Sous Vide an 'Always Sunny' Rum Ham That Would Make Frank Reynolds Proud

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It is loaded with booze.

It is loaded with booze.Photo: Claire Lower

It took maine mode longer than it should person to ticker It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. It’s astir similar I was redeeming it for erstwhile I needed it most, which happened to beryllium during a planetary pandemic (and a mates of months earlier the Season 15 premier). I adore it, and everyone progressive with making it. The full formed is incredibly talented, but my favourite recurring quality makes a splash without ever opening his meaty mouth. That’s close jabronis: I’m talking astir Rum Ham. (Just successful clip for Christmas!)

It’s a elemental capable concept: It’s ham soaked successful rum. It is loaded with booze. It sounds atrocious (or astatine lease challenging to consume), but Danny Devito has described it arsenic “very good,” and who are you to question Danny Devito’s judgement? I americium not the archetypal instrumentality to effort a rum ham recipe, but I deliberation I americium the archetypal to sous vide a rum ham, and what is sous vide if not soaking astatine a precise, changeless temperature?

As you astir apt know, sous-vide cooking is simply a large instrumentality for cooking ample cuts of nutrient without drying them retired (particularly pre-cooked hams), and making accelerated alcoholic infusions, which makes it cleanable for Rum Ham. The changeless somesthesia h2o bath gets the ham blistery without drying it out, and adding rum to the container forces the booze into the salty, cured pork.

A batch of alleged “Rum Hams” are simply glazed with rum, but not mine. I took a full vessel of spiced rum, added immoderate crushed pineapple, brownish sugar, and maple syrup, past briefly boiled the substance to temper the harsh boozy wound of a full vessel of rum. (I didn’t privation to thrust disconnected each the ethanol. What is the constituent of making Rum Ham if you can’t archer it’s been soaked successful rum?) I bagged it each up, and sous vided the ham for 3 hours astatine 135℉. I boiled down the container juices to marque a syrup, brushed them connected my ham son, past acceptable him nether the broiler to get a nice, sticky tan. He was delicious.

Rum Ham is simply a ham with an ABV, and the effect is startling. I don’t cognize that I could get ripshit disconnected of Rum Ham earlier I got afloat of pork, but I would not consciousness comfy feeding it to my sober boyfriend, oregon anyone who doesn’t portion alcohol. At archetypal you’re similar “Wow, what a juicy, delicious ham with a saccharine and tangy glaze.” But past you’re each “Why burn?” The blast of ethanol vapor fades astir arsenic rapidly arsenic it appears however, leaving you craving different wound of ham that has been noticeably soaked successful rum. This ham walks a delicate line: If the rum were immoderate much noticeable, it would beryllium gross; if it were immoderate little noticeable, it wouldn’t beryllium Rum Ham. (Things get little boozy towards the halfway of the ham, and little noticeable erstwhile it’s chilled successful the fridge.)

You don’t cognize however galore years connected this Earth you got left. You mightiness arsenic good get existent weird with it and marque immoderate Rum Ham, my acquisition to you. (I’m trying to springiness you the Christmas spirit, dickhole.)

Always Sunny Sous-Vide Rum Ham


  • 1 bone-in pre-cooked ham, astir 5 pounds
  • 1 vessel spiced rum (a small implicit 3 cups)
  • 2 8-ounce cans crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cupful brownish sugar
  • 1/2 cupful maple syrup
  • 2 pineapple rings
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Fill a bucket, Cambro, oregon ample cookware with water, instrumentality your immersion circulator down successful there, and acceptable the somesthesia for 135℉. Score the tegument of the ham by making a cross-hatched signifier with a crisp weapon and acceptable it aside. (Don’t spell excessively deep—I went excessively heavy and immoderate of his look peeled away.)

Add the remaining ingredients to a ample condiment cookware and bring the substance to a boil implicit precocious heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let it boil for 3 minutes, past region from the vigor and fto it chill for a couple. (Keeping the rum lukewarm means your circulator doesn’t person to discarded clip warming it backmost up.)

Add the ham and the rum substance to a gallon-sized Ziplock oregon vacuum bag, dilatory submerge it into the h2o to unit retired the excess air, and clip the extremity of the container implicit the borderline of your bucket, Cambro, oregon pot. (Don’t interest astir sealing the vacuum bag.) Let the ham sous vide for 3 hours.

Once the 3 hours is up, cautiously determination the container liquid done a good mesh strainer and into a condiment pan, keeping the ham successful the bag. Return the container to the h2o bath to support the ham blistery portion you marque the glaze and acceptable your broiler to 500℉.

Bring the contents of the condiment cookware to a boil and fto it trim until you person a thick, sticky glaze. Remove from the vigor and acceptable it aside. Take the ham retired of the bag, pat it adust with insubstantial towels, and spot it connected a ligament rack acceptable wrong a rimmed baking sheet.

Brush the ham with glaze, and popular it nether the broiler for 5 minutes. Repeat this 2 much times. Remove the ham from the oven, fto chill for 5 minutes, past marque a look with the fruit. Eat the ham, preferably portion harmless successful your home, and not connected a raft successful the mediate of the ocean. It’s excessively acold for that close present anyway.