Traeger Smoked Ham Recipe

Last Updated on July 26, 2022 by Anne-Marie

This easy Traeger smoked ham recipe shows you how to cook a ham on your pellet-smoker grill. This method produces a gorgeous glazed ham that tastes amazing.

Traeger smoked ham on a wooden cutting board with serving utensils, napkins, and garnish.

Why this recipe works

You’ve probably wondered if you can smoke a holiday ham on your Traeger grill.

You sure can! This is a great way to cook your holiday meals no matter what the weather is outside.

It’ll be such a hit that you’ll never buy one of those expensive honey-baked hams again.

(Looking for more holiday ham recipes? Check out my Easy Crockpot Spiral Ham Recipe – Slow Cooker Ham without Brown Sugar.)

Wondering what kind of grill is best for you?

Check out my The Best Smoker Grill Guide or my electric pellet smoker review for online buys for the best wood pellet grill and smoker.

Find more Traeger recipes here.

Sliced spiral cut ham with metal serving utensils on a wooden cutting board.

Ingredients

● bone-in spiral cut ham

● apple cider vinegar

Easy Maple Glaze

● dark brown sugar

● maple syrup

● apple cider vinegar

● mustard

● Worcestershire sauce

● ground cloves

How to make this recipe

Yes, the spiral-cut ham you bought at the grocery store is already cooked and smoked. But cooking it on your Traeger adds extra smoke flavor and a delicious maple glaze. The incredible flavor is totally worth the effort!

1. Preheat your Traeger smoker to 250 degrees f.

Cooking a spiral cut ham on a pan placed on a Traeger smoker pellet grill.

2. Place the whole ham, cut side down, into a large pan. (You can use a large baking sheet or disposable aluminum roasting pan to cook the entire ham in the smoker.)

3. Place the pan in your smoker directly on the grill grates. Cook for one hour.

4. After one hour, baste the ham with the apple cider vinegar every 30 minutes until the ham has an internal temperature of 135 degrees F.

Use a quality instant-read meat thermometer, so you don’t overcook the ham. Place the meat probe on the top of the ham near but not touching the large bone.

6. When the ham is almost done cooking, prepare the glaze in a small saucepan or cast-iron skillet. Place all of the glaze ingredients in the saucepan. Cook on the smoker for 10-15 minutes, stirring with a whisk, until the brown sugar dissolves.

Using a basting brush to apply glaze to a spiral cut bone in ham on a pan placed inside a pellet smoker grill.

7. Use a silicone basting brush to brush the ham with a thick coat of maple glaze on the outside of the ham. Then cook for 15 minutes or until the ham reaches an internal temperature of the ham reaches 140 degrees F.

8. Remove the ham from the smoker and place it on a cutting board. Tent it with aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.

9. Serve immediately with the reserved drippings on the side, if desired.

10. Refrigerate any leftover ham in an airtight container.

FAQs

What type of ham?

This recipe calls for a pre-sliced, spiral-cut, fresh ham in the 8-pound range.

The best bang for your buck is a bone-in ham. You don’t want a pricey boneless ham.

How long will it take to cook?

The cook times in this recipe are for an 8-pound ham.

If your ham is smaller, it will reach 140 degrees F in less time. Larger hams will take longer cook time on your pellet smoker.

Sliced cooked spiral cut bone in ham with parsley garnish.

What are the best wood pellets for smoking ham?

Many people prefer sweeter woods in their pellet grill smoker:

Applewood pellets

Cherry wood pellets

Pecan wood pellets

You can also try these on your wood-pellet grill:

Alder wood pellets

Mesquite wood pellets

Hickory wood pellets (mix with apple or oak wood pellets)

How much smoked ham per person?

A good rule of thumb is to plan on at least 1/2 pound of delicious smoked ham per person. If you like leftovers, you can go as high as 3/4 to 1 pound of ham per person.

So an 8-pound ham can serve anywhere from 8 to 12 people, depending on if your entire family are big eaters.

Don’t forget to factor in all those side dishes, and if you want, lots of leftovers.

Can I make a keto glaze?

Yes, you can make a keto glaze. The best way is to do that with a few substitutions.

Check out my Easy Instant Pot Ham Recipe with Sugar-Free Glaze (Keto and Low Carb) for more keto and low-carb glaze recipes. (You can substitute sugar-free Swerve Sugar, Brown in the brown sugar glaze.)

Get the 30+ Best Keto Thanksgiving Recipes here.

Glazed spiral cut bone in ham on a wooden cutting board with serving utensils, cloth napkin, and a bunch of parsley.

What sides go with smoked ham?

Looking for the perfect side dish to serve alongside ham dinner? Check out 30+ Best Side Dishes to Serve with Ham Dinner. Here are just a few ideas:

Got leftovers?

There’s nothing better than leftover ham to use in everything from quiche, mac & cheese, and split pea soup. (Keep the ham shank for soups!)

You can always freeze leftover ham. Check out this best how-to guide on freezing ham for easy how-to tips.

What’s your favorite way to use up leftover holiday ham?

Yield: SERVES 8

Traeger Smoked Ham Recipe

Sliced spiral cut ham with metal serving utensils on a wooden cutting board.

This easy Traeger smoked ham recipe shows you how to cook a ham on your pellet-smoker grill. This method produces an amazing glazed ham.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 pound spiral ham
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

Easy Maple Glaze

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Preheat your Traeger smoker to 250 degrees f.
  2. Place the whole ham, cut side down, into a large pan. (You can use a large baking sheet or disposable aluminum roasting pan to cook the entire ham in the smoker.)
  3. Place the pan in your smoker directly on the grill grates. Cook for one hour.
  4. After one hour, baste the ham with the apple cider vinegar every 30 minutes until the ham has an internal temperature of 135 degrees F. Use an instant-read meat thermometer, so you don’t overcook the ham. Place the meat probe on the top of the ham near but not touching the large bone.
  5. When the ham is almost done cooking, prepare the glaze in a small saucepan or cast-iron skillet. Place all of the glaze ingredients in the saucepan. Cook on the smoker for 10-15 minutes, stirring with a whisk, until the brown sugar dissolves.
  6. Use a silicone basting brush to brush the ham with a thick coat of maple glaze on the outside of the ham. Then cook for 15 minutes or until the ham reaches an internal temperature of the ham reaches 140 degrees F.
  7. Remove the ham from the smoker and place it on a cutting board. Tent it with aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately with the reserved drippings on the side, if desired.
  9. Refrigerate any leftover ham in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 755Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 290mgSodium: 4498mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 101g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

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