Sunday, April 24, 2011

Coca-Cola Baked Ham

If it's Easter, then it must be time for chocolate bunnies, peeps, and baked ham. I'm not usually a big fan of baked ham as I find it a bit too "hammy." I think it dates back to an unfortunate baked ham incident I had on an international flight when I was a kid. I was already a bit nauseous from motion-sickness and when they served the in-flight meal of baked ham, the smell and taste nearly sent me over the top (and not in a good way). Thus, in all my years, I've never endeavored to bake a ham.

However, as my friends know, I'm a bit of a Coke addict. Well, Diet Coke to be exact. So when I found this recipe for Coca Cola Baked Ham in my Classic Cooking with Coca Cola Cookbook, I thought it might be time to break my baked ham virginity.

Boy, am I glad I did! This was by far the best baked ham I've ever made (ok...I recognize that isn't saying much, but it was quite good!) The Coca-Cola imparts a nice sweetness and helps to keep the ham quite moist.

There are quite a few recipes that can be found online. While some recipes call for braising the ham on the stovetop, a quick phone consult with Dean's mother resulted in the oven-baked method. The recipe below is mashed together from a number of them, including Nigella Lawson's and Paula Dean's. Enjoy!


9 lb ham
1 liter Coca-Cola*
1 onion, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 ½ cup bread crumbs
1 ½ cup brown sugar

1) In a large pot, pour the Coca-Cola over the ham, cover, and let marinate in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 4 hours).

2) Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking.

3) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

4) Place ham and Coca-Cola in a roasting pan. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for 3 hours (about 20 min per lb). Baste the ham every 30 minutes.

5) When the ham is done, remove from the oven. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.

6) Carefully remove ham to a large plate.

7) Carefully pour 2 cups of the Coca-Cola from the roasting pan into a small saucepan.

8) Bring the Coca-Cola to a boil and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the Coca-Cola forms a thick syrup.

9) Brush the syrup all over the ham.

10) In a mixing bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and bread crumbs. Carefully rub the mixture over the ham. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.

11) Bake at 350 degrees for an additional 30 minutes.

12) Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Makes 15-20 servings.

* Ed's Note: Do NOT use Diet Coca-Cola. You need the real sugar in regular Coca-Cola for this recipe.


Cooking contests said...

I've also found that using Dr. Pepper is quite tasty. Really you can do anything to ham and I'll still like it :)

-- Chelsey

Ange said...

looks good!! If I could actually eat a whole ham by myself, I'd do this. I'll tell my mom!!

Weber Recipes said...

Awesome post! Thanks a lot for sharing.

Anonymous said...

i am missing what you do with the onion.

Suzanne said...

What a great tip! I'll give it a try the next time I cook ham!

Dina said...

Interesting recipe .. I'll give it a go!