secret ingredient ham …

April 22, 2011

As we are approaching Easter weekend, for many of us, ham is sure to be on the menu.   There are so many ways to prepare a ham, with all the different glazes, sauces, and methods.  So, if you are at a loss on how to prepare your Easter ham, look no further.  I have worked to perfect this recipe over the years, and I am even willing to share with you my secret ingredient, Coca Cola.
I am not a big soda drinker, but I purposely keep a little stash of Cola in my pantry for this purpose.  The cola adds a nice sweetness to the ham, as well as a nice deep flavor.
{Secret Ingredient Ham}
3-7 lb ham [I don’t usually get the pre-cut kind, because it doesn’t seem come out as moist, I also prefer bone-in, as the flavor is a little better]
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 cups coca cola
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
1 tbsp dijon mustard
-place all ingredients but the ham in a bowl and whisk.
For crockpot: place ham in crockpot and pour mixture on top. cook on low for 4-8 hours or high for 2-4 hours. Pour juice over the ham every so often
For roasting in the oven: place ham in a roasting pan, and pour mixture over the top, bake in oven covered in a roasting pan, 18-24 minutes per pound of ham at 350 degrees. Pour juice (baste) over the ham every so often.  Uncover the ham in the last 20-30 minutes of roasting.
*more tips on cooking ham here.
*if you are using a larger ham, just increase ingredients accordingly.

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