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