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December is our busiest time of the year. We start December 1st running and don’t quit till December 23rd. On the 24th I rest. (And do my shopping.) One of our Christmas Eve traditions is for my family to not only exchange gifts and revel in each other’s company, but also to enjoy a delicious baked ham. I created a recipe I called “Coca-Cola Glazed Ham.” The ham is slowly boiled in water then baked and basted with glaze made with Coke. Try this recipe once and soon it will be a tradition in your family. Believe me, it’s a Classic!

Coca-Cola Glazed Ham


– Hormel Brand EZ Cut Ham

– 1 Two liter coke

– 1 large can pineapple juice 46 ounces

– 6 ounces corn syrup

– 3 cups brown sugar

– ½ cup yellow mustard

– ½ cup cornstarch

– ½ cup water

– 1 can pineapple rings

– 1 jar cherries

– 1 Tbsp. whole cloves


Place ham in a large pot and cover with water. Simmer ham in a pot of water for two hours. Do not boil. While ham in simmering make the glaze. Put coke and pineapple juice in a large pot and reduce on medium high heat until it takes the consistency of a thin syrup. Add corn syrup, brown sugar and mustard. Bring to a low simmer and thicken with slurry of cornstarch and water.

Take ham out of water and put in a deep baking pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Decorate ham with pineapple and cherries using toothpicks to secure. Prick surface of ham with cloves. Pour about one third of glaze over ham and baked uncovered for thirty minutes. Pour another third of glaze over ham and bake a half hour. Pour remaining glaze over ham and bake thirty more minutes. Allow ham to cool slightly before slicing. Serve with fresh baked rolls and condiments.


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