Smoked Cherry-Bourbon Ham

March 01, 2018 0 Comments

In today’s recipe we are smoking a ham on the Pit Barrel Cooker and we will finish this ham with a Cherry-Bourbon glaze. We will start by scoring the ham, then smoking for about 4 hours. During the last 30 minutes, we will apply the Cherry-Bourbon glaze.

Smoked Cherry-Bourbon Ham

You can make this recipe on any smoker and we're cooking this beast in the Pit Barrel Cooker.


  • 1, 9lb pre-cooked ham
  • 3-4 tablespoons Runnin’ Wild Cherry Rub Seasoning
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 12 oz cherry preserves
  • 2/3 cup Kentucky bourbon
  • ¾ teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • Cloves

Runnin Wild Cherry Rub

Recipe Instructions

  1. Score the ham about ¼ inch deep using a sharp knife in a diamond pattern. Space the slices (scores) about 1” apart.
  2. Place a clove in the center of each diamond.
  3. Season with the Runnin Wild Cherry Rub.
  4. Add cherry wood to the Pit Barrel Cooker and place the ham in the Pit Barrel Cooker.
  5. Smoke the ham until it reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees F.
  6. When the ham is reaches an internal temperature of 120-125 degrees F, make the cherry-bourbon glaze by adding the cherry preserves, Kentucky bourbon (use CAUTION as it is flammable), Allspice, thyme and molasses to a pan over medium low heat. Simmer until it thickens (15 to 30 minutes).
  7. When the ham reaches 130 degrees F, start glazing the ham with the cherry-bourbon sauce. You can glaze every 20 to 30 minutes until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.
  8. Serve!

For the step-by-step recipe instructions, watch our Smoked Ham with Cherry Glaze video recipe.

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