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Smoked Chilli & Honey Glazed Ham

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8-12 1x
  • Cuisine: Christmas


This smokey chilli honey glazed ham puts a punchy twist on the Christmas classic.




  1. Place the gammon (it is gammon until it is cooked, and then it becomes a ham!) in a large saucepan (you want it to fit snugly) over a high heat, and cover with cold water. Bring the gammon to the boil, and once the water is bubbling, remove it from the heat.
  2. Pour away the water, and rinse the gammon under the cold tap until all traces of the salty boiling water is washed away. A lot of recipes for ham you’ll see say to soak it overnight. These are older recipes where the ham you purchased had more cure (salt) on it, but these days all you need is to boil the gammon for a few minutes to draw out enough salt to not totally ruin the flavour of the ham.
  3. Return the gammon to the saucepan. Slice the onion in half (don’t bother to peel it) and wedge it into the gaps either side of the gammon. Return the ham to the heat, adding the cocoa cola, and topping up the liquid so that the ham is just covered with more cold water.
  4. Once the liquid has come to the boil, turn the heat down to low, and allow the ham to simmer, covered, for around 2 hours. If your gammon is a different size, you need roughly an hour a kilo. Dry ham is not pleasant, and obviously while you’re roasting it later you don’t want undercooked pork, the only sure-fire way to make sure my ham is cooked properly with a meat thermometer.
  5. At this point, if you want to glaze your ham the next day, remove it from the pan and let it cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate. Remember to let it come up to room temperature before roasting it. Otherwise, pre-heat the oven to 230 degrees (445 fahrenheit), allow your ham to cool enough to touch, then with a very sharp knife, trip off the rind and any excess fat. You want to leave a layer of fat that is just deep enough to score and embed cloves in, but not too thick to give you a fatty mouthful. This is my favourite part of the whole ham making exercise, for some reason!
  6. Score the fat into diamonds diagonally (look at the picture), and smother the fat with smoked chilli honey.
  7. Stud the cross points of the diamonds with cloves, and roast the ham for 15 to 20 minutes, checking it half way to baste with any run off honey or juices, or to add more honey to the ham if you think it needs it, until the fat is burnished and the glaze is dark and shiny.
  8. Either slice and serve the ham straight away, or allow it to cool before digging in.