How to Cook a Ham in a Masterbuilt Smoker

Are you craving a succulent and smoky ham that will have your taste buds singing? Look no further than your trusty Masterbuilt smoker!

In this article, we’ll show you the step-by-step process to cook a mouthwatering ham that will leave your guests begging for seconds. From selecting the perfect ham to seasoning it to perfection, you’ll learn all the tips and tricks to achieve that irresistible smoky flavor.

Get ready to impress with your culinary skills and indulge in the ultimate ham experience.

Selecting the Right Ham

To select the right ham, you’ll want to consider the size, type, and flavor that best suits your taste preferences. When it comes to shopping for a ham, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

First, make sure to check the label for information on the type of ham. There are two main types: cured and uncured. Cured hams have been treated with salt and other seasonings, while uncured hams are free from added nitrates or nitrites.

Next, think about the size of the ham. If you’re serving a small gathering, a smaller ham will suffice, but for larger parties, a bigger ham is needed.

Finally, consider the flavor profile. Hams can vary in taste, with some being sweeter and others more savory. Think about the flavors you enjoy and choose accordingly.

When it comes to cooking techniques, there are a few options. One popular method is baking the ham in the oven. Preheat the oven to the recommended temperature, place the ham on a rack in a roasting pan, and cover it with foil. Cook for the recommended amount of time per pound, then remove the foil and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145°F.

Another option is using a smoker, like a Masterbuilt smoker. This adds a smoky flavor to the ham and creates a delicious crust. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for setting up the smoker and cook the ham according to the recommended time and temperature. Remember to use a meat thermometer to ensure the ham reaches the proper internal temperature.

Preparing the Masterbuilt Smoker

Before you start, make sure you’re familiar with how to properly set up your Masterbuilt smoker. Cleaning and maintaining your smoker is essential for achieving the perfect smoke flavor. Here are some tips to help you keep your smoker in top condition:

Cleaning Tips Maintenance Tips
– Remove any leftover ashes and debris from the smoker after each use. – Check the propane levels before each use and ensure the gas line is secure.
– Use a wire brush or scraper to remove any built-up grease or residue from the grates. – Inspect the smoker for any signs of wear or damage and replace any faulty parts.
– Wipe down the interior and exterior of the smoker with warm soapy water. – Lubricate the hinges, door seals, and other moving parts regularly to prevent sticking.
– Rinse off the soap and dry the smoker thoroughly before storing. – Store your smoker in a dry, protected area to prevent rust and other damage.
– Clean the smoker’s drip tray and water pan after each use to prevent bacteria growth. – Keep a log of your smoker’s usage and maintenance to stay on top of regular upkeep.

Seasoning and Prepping the Ham

After cleaning and maintaining your smoker, it’s time to season and prep the ham for smoking. To ensure a flavorful and tender ham, marinating techniques and brining methods are essential.

First, consider marinating the ham overnight to infuse it with additional flavors. You can create a marinade using ingredients like brown sugar, mustard, honey, and spices of your choice. Coat the ham generously with the marinade, then cover it and refrigerate overnight.

Next, brining the ham can help enhance its juiciness and add more flavor. Prepare a brine solution by dissolving salt, sugar, and spices in water. You can also add aromatics like garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns for extra taste. Submerge the ham in the brine solution and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Before placing the ham in the smoker, make sure to rinse off any excess marinade or brine and pat it dry. This will prevent the flavors from becoming too overpowering. Allow the ham to come to room temperature before smoking for more even cooking.

Smoking the Ham in the Masterbuilt Smoker

Once the ham is seasoned and prepped, it’s time to start smoking it in the Masterbuilt smoker. To achieve the perfect smoke flavor in your ham, there are a few things you need to consider. Here are some tips to help you get the best results:

  1. Types of wood chips to use for smoking ham:

    • Hickory: This wood is known for its strong and smoky flavor, perfect for adding depth to your ham.
    • Apple: Apple wood chips provide a mild and sweet flavor that complements the natural taste of ham.
    • Cherry: Cherry wood chips give a slightly sweet and fruity flavor, enhancing the overall taste of your ham.
    • Maple: If you prefer a subtle and slightly sweet flavor, maple wood chips are a great choice.
  2. Soak your wood chips: Before adding them to the smoker, soak the wood chips in water for about 30 minutes. This will help them produce more smoke and prevent them from burning too quickly.

  3. Maintain a steady temperature: Keep the temperature of your Masterbuilt smoker between 225-250°F for optimal smoking. This will ensure that the ham cooks slowly and absorbs the smoky flavor.

  4. Baste the ham: Every hour or so, baste the ham with a mixture of your choice, such as apple cider or a glaze. This will add moisture and enhance the flavor of the ham.

By following these tips and using the right wood chips, you can achieve a perfectly smoked ham with a delicious and smoky flavor.

Happy smoking!

Serving and Enjoying the Smoked Ham

To fully savor the delicious flavor of your perfectly smoked ham, garnish it with a tangy mustard glaze and serve it alongside some creamy mashed potatoes. The tangy mustard glaze adds a zesty kick that complements the smoky richness of the ham. It’s easy to make – simply mix together Dijon mustard, honey, brown sugar, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Brush the glaze over the ham during the last 30 minutes of smoking for a mouthwatering finish.

When it comes to serving suggestions, consider pairing the ham with some creamy mashed potatoes. The smooth and velvety texture of the potatoes provides a comforting contrast to the smoky ham. To make the perfect mashed potatoes, boil peeled potatoes until tender, then mash them with butter, milk, salt, and pepper. For an extra burst of flavor, you can also add some minced garlic or grated Parmesan cheese.

Another great pairing option for your smoked ham is some roasted vegetables. The caramelized sweetness of roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts, or sweet potatoes adds depth to the smoky ham. Simply toss the vegetables in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any other desired herbs or spices, then roast them in the oven until tender and slightly browned.


Now that you’ve mastered the art of cooking a ham in a Masterbuilt smoker, you can enjoy delicious smoked ham anytime you want. Remember to choose a high-quality ham and properly season it before smoking.

Preparing your Masterbuilt smoker with the right temperature and wood chips is crucial for achieving that smoky flavor.

After a few hours of smoking, your ham will be tender, juicy, and full of flavor.

Serve it up and savor every bite of your homemade smoked ham. Enjoy!