Smoke at 250 until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 130 stratum Fahrenheit.
  • Glaze Ham: Glaze the ham with half the glaze. Tropical the lid and protract cooking until your internal temperature of the ham reaches 140 degrees.
  • Remove and Glaze Again: Remove from smoking and glaze the ham once increasingly with the remaining glaze. Let sit for 20 minutes and serve.



We use our Ultimate Dry Rub for this recipe.
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Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3mg
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