With my parents coming this year - I had contemplated the idea of ordering one. But, had an idea to ask David to see what he could find online about making your own since my budget wasn't too keen on spending so much on just the ham!
He quickly found this recipe with great instructions and I was so excited to try it! I borrowed a blow torch from my brother-in-law and went to work.
My Mom captured this event for you to see me actually using a blow torch!
First of all, rolling the ham in the sugar and spice coating:
Our ham was about $15 total and I saved $60 by doing this myself! I thought this ham turned out great - the coating was not as crispy on the outside as the one from the HBH store. But, here are a few things I learned:
* I was too conservative with the blow torch at the beginning. Holding the flame closer and watching the sugar bubble and the edges of the meat sizzle and start to curl made a much better coating.
* When the liquid from the ham gets on the sugar, it is easier to just spoon or scoop up the sugar off of the waxed paper and rub it on the ham with your hands and then torch it.
* To do repeat layers of the coating would probably give better results, but would take more sugar mixture than the recipe calls for. Next time, I would make one and one half or double of the sugar coating so that there was enough to do repeat coatings.
The flavor of the ham and the juices were very similar to the HBH hams. All in all, it was a great experiment and a successful first try!