Coca-Cola Glazed Ham

A recipe taken from America: The Cookbook
Coca-Cola Glazed Ham
Coca-Cola Glazed Ham

Coca-Cola, the major beverage brand born in Georgia, now serves almost 2 billion drinks worldwide daily. Its global headquarters are in downtown Atlanta, and some people cook with the soda.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 4 hours
Serves: 12-16


10–12 lb (4.5–5.4 kg) bone-in cured ham
1/2 cup (95 g) packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup (80 ml) Dijon mustard
1 large orange, washed and cut into
8 wedges (optional)
1 1/2 cups (355 ml) Coca-Cola


Position a rack in the bottom third of the oven and preheat to 325°F (160°C/Gas Mark 3).

Trim any excess skin and/or fat from the ham. Using a sharp knife, score the ham in a diamond pattern, making ¼-inch (6 mm) deep cuts spaced 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Place on the rack of a roasting pan.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and mustard. Rub the mixture all over the ham. Place the orange wedges on the roasting rack, around the edges of the ham. Pour the Coca-Cola into the bottom of the roasting pan (not over the ham). Cover the pan tightly with foil, wrapping it around the edges of the pan to seal. Using a small, sharp knife, make three small slits in the top of the foil.

Roast until the internal temperature reads 165°F (74°C), 3–3½ hours; after the first hour, baste with the pan juices every 30 minutes. Cover the ham with foil and let the ham rest in the pan for 30 minutes. Baste once more with the Coke mixture at the bottom of the roasting pan, then transfer to a carving board and slice.


With 800 home-cooking recipes, America: The Cookbook is a celebration of the remarkable diversity of American food and food culture state by state. Features 50 essays and menus from a 'who's who' of 100 foremost food experts and chefs.

America: The Cookbook is the first book to document comprehensively – and celebrate – the remarkable diversity of American cuisine and food culture. A thoroughly researched compendium of 800 home-cooking recipes for delicious and authentic American dishes, America: The Cookbook explores the country's myriad traditions and influences, regional favourites and melting-pot fusion – the culinary heritage of a nation, from appetizers to desserts and beyond. A unique state-by-state section features essays and menus from a 'who's who' of 100 foremost food experts and chefs.