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The Secret to This Perfect Glazed Ham Is Korean Hot Sauce

This ham is the ultimate expression of his many life experiences; it’s a ham that is truly unlike any you’ve ever had before.

by Munchies Staff
Jan 24 2017, 1:00am

Photo by Janelle Jones

Photo by Janelle Jones

Photo by Janelle Jones.
Gochujang

-glazed ham might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a succulent Southern ham, but for Edward Lee, the combination is second nature.

Gochujang is a spicy Korean chili sauce that is an umami flavor bomb, and is well-worth any time it may take to hunt it down (which, if there's an Asian grocery store or supermarket with a "world foods" aisle in your city, shouldn't be too long). Lee is a Brooklyn-born, Korean-American veteran of both Top Chef and The Mind of a Chef who is now based in Louisville, Kentucky. This ham is the ultimate expression of his many life experiences; it's a big, beautiful meat roast that is truly unlike any you've ever had before.

Forget honey. Lee glazes his ham not only with the gochujang chili sauce, but also with apple juice, maple syrup, Worcestershire, and a touch of espresso.

RECIPE: Gochujang-Glazed Ham

We guarantee that this ham will even win over your Cracker Barrel-obsessed uncle.