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How To Cook a Smoked Ham
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 10 mins

All of your questions about How to Cook a Smoked Ham answered plus get the recipe for our holiday Smoked Ham with Maple Spice Glaze! Naturally gluten-free and refined sugar-free!

Course: Mains
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to cook a whole ham, perfect smoked ham recipe, what is a smoked ham
Servings: 26
Calories: 170 kcal
Author: Alyssa Brantley
5 from 8 votes
whole smoked glazed ham on a serving platter ready to be sliced
  • 6 pound smoked, bone-in ham
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • handful whole cloves
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  1. Remove completely defrosted ham from fridge about 60 minutes prior to cooking. 

    Mix all ingredients except whole cloves and maple syrup in a dish and use your hands to evenly coat the ham with the spice mix.

  2. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a large roasting pan with tin foil and set aside.

    Place spice covered ham on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to make 1" diagonal slices (about 1/4" deep) into the layer of exposed fat. Repeat in the other direction to make a diamond pattern.

    using a paring knife to cut diagonal slices into a smoked ham before going into the oven
  3. Place one whole clove in the middle of each diamond.

    placing whole cloves into a whole ham before going into the oven
  4. Move ham to roasting pan and place in the oven. Bake, undisturbed for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

    smoked ham studded with whole cloves on a foil covered baking sheet
  5. Remove roasting pan and baste ham with 1/2 of the maple syrup. Return to oven and continue cooking for 15 minutes.

    basting a smoked spiced whole ham with maple syrup
  6. Remove and raise heat to 450F. Baste ham with remaining maple syrup and return to oven for an additional 15 minutes. If there are any very dark spots that you think may burn, fold a small piece of tin foil into a square and gently cover those spots.

    cooked whole smoked spiced ham covered with small pieces of tinfoil while resting

The total cooking time for a 6.5-pound ham was 2 hours and 15 minutes. The first hour and 45 minutes undisturbed, 15 minutes basted at 325F and 15 minutes basted at 450F.

You may need to adjust this slightly based on the size of your ham or how your oven performs.

A good rule of thumb is 20 to 25 minutes per lb or an internal temperature of 145F.

Allow to rest for 15 to 20 minutes, slice and Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
How To Cook a Smoked Ham
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 1256mg55%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin C 24.4mg30%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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