The Best Ham Recipe For Your Traeger

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I know what you’re thinking, THE BEST HAM? Yeah right, I’ll be the judge of that.  Well here is the recipe that’s going to change that for you, why you ask? Because it’s fully adjustable and ready for you to customize it and make the Ham of Your Dreams!! So, there’s that I guess. J. Let’s get cooking and Ace this recipe.
  • Yield: 1 Ham – Approx finished weight 6 pounds
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Prep, 2 Days of Brine time
  • Cook time: 2 Hours smoke time, 4-6 hours of cook time


Measure   Ingredient                                                    Prep Notes      

7 lbs             Pork Shoulder, Boneless                      

1 Pkg            Chef Brine, 5280 Culinary                    Follow package directions         

1 Cup           Sugar, Brown, Dark                                                

2 Cup           Syrup, Maple                                               or to taste


2 Cups          Sugar, Brown, Dark                                                

2 Tbsp          Rub a Dub, 5280 Culinary                                                 

1 Cup           Syrup, Maple

1 tsp             Cinnamon, Ground                                      or to taste                   

1 tsp             Vanilla Extract                                              or to taste                             


Prep Directions:

  • See above for ALL prep instructions

Cooking Directions:

  • Using Chef Brine, brine Pork in a bucket for 2 days (48 hours) in your fridge (One package is the correct size to use)
    • Brine directions (according to Chef Brine instructions): Bring two quarts of water to a boil and stir in seasoning blend.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring to dissolve seasonings and to activate spices – about 5 minutes.  Cool and combine with 2 gallons of ice water in a large plastic bucket.
  • Pat the pork dry, then add to the cooled brine.
  • Cover and refrigerate
  • After 48 hours, remove pork from brine, do not rinse.
  • On the skin side make diagonal cuts into the skin (not the meat) across the entire top side
  • Pre Heat your Traeger Grill to 180 degrees and load with your preferred pellets
  • Place the ham on the grill grate and smoke for 2 hours (or more if stronger smoke is desired)
  • Once ham has smoked for 2 hours, transfer ham to a heavy-duty pan
  • Turn Traeger temperature to 325 degrees
  • Place 1 cup of water into the pan and cover ham and pan with foil
  • Cook ham, covered, until internal temp reaches 135/140 degrees
  • Uncover ham and turn Traeger temperature to 425
  • Cook ham until internal temp reaches 150 degrees and skin starts to brown
  • Baste ham with glaze every 5 minutes for about 35-45 minute or until desired glaze is reached
  • Remove ham from the Traeger at 150, cover with foil and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes.  Ham should carry over to 155 degrees
  • Uncover, slice, serve and enjoy

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