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Coca-Cola Glazed Ham

| April 15, 2018 | 43 Comments

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham Recipe

Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to make this old Southern favorite style of glazed ham. Perfect for Sunday dinner, or any holiday get together.

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, enjoy.
Coca-Cola Glazed Ham recipe

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, slider.
Our favorite Southern style Glazed Ham.

Using Coca-Cola to make a glaze for a ham may sound a bit strange if you’re not from the South. Around here though, we use one of our favorite sodas several different ways. Ever heard of a Coca-Cola cake?

It really does give a good flavor to the glaze and it’s somewhat hard to describe. You get a little taste of the carbonated soda, along with the sugary taste of the glaze and the saltiness of the ham. I use just a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar for a very lite tartness as well. I think you’ll enjoy it if you decide to try it.

We’re using a fully cooked Butt Ham Portion for the recipe. We’re basically just heating it up and applying the glaze along the way for added flavor enhancement.

My family has pretty much given up on the spiral glazed hams. They just seem to dry out so quickly as they heat up, even if you watch the temp really close.

Besides, with ham this way, you can cut a slice as thick as you like. Now that’s really good.

I can enjoy a slice or two with a meal, but I much prefer the leftovers and placing some ham between two slices of white loaf bread. Add a little Duke’s Mayonnaise on the ham and you’ve made this old Southern boy a happy camper. Just saying.

You might even be able to squeeze out enough of the leftovers to make our Ham Salad.

Ready to try some? Alright then, grab a can of Coke and head to the kitchen.

Let’s Get Cooking!

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, you'll need these ingredients.
Coca-Cola Glazed Ham. You’ll need these ingredients.

I’m using a fully cooked, bone in, butt ham portion for this particular recipe. You could use a whole ham or a ham shank as well.  This is what was on sale in my area at the time, and at .97 cents a pound, you can’t pass up a deal like that. Smile.

Even though you could eat it as is, we’re going to heat it up to 145F degrees and brush it with our glaze several times along the way prior to serving.

Coca-Cola is the preferred favorite for making ham glaze here in the South. But, we’re open to some others as well. May I suggest you try it sometime with Cheerwine or Pepsi-Cola for a slightly different flavor. They’re all good.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, place ham in foil lined pan.
Unwrap the ham and place it in a foil lined baking pan, making sure to put the cut side down.

I suggest you remove the ham from your refrigerator for an hour before baking so it can begin to reach room temperature. This way, it will heat up more evenly once it starts baking.

This was my very first experience with a FRICK’S brand ham. As mentioned, it was on sale at one of our local grocery stores and it turned out to be a very good bargain.

I must admit, this particular ham really doesn’t need an additional glaze as it tasted great right out of the package. But, I was intent on adding the cola glaze, so I moved forward with it.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, cover it tightly with foil.
Cover the ham tightly with aluminum foil. This will help keep it from drying out while it’s in the oven.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, baking time and temp.
Place the foil covered ham in your oven, on the lowest rack position.

Let it bake for about one hour.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, add brown sugar.
Coca-Cola Ham Glaze:  While the ham is in the oven, go ahead and start making the glaze.

Place the brown sugar in a medium sized sauce pot.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, add the yellow mustard.
Add the yellow mustard.

If mine looks a little thin, it’s because it IS. I had to rinse out the bottle to get all I had. Turned out to be just enough. Reminder to self: add mustard to the shopping list.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, add the vinegar.
Add the vinegar. This will make it just a little bit tart, but I think you’ll like it.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, add the ground cloves.
The ground clove goes in next.

Cloves always remind me of being at my Grandmothers house for some reason. I’ve never really known why, but it must have been that she used it in something we ate at her house.

I only remember eating a couple of things that she prepared as she was on up in years and cooking was getting more difficult for her.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, add the cola.
Pour in the Coca-Cola.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, stir well.
Stir everything together and place the pot over Medium heat on your stove top.

