What is a Rum Ham?
A Rum Ham is a ham that has been steeped and injected with a rum brine, and coated with a rum glaze.

Where Did it come from?

Being a big fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I wanted to make a rum ham after seeing Frank Reynolds’ floating away from the Jersey Shore. However, unlike Frank, I did not want to just soak a ham in rum overnight, so I unsuccessfully searched around on the internet for a recipe.

Why Should I Make a Rum Ham?

You should make the rum ham for two reasons. First, because it is impressive. When done correctly, your guests will be drooling from the ham's savory, booze flavor. Second, for someone who has just started cooking this is a big confidence booster.

Keep in Mind...


First, you should consider your guests. Unlike Frank, you care about the well being of your guests. Before serving your guests, mention that your food was made with alcohol. Guests who have allergies, recovering from a substance addiction, pregnant, nursing, or parents of underage children, will be thankful for this disclaimer.

Second, when boiling rum for either the glaze or brine. I recommend using a stock pot or something comparable.


The most hated part of dinner. No matter what you do, you will have something to clean. However, you can reduce the time spent cleaning by lining your baking dish with tinfoil. If you forget to line your baking dish, then immediately scrape the dripping into the trash, and then immediately soak your dish with soap. Doing that will help loosen the residue and also save you time.

Step 1: ​You'll Need the Following

The Ham

The following ingredients are based making a 1.5 pound ham. You will need to adjust ingredients accordingly if you use a larger ham.


  • Ham
  • Rum (one 750Ml bottle, or more)
  • Brown Sugar (2 cups)
  • Molasses (1/4 - 3/4 cup)
  • Salt (1 cup)
  • Water (2 cup)
  • Dijon Mustard (1 table spoon)
  • Butter (stick)

Optional Ingredients:

  • Peppercorn
  • Cloves
  • Bay leaf (not pictured)

Equipment Needed:

  • Baking dish (not pictured)
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Cutting board
  • Oven mitts
  • Stock pot

Optional Equipment:

  • Injector
  • Baking rack
  • Brush
  • Tin foil


  • When baking the ham, the temperature should be set between 325 to 350 Fahrenheit (F) or 162 - 176 Celsius (C).
  • Ham's internal temperature should meet or exceed 140F or 60C
<p>Your &quot;butter&quot;. Its <strong>not</strong> butter. I know you can't believe it but its true I swear.</p>
This looks like the recipe I'm looking for. One question. How long do you brine it for?
<p>RUM HAM! doesn't involve cooking or more than 2 ingredients, Rum and Ham. It is a food/alcohol shot, not a pot luck dish</p>
So, will you actually get a buzz or is this like cooking with wine?
<p>Look delicious</p>
<p>How much rum do you use for the glaze?</p>
<p>For this step, I used enough to coat the bottom of my stockpot. I used about 1/4th of the bottle. That is most likely too much rum, but I used it to pour over the ham slices that I had for dinner. </p>
<p>Looks great! My only recommendation to make it more accurate to the show: Put a few pineapple slices and maraschino cherries (soaked, of course, in more rum) on as the final step. Going to try this sometime soon. Bookmarked!</p>
<p>Thanks for the suggestion! I'll have more time soon, so I will give this a shot. </p>
<p>I'm sorry, Rum Ham!! :)</p>
Soak it in the ocean
Rum Ham!
<p>Brown Sugar?</p>
<p>This looks most excellent! Thank you for sharing your recipe.</p>

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