So Dave decided he wanted to make this ham glaze that he found in Cooks Illustrated. He read, re-read , discussed it with BBQ Wade a million times and then went on to re-read about 229 times more. Of course those of you who know Dave he has a method about every thing he does. It is study, study, ponder, study, ponder, ponder, ponder....well you get my drift. So after a few
years weeks he went shopping for ingredients. I have learned that if it is for a major item I let him do all the research and shopping ahead of time and narrow it down a few of the brands we are comparing and then I will go look at those two or three for our final decision. Otherwise we spend enormous amounts of wasted time walking around, reading, pondering, discussing and on and on and on. This really wasn't a major purchase but it seemed like it after all the discussion he and BBQ Wade had about this ham glaze.
He does his magic cooking this ham and lovingly basting it until it was the perfect caramelized crust. Looks beautiful doesn't it?
Aha! But if you look closer you can see a rough little gauge in the surface of the ham. What?
Apple Cider and Brown Sugar Glaze
Makes 1 1/2 cups, enough to glaze ham
1 cup apple cider
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
Bring cider, brown sugar, cinnamon stick and cloves to boil in small saucepan over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer until reduced to about 1 1/3 cups, 5 to 7 minutes. Baste ham during the last fifteen to twenty minutes of cooking time.