The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s dinner menu!
Yes, we all know that turkey is usually going to be served at least on one of these holidays but didn’t everyone just have turkey on Thanksgiving? A smoked ham is a great choice to serve for the holidays and even better you can save a lot of money by buying a ham and smoking it yourself. Why pay holiday prices for a honey baked ham when you can make it yourself for a lot less!
We suggest smoking your ham this holiday season. Start off with buying a shank portion spiral ham as the bone is great for making a split pea soup or beans!
To create a honey baked ham using your smoker instead of the usual torch to get the glaze to be “honey baked”, try this recipe:
Honey Baked Ham Glaze:
½ cup Orange Juice
½ cup Apple Juice
¼ cup Brown Sugar
Mix these ingredients together over medium high heat until it reaches a low boil. Reduce the heat and stir occasionally for another 3-5 mins.
Baste the outside of your ham with the glaze and try to get some of the glaze in between the ham slices. Next blend the following ingredients:
Sugar Blend to Smoke the Ham
½ cup Brown Sugar
½ cup sugar in the raw
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp fresh ground nutmeg
Combine these ingredients and apply to the outside of the ham.
The smoker should be between 275 – 300 degrees using something other than hickory or oak in the smoker as it will give the ham an overly strong smoky taste. Place the ham on the smoker for 2 to 3 hours depending on your ham size. Ham needs to reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees before serving. Anything hotter than that, you will have one heck of a dry ham! We suggest using a meat thermometer for accuracy when checking the ham’s temperature.
Another helpful holiday hint to prepare your mashed potatoes the day before, using (1) 16 oz container sour cream and (1) 8oz bar of cream cheese in your mashed potato recipe to keep them moist. The day of your feast, put the potatoes in a crockpot in the morning on low for 4-5 hours and mix once an hour. Add milk or butter as needed to keep the potatoes a nice consistency.
All of us at Pit Stop Smokehouse wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. May your holiday season be merry and bright!