My family is probably reading this right now with their jaws all hanging on the floor because I have never liked ham. I like country ham for breakfast, prosciutto and pretty much every other pig product, but I have always had a hard time with baked ham. Honestly, I think it’s the overly salted, processed flavor that most commercially-bought hams have. But my husband and sons love it so when I saw the crazy sale on spiral cut hams at the store today, I had to pick one up.
Many years ago I heard about a baked ham recipe using Coke, and I thought that if I were to ever cook one, that’s what I’d do. This recipe is basically a compilation of everything I could find on the Internet about a cola-based method. The result is a deliciously salty-sweet, crispy and satisfying dinner that makes excellent sandwiches as well. By boiling the ham in cola before baking, I think it removes the taste of the artificially smoky brine that has typically turned me off of ham in the past. I think you’ll like it!
Cola Baked Ham
- One 8-10 pound spiral cut ham
- 1 2 liter bottle of cola
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- Place the ham in a large stock pot or Dutch oven and pour the cola over. Partially cover the pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove ham from pot and place in a roasting pan, cut side down. Mix together brown sugar and mustard and enough of the cooking liquid to create a paste. Pour paste over the ham, and pour some more of the cooking liquid into the bottom of the pan.
- Bake until crust is hardened and golden, about 45 minutes. Allow ham to cool before serving.