Let it come to a slight boil, then REDUCE THE HEAT, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Don’t let it boil over. Trust me. You don’t want it to boil over on your stove top. It might become a sticky mess that is hard to clean up. Just saying. I’m not admitting that it happened with me, but it COULD have happened.

So much for a pot not boiling over with a wooden spoon laying across the top.

Stir it often and let it thicken up some to make a nice glaze.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, baste the ham.
After one hour in the oven.

Remove the foil from the ham and baste it with a good coating of the glaze.

Leave the foil off the ham and return it to the oven.

You will want to let the ham continue to warm up, basting it every 20-30 minutes until it’s ready to remove from the oven.

Depending on your ham, you might only have to baste it a couple of times before it reaches the needed temp.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, bake to the proper temp.
Almost there.

Your ham should be allowed to bake until it reaches an internal temperature of 145F degrees.

You can test this with a digital thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thicker part of the ham, but make sure you’re not hitting the bone.

Once it’s done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes before carving and serving. This will allow the juices to redistribute through the meat and make it more moist.

 

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham, enjoy.
Enjoy!

Carve the ham into slices about 1/4 inch thick and serve while warm.

Doesn’t that thick glaze look good? It was. Smile

 

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Coca-Cola Glazed Ham recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern.com.

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Main Dish, Pork
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to make this old Southern style favorite of Coca-Cola Glazed Ham.

Use a whole ham, ham shank, or butt ham portion.


Ingredients

  • 1 Fully Cooked Bone In Ham, butt or shank portion
  • 1 box Brown Sugar, 16oz
  • 1 cup Coco-Cola
  • ½ cup Yellow Mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cloves

Instructions

  1. NOTE: Remove ham from refrigerator 1 hour before baking.

Pre-heat oven to 325F degrees.

  1. Place the ham, cut side down, in a foil lined baking pan.
  2. Cover the ham tightly with aluminum foil.
  3. Place ham on lowest rack position in oven and let bake for one hour.
  4. Place the brown sugar in a medium sized sauce pot.
  5. Add the mustard.
  6. Add the apple cider vinegar.
  7. Add the ground cloves.
  8. Stir well to combine.
  9. Place the pot on Medium heat on your stove top.
  10. Let glaze come to a slight boil, stirring often.
  11. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes to thicken.
  12. After one hour, remove the foil from the ham and set foil aside.
  13. Brush the ham with a layer of glaze. Return to oven uncovered to continue to bake.
  14. Repeat brushing glaze on the ham every 20-30 minutes until done.
  15. A fully cooked ham should reach an internal temp of 140F degrees before removing from oven.
  16. Let the ham rest 15-20 minutes prior to slicing and serving.
  17. Enjoy!

Notes

For best results, remove your ham from the refrigerator one hour prior to baking. This will let the ham come down to about room temperature and will help it to bake more evenly while in the oven.

Bake the ham on the lowest rack position in your oven.

Keywords: Coca-Cola Glazed Ham Recipe, cola ham, glazed ham, southern, easy

 

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You might also like this recipe: Baked Ham Shank with Brown Sugar Glaze

Or, how about this one:  Corned Ham

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  1. Sandra says:

    Baked my 8# butt portion Cooks ham last night. I started it off first hour at 335° then basted it. Returned it to oven for 15 minutes, basted it and decided to recover it and upped the temp to 350°.(due to time restraints). Inserted my meat thermometer, basted, and returned it to the oven uncovered until it reached 140°. Removed from oven, let sit 15 minutes and put it covered, in refrigerator. This morning I sliced it to taste it. It is so moist, tender and it tastes delicious!!! Thank you for yet another successful meat recipe! This is my third attempt to cook a ham, finally I found clear instructions. This is the best! My search ends here. I love your site.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Sandra, Thank you for trying our Coca-Cola Glazed Ham recipe and for sharing your results with us. Hopefully your comments will encourage someone else to try it as well. I do appreciate your compliments on our site. I’m happy you found us and that you’ve tried some of our recipes. It’s greatly appreciated. The door is always open, so please feel free to stop by any old time. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  2. Kathleen says:

