Peach Jalapeno Glazed Ham
Peach Jalapeno Ham Glaze
- 1 Bone In Butt Portion or Shank Portion Ham
- 2 Tbsp Your Favorite Sweet BBQ Rub
- 1 Cup Peach Jalapeno Jam
- 3/4 Cup Apple Juice
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- Season the ham with an even layer of your favorite sweet BBQ rub. Cook the ham on your smoker at 250 degrees F until it reaches an internal temperature of 115-120 degrees F.
- As the ham is smoking, prepare the glaze. Mix together the jam, apple juice, and brown sugar until smooth.
- When the ham reaches about 115-120 degrees F, use about half of the glaze, to glaze the ham on the smoker. Close the lid and let cook for about 20 minutes more.
- Use the remaining glaze and glaze the ham again. Let the ham cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
When I think of Christmas food, generally I think of Ham and Cheesy Potatoes. I used to picture just the generic holiday ham with a glaze lacking unique flavors. Now that I’ve started to cook my own ham for a few years, I’ve learned a few tricks that help step up the holiday ham game. Some would say it’s crazy to smoke a ham, because they are already smoked before they are packed. Yeah that’s true, but most of you should know that I’m pretty crazy by now. Oh well.
If you want your ham to step up in flavor, throw it in the smoker again. Yes, it comes pre-smoked from the plant, but putting it in your own smoker will add a great flavor to help step it up. Most of the flavor that comes from a store-bought ham comes from the cure and seasoning. That’s great and all, but it needs more help. Nobody wants to feel like they are licking the ground at the Great Salt Lake Salt Flats. Ew.
The best companion that you can add to your salt flavors, is a nice sweet flavor. And when I add sweet flavors, I like to throw in a little bit of spice to it. I’m not talking about burning your tongue off like you were sucking on a piece of hot chocolate. I’m talking about the beautiful flavor of jalapeno peppers, with just a touch of heat to make those taste buds dance. I said dance, not scream. Remember that!
Another secret to good ham, is making sure to use the right cut of ham. Most holiday ham is spiral cut. I personally hate spiral cut ham. Some say it’s easier to deal with because it is pre-cut, but for me, it seems to dry out faster, and still ends up being tough to cut off the bone. To make things easier, I don’t buy spiral cut ham. That way I can cut it myself. My favorite cut to use is the butt portion. It’s got great fat and moisture content. I won’t buy anything else. If you can’t find a butt portion, try and find the shank portion. It’s also super delicious!
For this recipe, I like to use our homemade Peach Jalapeno Jam. Any kind of jam that you like will work though. I’m seen raspberry, cherry, apricot, and so much more. Do what makes you happy! I recommend that you find a great fruit and pepper jelly or jam at the local grocery store, or market. Not only is it great with a grilled cheese sandwich, it’s the secret to this delicious ham glaze! Trust me, just whip this recipe up. You will have no regrets! Enjoy!