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A brown sugar glazed smoked ham on a serving platter surrounded by grapes and fresh herbs.

Smoked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

This smoked ham is coated in a homemade spice rub, cooked in a smoker, then brushed with a homemade brown sugar and maple glaze. The ultimate holiday ham recipe that doesn't require any oven space!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 448kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 7 lbs bone in ham you can go larger or smaller, just adjust the cook time accordingly
  • 1/3 cup BBQ rub
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 1/4 cups apple cider divided use
  • fresh herbs and fruit for garnish
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat a smoker to 250 degrees F. Load the smoker with cherry wood chips.
  • Coat a disposable aluminum pan with cooking spray. Place the ham cut side down in the pan.
  • Sprinkle the spice rub all over the exterior of the ham. 
  • Place the pan in the smoker and cook for one hour.
  • Continue to cook the ham for another 2-3 hours, basting every 30-45 minutes with the 2 cups of apple cider. 
  • The ham is done when a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham reads 140 degrees F.
  • While the ham is smoking, make the glaze.
  • Place the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and remaining 1/4 cup of apple cider in a pan over medium heat.
  • Bring the pan to a simmer. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until glaze has just thickened.
  • Brush the glaze all over the ham. Transfer the ham to a platter. Garnish the ham with herbs and fruit if desired, then serve.


This recipe is best with my homemade BBQ rub recipe.


Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 165mg | Sodium: 681mg | Potassium: 744mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.2mg