Rich caramel flavors meet Mexican ingredients for a completely unique ham glaze that will have you applying layer after delicious layer.
I stumbled upon this recipe quite by accident, but isn’t that how some of the best ones start off? I had just returned from a week in Mexico City and Monterrey, totally inspired by the ingredients at the local markets. I had originally planned to use flor de jamaica (dried hibiscus flowers) to create an intensely colored rib glaze. But as I began adding the other ingredients, the color totally changed but the flavor developed into something incredible. Like, can’t-stop-sticking-my-finger-in-to-“taste-test” incredible.
The magic ingredient in this one is a commonly found Mexican sugar, piloncillo. Piloncillo is as unrefined as sugar gets. Also known as Panela, it’s unrefined sugar cane. The richness of the molasses flavors in piloncillo are incredible. Sometimes with regular brown sugar, the molasses is added to the refined sugar crystals. Not so in this case, you get the whole unadulterated flavor experience. And the resulting glaze is nearly the consistency of runny cajeta. Epic.
Use this glaze as you normally would for a ham sauce or glaze, starting to baste 20-30 minutes before your ham has finished cooking.
You can/should/must also use it with ribs, pork chops and frankly, even drizzle it on ice cream.Print