clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
savory caramel rib glaze

Mexican Inspired Savory Caramel Ham Glaze

  • Author: Jess Pryles



8 oz piloncillo (see note 1)

0.5 cup white sugar

1.5 cups water

1.5 cups flor de jamaica (dried hibiscus flower, see note 2)

1 tablespoon achiote paste

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

pinch salt


  1. Use a serrated knife to shave the piloncillo cone into smaller pieces. Add the piloncillo, sugar and water to a small saucepan, and place over low heat. Bring to a simmer and stir frequently until sugars have dissolved.
  2. Turn off heat, and add in flor de jamaica. Leave to steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Pass liquid through a strainer, return it to the saucepan and discard the flowers. Add achiote paste, cider vinegar and salt. Place the saucepan back over low heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes until mixture thickens to a thin caramel consistency.
  4. Pour into a clean jar and allow to cool before use. Keeps for up to a month, refrigerated.


  • note 1: you can substitute piloncillo with brown sugar
  • note 2: in this recipe, the jamaica is just for color, so if you can’t find it, just omit it or use a drop of pink food coloring.