Smoked sweet onion honey glazed ham makes a delicious meal for a special occasion. Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter would be the perfect time for smoking a ham on a pellet smoker or Traeger grill. This honey ham recipe is juicy, boasting all kinds of rich, wonderful flavours.
Expect spicy, warm flavours from this smoked spiral cut ham along with sweetness from the smoked ham glaze. You’ll be amazed how well this recipe transforms a precooked ham.
Smoked Sweet Onion Honey Glazed Ham Ingredients
You will of course need a ham for this honey ham recipe. Choose a fully cooked, spiral cut ham which weighs around 10 pounds for the best result.
The sweetness comes from brown sugar, Vidalia onions and pineapple juice. The garlic, peppercorns, coriander, cinnamon, and bay leaves add more aromatic flavours to the ham.
The smoked ham glaze features more brown sugar along with honey, madeira wine, balsamic glaze, and sherry. I bet you can already imagine how amazing this smoked sweet onion honey glazed ham is going to taste!
How to Make this Honey Ham Recipe
Now you know what ingredients you need for smoking a ham with a smoked ham glaze, let’s take a look how to make it. Rub brown sugar all over the ham first of all. Don’t be shy with the sugar – you can (and should) use a lot!
Now put it in a roasting pan with the onions, garlic, cinnamon, bay leaves, and coriander. Add the pineapple juice and water. The next step is smoking the ham for an hour. You can then puree some of the smoked onions and then combine them with the remaining smoked ham glaze ingredients.
After simmering the glaze for the smoked spiral cut ham until it’s thick, you can pour it over the meat. Now put it back on the pellet smoker or Traeger grill for a little while longer and let it rest before you serve it. I’m sure you can imagine how incredible this is going to taste, whether you’re making it for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter.
A Closer Look at Smoked Spiral Cut Ham
Spiral ham is usually a bone-in ham which is cut into one big spiral shape to make it easier to cut and serve. The one potential problem with spiral ham is dryness because if you warm it back up it can dry out.
However, the best smoked spiral cut ham recipes feature a sweet glaze to not only add flavour but to prevent the meat from drying out.
What to Serve with Smoked Sweet Onion Honey Glazed Ham
If you’re making this honey ham recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter, you’ll already have some ideas about sides.
Consider mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sausage and cranberry stuffing, cornbread, creamed spinach, or even a Brussels sprouts feta casserole.
A Pellet Smoker or Traeger Grill is Perfect for Smoking a Ham
Although you can always warm a smoked spiral cut ham back up in the oven, that isn’t as much fun as smoking it! Pellet grills have been around since Traeger launched their first one about 40 years ago.
One reason for pellet smoker or Traeger grill popularity is this kind of grill can hold a steady low temperature for hours and hours without you having to adjust or add anything. This makes pellet smokers ideal for not only smoked sweet onion honey glazed ham but also pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and so on.
Glazed Ham FAQs
You can keep leftovers for about 4 days in the refrigerator or for a month or so in the freezer. To reheat it, only reheat as much as you’re going to serve.
About 15 minutes in the oven at 325 degrees F will warm it back up nicely without drying it out. As a rule of thumb, give smoked sweet onion honey glazed ham leftovers about 10 minutes per pound when warming it back up. Of course you can also have leftover ham chilled, in a sandwich perhaps.
You can use either kind for this recipe. I would recommend bone-in. When the bone is removed to make a ham boneless, the meat has to be reshaped a little which can affect the texture. Also, if you choose a bone-in ham, you can use the bone for a future recipe, such as ham and cannellini bean soup.
Smoked Sweet Onion Honey Glazed Ham Recipe
Smoked Sweet Onion Honey Glazed Ham
- 1 10 pound ham spiral cut, pre-cooked
- 1 Cup brown sugar
- 2 onions vidalia, sliced
- 10 Cloves garlic crushed
- 1 Teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 Teaspoon coriander seeds
- 2 cinnamon sticks broken in half
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 Cups water
- 1 Cup pineapple juice
- 1 Cup onions sliced, from above
- 1/2 Cup brown sugar
- 1/4 Cup balsamic glaze
- 2/3 Cup wine madeira
- 1/4 Cup sherry
- 1/4 Cup honey
- Preheat the smoker to 300 degrees F for 15 minutes lid closed.
- Coat ham in brown sugar. Place into a roasting pan and surround with onions, garlic, coriander, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaves. Pour in the water and pineapple juice along the sides of the ham.
- Place into the smoker for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- At the 1 hour mark, heat a saucepan over medium heat. retrieve 1 cup of sliced onions from the smoker. Add onions to a food processor and purée.
- Add puréed onions, brown sugar, madeira, sherry, and honey to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer for 15 minutes.
- Pour ¾ of the glaze over the ham. Brush remaining glaze between the slices. Smoke for 20 more minutes, or until the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F.
- Let the ham rest for 15 minutes before serving.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Whether you’re planning a meal for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter, smoked sweet onion honey glazed ham is perfect. The sweet, spicy flavour of the ham is incredible and there are so many wonderful sides that will go with such a dish. If you have any leftover ham, try these Leftover Ham, Broccoli and Cheese Crescent Cups.