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Double Smoked Ham Steaks

Thanksgiving isn’t the same without double smoked ham and these double smoked ham steaks take things to a better place in my opinion. Each piece can be seasoned and smoked for an even better eating experience.
Course Entree
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4 -6
Author Jeff Phillips

Ingredients

  • 4-6 ham steaks (about ½ inch thick)
  • Cooking oil
  • Jeff’s rub (purchase recipes here)
  • Cranberry glaze (recipe/instructions below)

Instructions

Slice the Steaks

  • You can purchase the ham steaks already sliced into ½ inch pieces or you can do it yourself. I recommend purchasing them already sliced or asking your butcher to do it for you. Their meal slicer will make quick work of it.

Season the Ham Steaks

  • Lay the ham steaks in a Bradley rack or even a cookie sheet.
  • Brush some cooking oil on the top side to help the rub to stick. You can also use yellow mustard if you are so inclined.
  • Sprinkle some of Jeff’s rub on the top side of the ham steaks.
  • The ham steaks are now ready to go into the smoker.

Smoke the Ham Steaks

  • Setup the smoker for cooking at about 225°F for about 1 hour.
  • Place the Bradley racks with the ham steaks onto the smoker grate or lay the ham steaks onto the smoker grate (rub side up).
  • Let the ham steaks cook smoke for about 30 minutes then spoon on some of the cranberry glaze (instructions below) and spread it out all over the top of the ham steaks.

Make the Cranberry Glaze

  • Ingredients: 12 oz package of cranberries (fresh or frozen), 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1-½ teaspoons orange peel (grated)
  • Place cranberries and sugar in a food processor or blender. Chop cranberries coarsely.
  • Put sugar/cranberry mixture into a medium saucepan.
  • Add 1 cup of water and grated orange peel and bring to a boil stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat and simmer stirring occasionally until mixture is reduced to about 2-1/3 cups (about 10-12 minutes).
  • Allow glaze to cool slightly before using.
  • (optional) I wanted the glaze to not be coarse and chunky so I put it back into the food processor until it was smooth.

Put Glaze on Ham Steaks & Finish Smoking

  • Continue cooking/smoking ham for an additional 30 minutes after you put the glaze on the ham.
  • Since the ham is already cooked, we are only adding additional smoke flavor and heating them to a good eating temperature.
  • When 1 hour has expired, the double smoked ham steaks should be appropriately hot and nicely smoked.
  • Place the double smoked ham steaks under the broiler for a couple of minutes to caramelize the glaze just a little. Watch it carefully so that it does not burn.

Alternative Options:

  • Brush my barbecue sauce on the ham about 30 minutes into the cook time.
  • Use your favorite jelly or jam on the ham about 30 minutes into the cook time.
  • Honey and/or maple syrup is always great as a glaze on ham
  • Serve the ham right away or keep it covered and warm until dinner.