Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 hrs 55 mins
My brother-in-law previously owned a meat processing plant and is very good at cooking any kind of meat. Using the soda is his technique, and the glaze is something that I came up with just by combining what I thought would be good. We tried it on a 7-lb ham and it was spectacular. We had guests the first time I made it and they raved about it. Be sure to use regular soda as the sugar in the soda is the active ingredient. Diet sodas will not work. We also used Butter-Flavored Maple Syrup, but regular Maple Syrup would be fine--use whatever is in your cupboard! This recipe would work great for a Sunday dinner, holiday entertaining, or a special occasion. It can be adapted for a smaller or larger ham, just adjust cooking times accordingly. Hope you enjoy it!
- 1 ham (7 lb. uncooked)
- 2 cups Pepsi (or any dark colored soda -- Coke, Root Beer, etc. NOT DIET)
- 1⁄2 cup maple syrup (plain or butter-flavored)
- 1⁄3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Place ham face-down in large roasting pan. Pour soda over ham and cover. Bake ham at 325 for 25 minutes per pound. (7 lbs. comes to 3 hours 25 minutes).
- 30 minutes prior to the end of baking time, mix syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Microwave on high for 25 seconds. Stir.
- Brush onto ham liberally, reserving about 1/8 - 1/4 cup glaze.
- Return ham, uncovered, to oven for 20 minutes.
- Cover and reduce heat to 200 degrees for remaining 10 minutes. Remaining glaze can be used to glaze sliced ham prior to serving (Glaze may have to be reheated in microwave to maximize "brushability"). Enjoy!