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Cola-Basted Ham Recipe
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Cola-Basted Ham

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"This recipe calls for a pre-cooked ham, not cured or canned. It takes a bit of attention with frequent basting."

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Original recipe makes 12 to 15 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 45 mins

    4 hrs 45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (165 degrees C).
  2. Place ham fat side down in a shallow pan. Pour cola into pan 1/2 inch deep. Bake 2 to 3 hours, or until ham can easily be pierced with a fork, basting with cola every 15 minutes. Center of ham will read 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) on a meat thermometer. Remove ham from pan and cool.
  3. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Cut away the rind with a sharp knife. Combine sugar, mustard, bread crumbs and enough cola to form a thick paste. Spread paste over entire ham. Place ham on roasting rack in oven and bake 45 minutes longer, basting every 10 minutes, until mustard paste has melted into a dark glaze. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before slicing.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 07, 2003

I just made this for Christmas dinner for 8 guests. All I heard was "WOW!!" I used a 2-liter bottle of vanilla coke for a 12 pound bone in smoked ham. I turned the ham over in the roaster every hour or so to evenly distribute the cola juices. This saved me from having to stay in the kitchen to frequently baste it. I skipped the step with the paste and additional cooking on a roasting rack. This ham is very juicy, not salty at all, and very tasty. When my guests heard how I was making the ham, there was a lot of raised eyebrows. But when it came time to eat...let's just say I never heard them be soooo silent. All their skepticism went away with the first bite. Thank you for posting this recipe and the bellies of my guests thank you!!!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 07, 2003

I would've given this no stars if i had the choice...sorry! The "paste" was too thick - even though we added more and more cola to it and it turned into what looked like a mortar! The ham was dry and the "paste" tasted and smelled very bad. Won't try that again. Sorry, but i thought people should know...


51 Ratings

Dec 24, 2003

I made this ham for my in-laws at Easter this year. What a terrific idea to add cola in the cooking process! I did however tweek it a little. We had 2 half hams that totalled just over 8lbs combined. I scored the top of both hams and poured 2 cans cola over them. (Two cans gave me about a half inch in the bottom of my big roast pan.) I left the lid on and basted about every 15-20 minutes with the cola in the bottom of the ham. I didn't make the recommended paste for our ham but rather did what I usually do when making a ham. Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tbsp dry mustard, 1 tsp yellow mustard, and enough real maple syrup to make a thick "slurry". The ham was baked in total for 2 hours. During the last half hour is when I brushed on the maple mixture, with the lid off. My partners scepticism about cola and ham together went away with the first bite he had! I didn't tell our guests till after they were done that it was basted with mother and father-in-law had 5 plates between the 2 of them! The cola was a tasty addition to my old recipe. Thanks so much!

Jan 26, 2006

This recipe really is fantastic. The ham was so tender. I did follow the advice of others and omitted the bread crumbs. The result was a beautiful, slightly carmalized, mustard sauce on the outside of the ham. Also, I used cherry cola with a few garlic cloves floating in the pan. I don't even like ham, and I loved this. Thanks for the great recipe.

Apr 18, 2003

I use 7-UP instead

Jan 10, 2006

WONDERFUL!!! The recipe was a complete success. One suggestion, however. SInce my hubby & I are diabetic, I tried w/splenda brown sugar & diet soda & it came out just as well as the lareger one I made for the non-diabetics at xmas dinner

Dec 26, 2007

the boyfriend wanted cola ham for christmas as they did this often in his hometown in indiana. being from hawaii, i didn't want to get rid of my pinapple glaze. so i just made my pinapple glaze and added a can of cherry coke to the mix and it was really delicious! the addition of coke makes ham very good! give it a try!

Dec 25, 2004

I made this recipe for my first holiday dinner party at my new home. I followed the steps to a "T" but when it came time for the paste, I omitted the breadcrumbs and it turned out absolutley delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 665 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 214 mg
  • 71%
  • Fat
  • 22.6 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 69.3 g
  • 139%
  • Sodium
  • 334 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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