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American Sweet Ham
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How to Make American Sweet Ham

Cook Time45 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Pork Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: hamon, sweet ham
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Manny


Ingredients for curing ham:

  • 1 kilo pork thigh or pigue
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. salitre
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sweet red wine
  • 3 tablets of 500mg ascorbic acid

Ingredients for cooking ham:

  • 1 small can pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 pc bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. whole peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano powder or dried oregano leaves
  • 2/3 cup water or just enough to cover the meat


    How to make American sweet ham (curing the ham):

    • Mix all ingredients except pork until sugar and ascorbic acid are totally dissolved. Put in a big bowl.
    • Soak whole pork in this solution and prick all over with a fork or ice pick.
    • You may also use a syringe to inject solution into the thick meat.
    • Cover bowl with a clean cheese cloth or foil. Store in refrigerator.
    • For 3 days, turn and prick once a day.
    • On the 4th day up to the 18th day, turn once a day (no pricking needed).
    • On the 19th day, wash 3 times in clear water. Then tie a string around the meat to prevent the meat from sagging and boil in the following mixture:

    How to make American sweet ham (cooking the ham):

    • After cooking the meat in this mixture (see ingredients), drain. Remove skin.
    • Sprinkle brown sugar generously on surface, then, press heated kitchen turner or spatula to caramelized the sugar, repeating several times till meat becomes golden brown.
    • Or you may bake ham in an oven in 350 °F heat until golden brown.