Bailey’s Coca-Cola Ham with a little help from Paula Deen

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

Ingredients:
1 (10 pound) fully cooked ham
2 (12-ounce) cans cola
Canned pineapple rings
Light brown sugar for sprinkling
Maraschino cherries
Cloves
Directions:
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.
Enjoy!

52 thoughts on “Bailey’s Coca-Cola Ham with a little help from Paula Deen

  1. Ham is so great, easy to do and such a crowd pleaser and aven if there isn't such a crowd, like you said, the leftovers are great. This is beautiful and you can't go wrong with inspiration from Paula Dean!

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  2. That looks Amazing! Last time I baked a ham it was the same recipe, but with ginger ale; we loved it. What can it be in soda to make it so tender?Rita

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  3. Originally when you said Bailey's I thought you meant the Irish liqueur. But I don't think that would go very well with ham!Cola on the other hand – perfect.

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  4. I've never had the coca cola ham before, but it looks like it makes a wonderful glaze. SO cute that Bailey likes to watch Paula Deen anc cook along with you. I bet you have some tasty ham recipes coming up:D

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  5. Thank you, Joanne! I'm so glad I was not the only reader to have that same reaction. I think I even made a face before clicking on the link, thinking, \”ICK! Bailey's Irish Cream on HAM? Velva has lost her mind!\”This looks really good and you are so right about how far you can stretch a ham. All the way down to the bone for soup!

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  6. We usually have ham if my in-laws cook it. I don't know why we never do it here. We all love ham…and this is great looking. Has me hungry!

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  7. Ummm, my dad did not like Turkey (I know how un American), but he would make a ham each holiday, and I loved the cherries and pineapple. I always thought it was so 'exotic', lol for a young Texas girl at the time….Now I want a hunk of this! He (my dad) would have liked the coke aspect of this!

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  8. That ham looks awesome. Unfortnately coca cola has a restraining order out against me, for abuse. The use of the cola is inspired. Great for a large party. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Looks delicious. One of my favorite ham recipes, is to put a precooked ham in the crockpot with a can of 7Up. I think I've also heard about Dr. Pepper.

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  10. I make ham regularly, and I've got some good recipes for the leftovers (and there are always plenty because a ham feeds so many). I have a pulled pork recipe that uses root beer, and it's delicious. Who would have thought?

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  11. Well I must admit that I didn't think a ham cooked in Bailey's and Coca-Cola had the right appeal, but knowing Paula Dean, anything is possible. Glad to know it just your son cooking with Coca-Cola.Mimi

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