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Traeger Smoked Ham

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Our Traeger smoked ham is as tasty as it is beautiful! This is a whole ham that will feed a crowd and serve as a show-stopping centerpiece for special occasions and holiday meals. The ham is covered in pineapple rings and basted with a sweet and savory pineapple glaze.

The Traeger grill (or similar wood-pellet grill) infuses a delicious smoke flavor into the meat, giving you a tender and juicy twice smoked ham that will get rave reviews from the entire family!

A smoked ham with pineapple rings and glaze.

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s the best way to turn a simple, pre-cooked ham from the grocery store into an elegant and impressive double smoked ham.

The Traeger smoker (or similar pellet grill) makes the process extra easy and frees up oven space, too. We’ve used it to smoke turkey, salmon and pork shoulder among many other cuts of meat. It also makes the most amazing smoked baked potatoes!

Why this Recipe Works

Our Traeger smoked ham with pineapple works for any type of ham as long as it’s pre-cooked. That includes bone-in ham, boneless ham, or spiral-cut ham. It is especially great for spiral ham or ham that has the fat layer trimmed off.

The whole ham is covered with pineapple slices which aren’t just for incredible flavor and decor- the pineapple layer also keeps the ham insulated and prevents it from drying out while it smokes.

You’ll remove the pineapple slices at the end of the smoke time which will let the glaze caramelize and get sticky. You can thank us later!

The Ingredients

Smoky, juicy, tender ham meat is irresistible on its own, but cover it in a pineapple and brown sugar glaze and each bite is divine!

The simple glaze ingredients add a whole lot of flavor to the meat. The sauce caramelizes beautifully at the end of the cook time which leaves it deliciously sticky.

A quick note about the ham: make sure to use a pre-cooked, smoked ham for this recipe. Most hams in the United States are sold already smoked but if you get your ham from a butcher’s shop, make sure to ask if it’s smoked.

For this Traeger smoked ham recipe, you will need:

  • pineapple juice (from cans of pineapple)
  • brown sugar
  • Dijon mustard
  • soy sauce
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • butter
  • whole ham, pre-cooked (bone-in, boneless, spiral ham, etc.)
  • whole cloves (optional garnish)
  • round pineapple slices (canned- save the juices)
A freshly smoked ham.

Recipe Highlights

Traeger smoked ham is so worth the effort. We’re sharing the steps below but be sure to check out the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page for all of the details.

Adding pineapple glaze to a saucepan.

The first thing is to preheat your pellet smoker. In a sauce pan, combine the ingredients for the pineapple glaze.

Stirring butter into the pineapple glaze.

Simmer the mixture to reduce it a bit then stir in the butter. Set the glaze aside while you prep the meat and salivate over the idea of a double smoked ham.

Sliding a knife under the rind of a ham.

If your ham has a rind, run a sharp knife under the edge of it and slide your fingers underneath to pull it off. Skip this step if the skin was already removed when you purchased the ham.

Peeling the rind off of a ham.

If your ham has a layer of fat, keep it on (it will provide insulation). But don’t worry if there isn’t a layer of fat, the pineapple slices will also insulate the ham.

Scoring the fat layer on a ham.

Make shallow cuts across the fat surface of the ham in a criss-cross fashion. (If using a spiral cut ham, skip this step.)

Placing cloves in a ham.

Push the cloves down into the ham, spaced out about 1 inch apart.

This is an optional step. It infuses the ham with a hint of clove flavor. However, if you don’t remove the cloves later, biting into one at dinner time is not enjoyable.

Using toothpicks to stick pineapple rings on a ham.

Place the ham in a baking pan or sheet pan and cover it with the pineapple slices, using toothpicks to hold them into place.

We overlapped the pineapple slices to get as many on the ham as possible.

Brushing glaze over a ham prior to putting it in the pellet grill.

Use a basting brush to baste the top of the ham with the glaze.

The glaze will soak into the pineapple slices and seep down into the slits of the ham.

A ham covered in pineapple rings on the traeger grill.

Transfer to your Traeger grill and smoke, basting every 30 minutes with the glaze. Remove the pineapple rings 20 minutes before the ham is done

A glazed ham on the grill of a Traeger.

Increase the heat to 450°F. Glaze the ham and cook breifly at the higher temperature for the glaze to caramelize.

Remove from the grill grates, cover with foil and let the ham rest for 15 minutes.

How Long to Smoke Ham

The time will vary depending on the size and type of ham you have. Here is a general rule of thumb, and a guideline to help you.

