This Brown Sugar and Coke Glazed Ham is packed full of flavor, and containing only 3 ingredients is super simple to prepare and cook too. I like to use a ready cooked spiral ham joint to really help me get ahead.
Brown Sugar & Coke Glazed Baked Ham
This Brown Sugar and Coke Glazed Baked Ham is perfect for Easter Brunch, Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner, or indeed any special occasion.
Coke & Brown Sugar Glazed Ham also makes a great prep ahead weekend lunch or dinner, for those lazy days when you just want to kick back and relax.
It’s also great for potluck meals or dropping off when our PTO feeds the Teachers before Parent/Teacher Conference night, because it’s simple and easy to make, and a few ingredients go a long way!
This is a super Easy Baked Ham Recipe, with only 3 ingredients (4 if you also include some pineapple!). I also use a pre-cooked ham joint, which saves me lots of time in the kitchen.
My kids LOVE this Coca-Cola Glazed Ham recipe. I like that it’s a stress free recipe that you can pull together in minutes, then put it in the oven and leave it alone until it’s time to serve.
Here I show you How to Cook Ham in Coke, it’s packed full of flavor and this is recipe is so simple that you will keep coming back to again and again.
Why cook ham in coke?
Coke adds great flavor to any glaze that you add it to. It has a sweet, almost mollases flavor but with just the right amount of acidity to stop is being too sweet. It works great as a glaze for ham as it also helps to tenderize the meat.
How to glaze a ham with brown sugar and coke:
- Mix the brown sugar and coke together in a small bowl.
- Spread over the pre-cooked ham join and place in a baking dish or roaster pan.
- Cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake according to package directions (the joint I used said 10-12 minutes per pound)
- Remove from oven and set it aside to rest on the counter for 30 minutes (giving you plenty time to get on with preparing any side dishes!)
Recipe ingredients & flavor variations:
- HAM: for ease and speed of cook, I use a Spiral Sliced Pre-Cooked Ham, it cuts right down on cooking time. A whole spiral cut ham works best as the glaze gets right into the ham, coating every slice and imparting really great flavor.
- BROWN SUGAR: you can use light or dark brown sugar, both work in the glaze and give that great molasses flavor.
- COKE: I use regular or diet coke but have also made a Cherry Coke Ham Glaze and it’s just as delicious. For sometime a little different try swapping the coke for Dr Pepper which also works a treat too.
- PINEAPPLE: I sometimes add some pineapple slices or crushed pineapple to the dish, which my kids just love.
- CHERRIES: try adding some cherries along with the pineapple to intensify those fruity flavors which work so well with ham.
- MUSTARD: if you love the flavor of mustard try adding some Dijon or whole grain mustard to the glaze too.
- Use a 9×13-inch baking pan for this ham then cover it with some kitchen foil.
- However I like to make things easier, and disposable aluminum pans make cooking this ham a breeze and really cuts down on the scrubbing and washing up!
- Always make time to set the ham aside to rest for 30 minutes. This will allow the joint to absorb all the meaty flavors and glaze, resulting a better tasting and juicier joint of ham.
- Nothing goes to waste in my kitchen so I save the pan drippings in a mason jar or ice cube tray and freeze them. They are great for adding extra flavor to fried or scrambled eggs.
Can Brown Sugar & Coke Glazed Ham be made ahead?
My brown sugar and coke glazed ham is a great make ahead dish. Once cooked and cooled, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and can be enjoyed both hot or cold.
Leftover ham tastes great in salads and sandwiches for lunch the next day.
Can I freeze Brown Sugar & Coke Glazed Baked Ham?
Any leftover ham can be placed in an airtight container or zip-top bag and placed in the freezer for another day. Just make sure to freeze any leftover glaze too.
Once stored this tasty ham will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to enjoy, simply remove from the freezer and defrost thoroughly in the refrigerator. Then warm the ham up in the oven, with some of the leftover glaze to keep it moist and stop it from becoming dry.
There is so much flavor in my Coke and Brown Sugar Glazed Baked Ham that I keep the side dishes simple. I like to serve with Crispy Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans, and Angel Biscuits or try my super easy Sheet Pan Garlic Potatoes & Green Beans.
You can also serve this great tasting ham cold, with some side salads like my Apple & Pear Spring Salad.
- Spiral Sliced Pre-Cooked Ham
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 1/2 cup Coke
- Mix the brown sugar and coke in a small bowl
- Spread over ham placed in a baking dish or roaster pan.
- Cover with aluminum foil
- Bake according to package directions (mine said 10-12 mins per pound)
- Remove from oven, and let sit on counter for 30 minutes (perfect time to bake side dishes!)
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g
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