A couple of years ago, my younger son Bailey and I were watching the Paula Deen show together. Bailey showed an interest in making Paula Deen’s baked Coca-Cola ham. Together we made the ham. Since that day, whenever it is requested Bailey prepares the ham for the family or for a crowd. This has become his trademark recipe.
We traditionally think of preparing ham for the holidays but, ham is a wonderful way to feed your family or your guests, and still have plenty left over for ham sandwiches and other meals throughout the week. Also, a baked ham is easy to prepare and is easy on the family food budget.
Baked Coca-Cola Ham
Serves a crowd
Recipe from Paula Deen
1 (10 pound) fully cooked ham
2 (12-ounce) cans cola
Canned pineapple rings
Light brown sugar for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 325 F.
Place the ham in a shallow roasting pan. Baste the ham with cola. With toothpicks, stick some pineapple rings on the ham, about 4 or 5 rings. Sprinkle some brown sugar on the rings. With toothpicks place a cherry in each pineapple ring hole, and then stick some cloves in the rings. Cover it with foil and bake 15-18 minutes per pound of ham, or until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. Baste with cola about every 30 minutes while cooking.