Total Time
4hrs 30mins
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I got this recipe from the cooking section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel years ago. It is the ONLY way I will make ham. Everyone who tries it raves about it, although it does look like a volcano erupted! :):) A little expensive in the ingredients, but worth making once a year! NOTE: The 1-1/2 hours prep time includes the 1-1/4 hours of boiling ham on stove..

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place ham in tall kettle and cover with ginger ale. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 1-1/4 hours. Remove ham from liquid and cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl to make a paste.
  4. Brush some of the mix over the ham and bake uncovered for 45 minutes.
  5. Continue baking 2 to 2 1/2 hours longer, until ham is heated through, brushing with mix as needed. Serve warm.


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Everyone loved this ham, even my kids (two teens and a pre teen)! It sounds like it would take awhile to prep, but it doesn't. The longest part, besides selecting what ham I was going to use, was it cooking.<br/><br/>I bought one of those sections of hams that was precooked. No bone, not sliced. I did make several 1/4 inches slices through the outer layer on the top and scored the bottom in a diamond pattern so the juices could penetrate into the ham. And it made it much easier to slice when it was done.<br/><br/>I used honey, not molasses, for this recipe and basted the entire ham. I slathered on more of the paste three times during the cooking cycle, and didn't use it all. It was cooked perfectly within the times noted and was juicy, flavorful and I have enough for leftovers tomorrow. <br/><br/>The ingredients to me were not expensive. The only waste I see are the cherries as we don't really like them, but I'll find a use for them. I even let the kids drink 1/3 of the Ginger Ale! However, it is a bit difficult to tell if the Ginger Ale is boiling or if it's the carbonation.

Heather M. April 01, 2014

Tagged this awhile ago and finally got to it. Why did I wait so long? The family loved it! I followed Me & Mr. Jones (aka Missus Jones) advice and boiled it the night before. I then put it in the oven and covered it after 45 minutes and went to church - it was great to come home to - the house smelled wonderful! Served scalloped potates and green beans - perfect Sunday dinner. Would make a great brunch dish too. Thanks WI Cheesehead!!

Acerast January 29, 2008

Wow! I made this for Easter and it was beyond well received. I chose to boil it in the Ginger Ale the night before. The whole family loved it! I knew this was a good recipe when I saw it came from a WI Cheesehead! (Family's from WI!) Thanks for posting!

Me & Mr. Jones April 09, 2007

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