How to Smoke a Fully Cooked Ham

Are you wondering how to smoke a fully cooked ham? It’s really not that difficult, but there are a few things you need to know in order to make sure your ham turns out perfectly smoked.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps involved in smoking a ham, so you can confidently prepare this delicious dish at home.

Here are the steps to smoke a fully cooked ham:

  1. Prepare the spices mixture. Apply over the ham
  2. Ready the smoker
  3. Placing the ham in the smoker
  4. Smoke the ham while checking the Temperature 
  5. Serve

Smoking a Fully Cooked Ham

The procedure to smoke the pre-cooked ham and uncooked ham has little difference. The pre-cooked ham is already cured. So it will take less time to smoke a pre-cooked ham compared to smoking an uncooked ham.

Let’s look into each step in detail.

The required materials are listed below.

  • The fully cooked ham – 12 lbs
  • Ham rub
  • Sugar – 1/2cup
  • Brown sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Garlic powder – 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Onion powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Kosher – 2 tablespoon
  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

 1.Prepare the spices mixture.

The already cooked ham is brined with flavors. If you want to enhance and add a little bit more flavor, you can make the spicy mix over the fully pre-cooked ham piece. Put the ingredients into a bowl and grind them well to make a fine mixture.

 2.Apply over the ham

Rub the fully cooked ham with some olive oil. Then add the spice mixture over the fully cooked ham using a ham rub.

 3.Ready the smoker

There are various types of smokers available. You can choose any of them to smoke your fully cooked ham. The smoker should be adjusted with the proper Temperature. Most of you prefer to smoke the fully cooked ham on a pellet grill. The type of wood used in the pellet grill too affects the flavor of the smoked fully cooked ham. Some prefer to use woods like cherry apple, which adds a sweet flavor to the ham. Use the different types of woods in an appropriate ratio to get the desired flavor.

4.Place the fully cooked ham on the smoker.

The fully cooked ham piece should be kept in a proper orientation to get smoked well. Inside the smoker, place the fully cooked ham such that its flat side is on the smoker rack. This allows the smoker to smoke the fully cooked ham evenly.

5.Smoke the ham while checking the Temperature

Smoking the fully cooked ham adds an extra layer of taste. It helps to feel the flavor more. Temperature and time are the two main vital factors that should be considered when smoking fully cooked ham. Smoke the ham at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. As the ham is already pre-cooked, do not exceed the Temperature. If you exceed the Temperature, the sugar particles tend to burn. You should check the Temperature regularly of the fully cooked ham using the meat probe. The Temperature of the ham should be maintained at 140 F.

  • Tip – Insert the meat probe inside the fully cooked ham where the meat is thick. This ensures the Temperature of the ham is maintained precisely.


The delicious smoked ham can be served with various dishes. But most of the time served with Macaroni and salads.

  • Tip – Already fully cooked ham would be lost some weight. Around 20% of raw ham will shrink due to cooking. So plan accordingly how much mass of smoked ham you prefer to serve.


So, these are the basic steps followed when smoking fully cooked ham. Follow these steps and enjoy yourself with your loved ones.