Smoked Ham Ice Cream Sundae

This luau-inspired ice cream sundae brings salty, smoky, and sweet all together for an incredibly unique dessert!

Smoked Ham Ice Cream Sundae Recipe


Ham-Infused Milk:

  • 1 Kg Whole Milk
  • 600 g Smoked Ham, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 100 g Ham Hock

Ice Cream Base:

  • 650 g Ham-infused Milk
  • 87 g Heavy Cream
  • 40 g Powdered Milk
  • 150 g Sugar
  • 70 g Egg Yolks

Sundae Toppings:

  • Grilled Pineapple Rings
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Crispy Bacon Bits
  • Paper Umbrellas (for fun!)


To make the ham-infused milk:

Sautee the smoked ham pieces in a skillet to brown and render out any excess fat.

Combine the cooked ham pieces with the milk and ham hock in a saucepot. Ensure the pot is small enough to completely submerge the ham in the milk.

Bring to a boil over high heat, remove from heat and cover. Allow ham to infuse for 30 minutes off the heat.

Strain the ham out of the milk. Cool the milk quickly over an ice bath and proceed with the ice cream base.

To make the ice cream base:

An instant-read thermometer will come in handy for this entire process.

Combine the sugar and egg yolks in a small bowl.

Place the milk in a pot over high heat.

At 77°F, add the milk powder. To ensure the milk powder doesn’t settle to the bottom of the pan and burn, whisk constantly from here on out.

At 95°F, pour in the yolk mixture.

At 113°F add the heavy cream.

Bring the mixture up to 185°F, take off the heat, and stir for two more minutes while whisking constantly to pasteurize and homogenize the mixture.

Pour the ice cream base over a fine-mesh sieve and chill to 39°F quickly over an ice bath.

Allow the mixture to age for at least 4 hours, or ideally 12 hours before churning.

Set up your ice cream maker. If you are using the KitchenAid ice cream attachment, you will need to freeze the bowl for at least 15 hours before churning.

Once you are ready to churn, follow manufacturer instructions. Ideal temperature when the ice cream is finished will be 25°F.

Place the churned product into the freezer to set up for at least 6 hours, if not overnight.

To make the Sundaes:

Render out some bacon until crispy and chop into little bits. (About half of a strip per sundae will do.)

Grill fresh or canned pineapple rings over high heat, ideally on GrillGrates. (Two or three rings per sundae.)

Place maraschino cherries onto paper umbrella.

You may also like: Strawberry Shortcake Cobbler

Assemble into bowl as such: grilled pineapple ring, fresh scoop of smoked ham ice cream, bacon bits and cherries on top!

Serve and enjoy!


  1. Fred
    August 7, 2019

    Why the metric? Your from Kansas not Europe! Who knows how many egg yokes are in 70g? Really?
    You use grams on the ingredients but the temp is in F not C?
    If you must at least put both on the list.

    BTW: I can’t wait to try this! It sounds like a great combo to try.

    1. Britt Shoffner
      August 7, 2019

      I work in grams very frequently; it’s just something I’m used to, having a background in pastry, where recipes are most often weighed. I forget it’s not normal for others to have a scale handy. I will keep that in mind as I create more recipes.

      I can tell you that one large egg is typically about 50 grams, with the yolk typically weighing about 20 grams, and the white the remaining 30 g. So yeah, 70 grams is an odd number (three and half yolks!). It helps if you made meringue earlier in the week and needed something to do with all those extra yolks you saved! 😉

      Let me know how it goes for you!


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