This is the first time I have ever stayed away from my typical spiraled Easter ham. Listen and listen closely: NEVER BUY SPIRALED HAM AGAIN.
I read recently that spiraled ham is not the way to go because it dries out easily. And you know what? It does. I hadn't really thought about it. Now that I've tried the ham whole - I ain't going back baby.
Another part of spiraled ham I'm not a huge fan of? The prepackaged glaze. So, I decide to make my own. Also, I should mention that the ham I got didn't come with glaze.
1 Whole Hickory Smoked Ham
3 Tbs of Honey
1/3 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
Either leave the butter out on the counter until it's softened, or nuke it for 15 seconds like me. Doesn't really matter. You just want it soft so it can spread.
When I was in Michigan for my pal Lauren's wedding shower, I got to try some of her uncle's honey. This is seriously the best honey I have ever had in my life. Luckily, he sent me home with some. Or I stole it. I haven't totally worked that detail out yet.
If you use unsalted butter like me, add a couple pinches of sea or kosher salt. I can't really tell you how good this is. I "accidentally" dropped some in my mouth a couple of times and it was ridiculous. I'm going to make some more so I can spread it on
Get your ham ready for take off. I recommend using a roasting pan so you can let the juices collect at the bottom. That way, you have some loveliness to dip the ham in.
I forgot to photograph this, but I added about a cup of water to the bottom to help with the moisture and the eventual sauce.
Wrap the pork football with some foil. This will keep the moisture in.
Look. At. That. I kid you not, I could drink that sauce on the bottom with a spoon made out of manure.
My husband is the meat cutter/butcher of the family, so I'm sure there was a better way of cutting this but I didn't give a damn. I had to eat it immediately. No time for thinking. I'm shocked I didn't saw my hand off.
After slicing the ham, I strained the au jus (not necessary, but I thought it would look better) and placed the slices of ham right back into the bottom of the roasting pan. OH MAN.
The au jus was delicious. It was buttery, with the perfect hint of sweetness. I can't get enough. Wait until I show you what to do with the left overs! Ohhhhhhh man. Stay hungry!