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Glaze or no Glaze??? Dust or no dust??? What to do with this free spiral cut ham!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by dirtsailor2003, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I picked up a free spiral cut ham that I think I will throw in the mini on Saturday. The ham comes with one of those glaze packets that I've never used. Typically make up my own concoction. I've looked around here at other recipes. Kind of was thinking about dusting it with brown sugar and spices, more like a rub but not adding it until the last hour or 45 minutes.  Just not sure. Anyone have a favorite recipe for a glaze?
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  2. I haven't used one of the packets that come with a ham in many years. So I don't remember much about it. I like to make a glaze out of honey and brown sugar. I make a few scores on the outside of a unsliced ham and add  cloves and black pepper corns. I don't think that will work with a sprial sliced ham. You might add them into the slices[​IMG].

    Happy smoken.

  3. little smokey

    little smokey Smoking Fanatic

    I just rub it (jeff's rub) at the get go and smoke it.  I will never have a ham another way unless I don't have a choice.  
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    And just where does one "pick up a free spiral sliced ham"?

    The packets that come with them are usually pretty good. Even better with the blowtorch treatment!! [​IMG]
  5. bdskelly

    bdskelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Never seen a free ham before….  I'm sure they exist. Just never seen one….


    1 - c apple juice
    1 - c orange juice I use the frozen concentrate and add only 1/2 the water.
    1- c brown sugar 
    1/2 - c honey

    For a hard candy crust take the torch you use for lighting your AMNPS and go over the ham right after you take out. 
  6. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is my favourite glaze:

    Maple Glaze

    3/4 cup maple syrup

    2 tablespoon soy sauce

    2 tablespoon packed brown sugar

    2 ½ tablespoon ketchup

    1 tablespoon cider vinegar

    1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

    1 clove garlic finely chopped

    ½ tablespoon Dijon

    ½ teaspoon salt

    I take the ham to an internal temperature of 120 F, glaze it and then take it to 140 F.

    By the way, free ham tastes better.

  7. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Free Ham is truly never free!!! It was one of those buy $$$ of food get the free ham deals. Since we buy groceries once a month it worked out to be free!

    All good looking options so far, keep them coming!
  9. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have had a few of those spiral cut hams w/o glaze, (actually its now hard here to get a ham that isn't pre-cut), and I can definitely say that without a glaze the ham dries and is like eating shoe leather!

    I am partial to Disco's maple glaze. Tried it the other day on some smoked cured ribs and I like it.

    You can't make any Maple Satsuma glaze so I won't tease ya with it.

    Long ago I  started a peach/honey glaze which is pretty wicked on ham. Its just peach preserves, honey and a dollop of my homemade BBQ sauce. Not your normal BBQ sauce, its West Texas BBQ sauce, you can stand a knife up in it, its that thick.
  10. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I tried skewers and tying it last Easter and it worked very good.

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  11. Todd

    Good idea. That's worth a point.[​IMG]

    Happy smoken.

  12. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Lots of good info so far! I was thinking along the lines of a pineapple peach glaze with a bit of heat in there. I was planning on smoking it in a tin pan to collect the juices. planning on doing Dutch's beans too, so I may just let the ham drip down into the beans, well just have to wait and see. I hope it warms up a bit. Was 5° this morning, just now at noon getting into the 20's!!! BRRRRR!!!
  13. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Case, I'll swap its 80 here and raining!
  14. A simple, not quite a glaze, I've been using for years and everyone seems to love it:

    1 can of crushed pineapples

    brown sugar

    mustard (your choice of what you want to use)

    Drain the crushed pineapples and put the juice into a sauce pan, smoosh the pineapples onto the top of the scored (or in your case, spiraled) ham.

    On medium heat add brown sugar and mustard to the pineapple juice.  Sorry, I've never measured how much of what I put in but you'll figure it out easy enough.  Once heated up it will thicken up a little.  Pour the concoction onto the ham/crushed pineapple carefully so as to not wash away your smooshing efforts from earlier.  I then baste about every 10-15 minutes for about the last hour of the cooking.

    There's just something about eating a thick ham steak with the pineapple on it.  Makes the best ham sandwiches hands down, too!
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    It's almost tee time! Few more hours, oh what to do!!! I have settled on using a glaze, and I think I will go full on new recipe and make it up as I go.

    I should mention that it is only 10° right now and the high today is supposed to be around 40°, I hope it gets there. Yesterday it topped out at BRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!
  16. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You weren't  out cooking with your polar bear buddies again were you? You can burn yourself in bad places like that.
  17. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    All great stuff.  I think Woodcutter had the best method of making sure that the slices dont dry out or loose it's moisture [ to tie it as he has done].  That is the only problem you run into with the spirals.  I've told folks to wrap spirals in foil and bake them and then the last half hour to put the glaze on. Not everyone had a smoker or knew how to tie a ham. Reinhard
  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    We'll it's done! Didn't dry out didn't tie or skewer it. I did glaze it and it all turned out fantastic!!!




    Modified version of Dutch's wicked beans. Used BBQ sauce and Serrano peppers.

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  19. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member


    Glaze, pineapple juice, peach preserves, Thai chiles.


    Fresh out of the smoker




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    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member




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