    Dear Steve,
    You’re absolutely right about those spiral glazed hams. They really tend to disappoint.
    Thank you so much for the newsletter and great down home recipes. You always keep it real!
    God bless !
    🙂

  3. Margaret says:

    I have to tell you right away that I enjoy reading all of your newsletters. While I might not cook every recipe you post I do read thru each recipe. On the other hand I have cooked some of your recipes & they have turned out GREAT!! I appreciate all of your hard work in preparing & posting your newsletters. And your photos are really clear & good quality. Please don’t get discouraged. Your newsletters are a breath of fresh air & cheer me up. I am old & don’t get out & about anymore.

    Keep up the good work. Include me as one of the lucky ones that enjoy your newsletters & efforts with posting the recipes.

    I also enjoy the different restaurants that you visit. Most interesting as I guess I am a foodie meaning that I enjoy eating. Maybe one day I will visit some of these places. I enjoy reading about your traveling & food experiences – good or not so good. Thanks for sharing.

    Sounds like Jan & Billy are going thru some rocky road times. They will be remembered in my prayers for sure.

    The Ham Salad Recipe was soooo good. You know it’s good when your eyes roll up to heaven or roll to the back of your head & say oh my goodness gracious it’s good.

    I can’t wait to try the Coca-Cola Glazed Ham. Your photos were so clear & realistic that I am going to look for a Ham this week for sure.

    By the way, I am including a FaceBook Post about “A guy connected his alexa to a talking fish and the results are hilarious! “Billy bass, tell me a joke…” Hope the link I am sending works since you enjoy fishing. It’s really funny.

    https://www.facebook.com/uniladmag/videos/4699145376775151/

    Thanks again for the news & recipes,
    Blessings to you,
    Margaret Lynn
    Emporia, Kansas

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Margaret, Thank you for subscribing to our Newsletters and for taking the time to write me back. It’s always great to hear from you. I did get to see the video of Billy Bass. It was very funny. I might just happen to have two of those things here. My friends seem to know that I like to fish. I appreciate your visits and your support. I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  4. Lillian Rayner says:

    Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I plan to try the Coca Cola glaze. Praying for your friends, Billy and Jan.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Lillian, Thank you for being a subscriber to our Newsletters. I do hope you’ll try the glaze one day. Thank you for your prayers for Billy and Jan, we all appreciate it. I also appreciate your visits and your support. I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  5. Audrey Kilgore says:

    Hello, Steve. I’m part of those who read the whole newsletter and enjoy the recipes. I don’t cook like I used to, but my mouth waters from the pictures! Sorry to hear about your friends. Life can turn on a dime. We need to enjoy each day. My husband used to say “every day’s a challenge.” He’s gone now but I try to remember his words and be grateful for what I have. Best wishes to you and yours.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Audrey, Thank you for your very kind words. We do need to enjoy each day to the max. I’m sorry your husband has passed, and I hope you have great memories of your time together. I appreciate your visits and your support. I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  6. Don Pike says:

    Hi Steve, my wife and I are ardent readers of your newsletter and enjoy your travelling adventures. My wife has tried many of your recipes with great success thank you very much. My only try was your baked beans, and they are now my staple dinner contribution that I can make. I hope that with all the good wishes and prayers for Jan, that she can make a speedy but safe recovery and that Billy will be able to get out once and a while for a little fishing with you, just to give each other a little time to rest. Take care until next newsletter and be blessed.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Don, I’m glad you like the baked beans recipe and hope you cook them often. Thank you for subscribing to our Newsletters and for reading the recipes. It means a lot to me. Billy and Jan appreciate your prayers and well wishes. I appreciate your visits and your support. I do hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  7. Sandra Lowry says:

