Smoked Lamb Ham Recipe (Or Goat)

Craving homemade ham but pork isn’t an option? Or maybe you prefer lamb, or wondered if you can make a leg of lamb into ham? This smoked lamb ham recipe with a maple mustard glaze from award-winning chef Alan Bergo is easy to make at home. All you need is a pot to brine the lamb, and a smoker. Read on and we’ll explain how to make it.

Grass fed lamb or goat ham Easter Dinner Idea
Lamb country ham makes a great variation on the classic Easter Ham.

Historically, making a ham was a way to preserve meat over the winter, and, as the fresh meats and root cellar vegetables grew more scarce, having protein ready to use during the cold months was a  necessity in places that experience a cold winter. Come Spring time, the hams were ready to be used, and, likely needed to be.

With Easter right around the corner, our farmers and Chef Bergo got together to test and design a ham recipe for ham using either grass fed lamb or goat so that if you’d like to try making one sometime, you can. It takes a little refrigerator space, but it’s a great do-it-yourself variation on pork ham for the family, during Easter season or anytime.

Of course one of the best parts of a good ham is a glaze, so there’s one included made from maple syrup sourced close to our Farm in Wisconsin, and a little mustard. That being said, if you don’t feel like glazing them ham, or don’t have access to a smoker that can control temperatures, you could easily just bake the ham in the oven, or cook it in water or stock with vegetables as you would corned beef, until tender.

Chef Alan Bergo
Chef Alan Bergo

This recipe is by James Beard Award-winning Chef Alan Bergo. He’s a chef from Minnesota and author of The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora. Learn more about Chef Alan at 

Looking to buy lamb or goat online? Shepherd Song Farm: Grass to table. We raise lambs & goats traditionally, humanely and sustainably. 100% Grass Fed, Pasture Raised, Never Confined, no Hormones, Grains or Animal Byproducts. Born, raised and processed in the U.S.A. Good for you and good for the environment.

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How to Make Smoked Lamb Ham

The process for making a ham from a leg of lamb or goat is the same for pork. First a brine is made and the meat is soaked in it for a few days, then removed and dried. For the best crust, you’ll want to leave the leg in the refrigerator overnight to develop a crust. The images below illustrate the process.

More Smoked Lamb Recipes

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A finished, glazed lamb ham.
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Smoked Lamb Ham Recipe (Or Goat)

Homemade brined and smoked ham from a lamb or goat leg is a great alternative to pork
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Brining Time7 days
Total Time7 days 3 hours 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Goat, Ham, Lamb
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 541kcal
Cost: 30


  • 1 Smoker
  • 1 large stock pot


For the brine

  • 3 quarts water
  • 260 grams salt roughly 1 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • 1 oz pink curing salt sodium nitrite
  • 3 Tablespoons pickling spice
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 1 bulb garlic halved horizontally

For the maple-mustard glaze

  • 2 cups maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard


Brine the Lamb

  • Combine the ingredients for the brine and bring to a simmer in a stock pot. After the mix boils, chill completely, then immerse the lamb in the brine and weight it down in a container large enough to fit the ham. Keep the leg of lamb in the brine for 6 days, then remove.

Smoke the Lamb

  • Remove the lamb from the brine and chill overnight, uncovered (optional). Before smoking, lightly score the surface with ¼ inch crosshatches using a sharp paring knife.
  • Transfer the lamb to a 200F smoker for 3 hours. From here, the ham can be chilled until the day it will be served, and will keep refrigerated for 5 days.

Maple Mustard Glaze

  • Whisk together the ingredients for the glaze and reserve.

Serving the Ham

  • To serve the ham, heat the ham in a 225 degree oven for 1.5 hours or until a hot throughout, or until a thermometer reads 150 F. Baste the ham while it cooks as often as you can remember, preferably using a brush.
  • When it’s time to serve, turn the heat up to 450, basting every 10 minutes, for 30 minutes, or until a rich, glossy glaze has formed. Allow the lamb to rest for 15-20 minutes while you heat up any side dishes, then bring to the table, carve and serve.


Lamb or goat shoulder can be smoked just like a ham, but will have slightly more fat.


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 672mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 3mg

Carved leg of lamb next to a plate with sliced lamb ham, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots.