Ever since being introduced to it six months ago, I’ve become a little be obsessed with US comedy It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. The adventures of a gang of losers who think they rule the world, running an Irish themed bar in downtown Philly, anyone who has ever worked that in one of those weird families motivated by alcohol and constantly trying to have a good time that is the bar industry will see something of themselves in the gang’s complete lack of self awareness and insular nature.

In one of my favourite episodes, Danny De Vito introduces his RumHam, a ham, soaked in rum. Shouting ‘RUMHAAAAAM’ at people on the Internet has now surpassed ‘Bees? BEES!’ as my new favourite way of judging whether We’d Get On, and I instantly wanted to make and consume one.

So I did. And it was awesome.

How To Make RumHam

You need

  • a big fat ham, otherwise known as a gammon joint. I got mine for a tenner from Mozzers.
  • 2 litres of coke
  • half a cup of dark rum
  • half a cup of white suger
  • half a cup of brown suger
  • 1 lemon
  • Pineapple rings for decoration


Boil you ham in the coke for a couple of hours. It will boil down pretty quick by the end to you’ll want to keep an eye on it. It also smells epically brilliant.


Drain your cokeham and leave it to cool down for a bit.

Score the fat of your ham with a sharp knife into a diamond shape. Mix the other ingredients to make a baste and paint your ham with rum and suger. This is the most fun you can have with meat. Sing the Painting The Roses Red song from Alice in Wonderland at the same time to enhance the fun.


Attop your sticky ham with some pineapple rings, if you like, and then bake in a warmish over for 15 minutes. Drink a pina colada whilst waiting with the rum and pineapple juice.


Let the ham cool, and then either eat it straight away or leave it wrapped up overnight, as I did, and spend the next three days eating vast amounts of lovely, lovely ham.




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