    Hi Steve,
    This recipe is definitely a Southern favorite. We love anything with Coca-Cola! Makes me want to cook a ham soon. You are right about the mistaken idea of a wooden spoon across a pot keeping it from boiling over. I just had that happen last week so I won’t try that again.
    I am sorry to hear about Jan’s accident. Buying breakfast and moments later heading to a hospital seems impossible but we never know. She has a lot of people thinking of her and wishing her well through Taste of Southern. All your friends are now her friends!
    Thank you for all you share with us.
    Sandra

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Sandra, Have you tried the Coca-Cola cake? I’ve got to post that recipe soon. And yes, that wooden spoon trick didn’t work for me that day. Go figure. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers regarding Jan, they are greatly appreciated. I’m very happy to hear from you and that you stopped by. I hope to hear from you again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  8. Cynthia says:

    Hi Steve, Just want to let you know that I LOVE your newsletter. I go through all my other emails & leave yours for last so I can savor it. I’ve tried many of your recipes. I too bought a ham last week that was on sale. I can’t wait to try your recipe and then make some ham salad.
    Will include your friend Jan and her family in my prayers. Such a freaky thing. God speed my friend, from Mesa, AZ.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Cynthia, I do hope you’ll get to try the glaze and that you’ll like it. I’m thankful you subscribe to the Newsletters and appreciate all of your visits and your support. It means a lot to me. I hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Cynthia says:

        Made the ham last week. Turned out great! Put the remaining glaze in a honey bear to drizzle over the left overs as I eat them. Yummy and moist. Thanks.

  9. Sharon says:

    I too look forward to your newsletter. Praying for your friend Jan and Billy. We have to count our blessings each day and realize life can change in an instant. Next time I pick up a ham I will try your recipe. My late father in law used to cook his with Coke so I bet it will bring back memories. Thank your for sharing recipes and part of your life with us weekly. God bless.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Sharon, I do hope you’ll get to try the ham and that it tastes like you remember from your father-in-law. I’m happy that you subscribe to the Newsletter and that you look forward to getting it. I’m thankful for that. Thank you for your prayers on behalf of Jan and Billy. I know they will be thankful as well. I do appreciate your visits and hope you’ll stop by often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  10. LaTonya Copeland says:

    Good morning Steve, I read your newsletters each week.. I try most of your wonderful recipes and I enter the contests

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi LaTonya, Thank you for subscribing and reading the Newsletters. Means a lot to me to have your support. I’m happy to hear you’ve tried some of the recipes. Maybe its time we have another contest. Thanks for the idea. I do appreciate your visits and hope you’ll stop by often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  11. Linda G Ferguson says:

    I look forward to your Newsletters every Monday. I may not make all your recipes when you publish them, but I do go back and pull up some from your past entries. I like that I can do that. Most of all I like your stories. I’m 73 and most of my friends have passed on or have gone to live with their children, so it is really a pleasure to have you visit.

  12. Josie says:

    I’m going to have to give that ham a try the next time we have a family get together. It sure does look good. On another note, prayers going up for your friend’s wife. God is good.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Josie, I do hope you get to try the ham. I think you’ll enjoy it. Thank you for your prayers for Jan, I know she will appreciate it. Thank you for your visits and I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  13. Dolores says:

    I haven’t tried this recipe before but it looks delicious and I will give it a try soon. Thank you for you newsletters, I don’t comment often but I do enjoy reading your recipes and your tales about life. smile.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Dolores, Do let me know if you ever get to try the recipe. It really is good. I think you will like it. It’s always great to hear from you. Thank you for your visits and I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for your emails. I enjoy watching you cook through the pictures. I’d like to hire you as our personal chef:) I hope your friends have peace in their faith that God will take care of them. Enjoy the cooler weather for as long as it lasts.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Elizabeth. I’ll have to think about the job offer. Smile. Thank you for making my day. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts for Jan and Billy. I know they will be most appreciative. Thank you for your visits and I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  15. Betty Goodman says:

    I don’t always reply but I always enjoy reading your newsletters. Print most of the recipes for future use. Love all the pictures of places I will never be able to see myself. Thanks and know that a few of us subscribers really enjoy spending time with you. Hope to hear good news for Billy and Jan.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Betty, Just knowing you read the Newsletters means a lot to me. Thank you for subscribing. I do hope you get to try many of our recipes. I hope to be able to share good news regarding my friends Billy and Jan very soon. Thank you for your visits and I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  16. Betty Maloney says:

    Hi Steve!

