How to Smoke a Ham on a Charcoal Grill

There’s nothing quite like the taste of smoked ham. The succulent meat is infused with the rich, smoky flavor of the wood, and the juicy flesh is a perfect complement to the crispy skin. Best of all, smoking ham on a charcoal grill is surprisingly easy to do. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be enjoying delicious smoked ham in no time.

Get a ham

There are many different types of ham available, so you’ll need to select the one that best suits your needs. For instance, if you’re looking for a smoky flavor, opt for a ham that has been smoked over hickory chips. If you’re short on time, choose a precooked ham that only needs to be heated through. If you prefer a sweeter taste, try one that has been smoked with applewood chips. 

Soak your wood chips

Soaking your wood chips before smoking a ham on a charcoal grill is an essential step in the process. By soaking the chips in water for at least 30 minutes, you’ll be able to prevent them from burning up too quickly and creating too much smoke. This will allow the flavor of the wood to infuse into the meat without overpowering it. Soaked wood chips will also create less sparks and embers, making it safer to cook with them on a charcoal grill. In addition, soaking the chips will help to keep them from smoldering and creating dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Prepare the grill

To smoke a ham on a charcoal grill, you will need to set up your grill for indirect heat. This means that the coals should be placed on one side of the grill, leaving the other side empty. Once the coals are in place, you will need to add wood chips to the coals.  If you soaked your wood chips ahead of time, simply drain them before adding them to the grill. You can also use a foil pan to catch any falling embers or sparks.

Place the ham on the grill

Once the grill is prepared, it’s time to add the ham. Place the ham on the side of the grill without coals, making sure that it is not directly over the heat source. If you’re using a foil pan, you can place the ham in the pan now. Close the lid of the grill and allow the ham to cook for 30 minutes to an hour, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Enjoy your smoked ham!

Once the ham is cooked through, remove it from the grill and allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!

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