Aretha Franklin's Queen of Soul Ham

READY IN: 2hrs 35mins




  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Using a paring knife, score the ham, creating a diamond pattern. Insert cloves into the corners of each diamond.
  • Place the ham on a rack set in a 12 x 15-inch roasting pan. Cover loosely with foil, and bake until ham appears juicy, about 30 minutes.
  • Place brown sugar and mustard in a medium bowl, and stir to combine.
  • Gradually add ginger ale to brown sugar mixture until a pourable consistency is achieved; you may not need the whole can.
  • Remove ham from oven and remove foil. Pour brown sugar mixture over ham. Make sure you coat the sides too.
  • Cover ham with foil, return to oven, and cook for 1 hour, basting every 20 minutes.
  • Remove foil for last 20 minutes.
  • Remove ham from oven.
  • Arrange pineapple rings and maraschino cherries in a docorative pattern on ham, securing them with toothpicks.
  • Baste the fruit.
  • Bake ham until fruit is heated through, 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle ham with coconut garnish, if desired.