When spreading out a fall feast, whether for Thanksgiving or for another festive occasion, you need the right main. Turkey is always a good choice, but what if you went in a more porky direction? Cozy Fall Ham is just as warming and welcoming as turkey, still slow roasted to tender, savory perfection but also basted in tangy apple cider vinegar and coated in a caramelized maple syrup and brown sugar glaze. Mmm, such succulence is a real treasure, and you’ll be treasuring Cozy Fall Ham from the first bite to the last bite.

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For the ham:

  • 1 (8-10-pound) spiral ham
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves


Step 1 –Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees F.

Step 2 –Place the ham, cut-side down, into a large sheet pan and place it in the preheated smoker.

Step 3 –Cook the ham for 1 hour.

Step 4 –Baste the ham using 1 cup of the apple cider vinegar after 1 hour of cooking and continue basting the ham with the vinegar every 30 minutes until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees F, about 3 hours.

Step 5 –In a small, high-heat-safe saucepan or cast-iron skillet, combine the brown sugar, the maple syrup, the remaining apple cider vinegar, the mustard, the Worcestershire sauce, and the cloves, whisking them together.

Step 6 –Cook the glaze on the smoker, stirring frequently with a whisk, just until the glaze comes together, about 10-15 minutes.

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Step 7 –Brush the ham liberally with the glaze and cook until the ham reaches 140 degrees F, about 15 minutes.

Step 8 –Transfer the ham from the smoker and tent it with foil, allowing it to rest until it comes up to 145 degrees F internally, about 30 minutes.

Step 9 –Serve with any reserved drippings on the side.