    Just want to tell you how much I enjoy your newsletters & recipes. First thing I do every Monday morning is bring up my emails with coffee cup in hand & read your posts & every recipe you include. I have on occasion made a few for my husband & myself, and have decided next time we have our family over for dinner, I will certainly try your Coca-Cola Ham recipe. Looks good!

    In closing, I will certainly say a prayer for your friends and pray that the good Lord will put his healing hand upon her. In closing, I just want to say how much I enjoy your posts & I do read each & every one of your recipes. Thank you for what you do & please continue to keep doing!

    God Bless!

    Betty Maloney
    Faithful Reader

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Betty, Thank you so very much for your very nice comments and compliments. I’m happy to hear you are a subscriber to the Newsletter and glad we can visit with you on Monday mornings. It means a lot that you read our Newsletters and try the recipes. Thank you for your prayers for Jan and Billy. We do appreciate that. I hope to keep sharing recipes for many years to come. Thank you for your visits and I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  17. Glenda Melvin says:

    Hey Steve, this recipe sounds delicious and I will make it the next time I buy a ham! As for Joe’s BBQ, we have enjoyed it for YEARS! We went to the one in Shallotte and Myrtle Beach and his old place in Whiteville. I stopped by there Friday and got a couple of lbs. of Que,slaw and hushpuppies and brought it back to Myrtle Beach for dinner. I always buy 2 lbs–one to eat and one to freeze! Joe’s “Pig Pickin” buffet on Friday and Saturday nights is the bomb! You need to try it one day!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Glenda, Thank you for your comments. I do hope you try the recipe for the ham. I enjoyed my barbecue from Joe’s and hopefully will get the chance to return sometime. I wasn’t aware they had other locations, but that’s good to know. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for your visits and I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  18. Marilyn Allison says:

    So sorry to hear about your friend’s wife, what a horrible thing to just happen. You don’t even think about how something like this just jumps in to change your life so unexpectedly. My prayers are with you all. Thanks for the time you put in to all the recipes you post. This ham looks so mouth watering. Have a great week, look forward to your next recipe and newsletter update on your friend.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Marilyn, It’s going to be a difficult recovery for Jan and her broken neck. I do appreciate you mentioning her and for your prayers for her and Billy. They are very dear friends. I hope you’ll try the ham recipe one day. Thank you for your visits and I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  19. Marlene Ashburn says:

    Thanks for the Coke ham. My late father-in-law always cooked his ham with Coke although not a true glaze. Will try yours this summer …always have ham throughout the warm weather, not sure when warm weather will arrive here in Middle Tenn. will pray for your friends. Bless you

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Marlene, I do hope you get to try the ham. I think you’ll like it. Hopefully you’ll see some warmer weather your way soon. Hang in there. Thank you for remembering Jan and Billy in your prayers. It’s greatly appreciated I assure you. Thank you for your visits and I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  20. Bob says:

    Thanks for your continued effort to spread the word about Southern cooking! In regards to reading and trying recipes I read the whole newsletter not just the recipes. I enjoy your stories and comments on businesses that you mention. It great to help these independent businesse by giving them a good word. I know they appreciate it. Keep on keeping on and I’ll keep trying a recipe when that memory of an aroma overtakes me.
    I also want to thank you for your concern and empathy for people! Very refreshing to feel the compassion for everyone!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Bob, It’s great to hear from you. I do hope we’ll spark your interest in trying some of our recipes. I’m glad you take the Newsletter and sincerely appreciate all of your support. Thank you for your visits and I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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