Type of HamTime (at 325°F)
whole, boneless ham10 to 12 minutes per pound
whole, bone-in ham15 to 17 minutes per pound
boneless, spiral cut ham7 to 10 minutes per pound
bone-in, spiral cut ham10 to 12 minutes per pound

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Tips for Success

  • Since this recipe is for a cured, pre-smoked ham (and not a raw ham) you will only need to smoke it until it’s warm in the center. The internal temperature of the ham should be 140°F to 145°F. You can monitor this with your Traeger’s meat probe or an instant read meat thermometer.
  • This easy Traeger smoked ham recipe is especially great for spiral hams. The pineapple slices will insulate the ham and help prevent it from drying out, which is extra easy to do with a spiral cut ham.
  • If you have a smaller ham, you will only need 1-1/2 to 2 cans of pineapple slices. Place any unused pineapple directly on the grill or in a baking sheet to smoke along with the ham.
  • Store leftover ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days or in the freezer for 4 to 6 months.

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Slicing a ham.

Enjoy this holiday ham recipe along with your favorite side dishes!

Traeger double smoked ham is especially tasty with our Sweet Potato Crunch Casserole , Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Rainbow Carrots and these fluffy Sour Cream Biscuits.

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Slicing a Traeger smoked ham.

Traeger Smoked Ham with Pineapple

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

This Traeger smoked ham gets covered in pineapple rings and glazed with a sweet and savory pineapple sauce. The result is a tender and juicy double-smoked ham that is packed with flavor. 

This recipe works with any pre-cooked ham: bone-in, boneless, or spiral-cut ham. It is especially great with spiral-cut hams or ham that has the fat layer trimmed off.

The pineapple slices provide insulation and prevent the ham from drying out while it smokes. Removing the pineapple slices at the end of the smoke time will let the glaze caramelize and get sticky. 

Ingredients

Pineapple glaze

  • 2-½ cups pineapple juice, reserved from cans of pineapple
  • 2-½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 3 tablespoons butter

For the ham

  • 8 to 10 pound ham
  • ¼ cup whole cloves (optional)
  • 3 cans (20 ounces) pineapple slices (save the juices)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Traeger to 325°F. 
  2. Add the pineapple juice, brown sugar, Dijon, soy sauce, cinnamon, salt, and cloves to a medium saucepan. Simmer the sauce over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until slightly reduced. Remove from heat and stir in the butter. 
  3. If your ham has a rind, run a knife under the edge of the rind then slide your fingers under the skin and pull it off. It usually comes off with very little effort but you may need to loosen it more with a knife. 
  4. If your ham has a layer of fat, don’t trim it as the fat will keep the ham insulated and moist. You can trim the fat when it is finished smoking. Make shallow cuts across the fat surface of the ham about 1 inch apart in a criss cross fashion to make a diamond pattern. You can skip this step if you are using a spiral cut ham. 
  5. If you are using whole cloves, push them into the ham, spacing them about 1-inch apart. 
  6. Place the ham in a baking pan or on a sheet pan and cover it with the pineapple slices. Use toothpicks to hold the pineapple in place but do not push the toothpicks all the way into the ham. 
  7. Baste the ham with the glaze and place it in the Traeger. Smoke for 2 to 3 hours depending on the weight of the ham (see notes below). Baste the ham every 30 minutes with the glaze.
  8. Twenty minutes before the ham finishes, remove the pineapple rings. Increase the heat to 450°F. Glaze the ham again and cook 20 to 25 minutes until caramelized. 
  9. Remove the ham from the Traeger, cover it with aluminum foil, and let it rest for 15 minutes 

Notes

  • Boneless hams will take 10 to 12 minutes per pound. Whole, bone-in hams will take 15 to 17 minutes per pound. Boneless spiral cut hams take 7 to 10 minutes per pound. Bone-in spiral cut hams take 10 to 12 minutes per pound.  
  • Since this recipe uses a cured, pre-smoked ham, you only need to smoke the ham until it is warm in the center. Some cooks only heat the ham to an internal temperature of 120°F. We shoot for 140°F to 145°F to give the ham extra time to smoke and to meet food safety recommendations per the USDA. 
  • Since spiral cut hams have a tendency to dry out easily, this recipe is excellent for spiral hams because the pineapple slices will insulate the ham and prevent it from drying out while it smokes. 
  • We remove the pineapple slices at the end of the smoke time because they insulate the ham so well that it doesn’t let the glaze caramelize evenly. They also insulate the fat layer (if your ham has one) and prevent the fat from rendering down. 
  • If you have a smaller ham, you will only need 1-½ to 2 cans of pineapple slices. You can place any unused pineapple slices on the grill or on the baking sheet to smoke along with the ham.
  • Use a smoked ham for this recipe. Most hams in the United States are sold already smoked but if you purchase your ham from a butchers shop, ask if it is smoked.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 2389mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 51g

Nutrition information is a guideline only. It is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandson or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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