cherry coke-glazed country ham

Give the usual holiday ham a sweet twist with a Cherry Coke-infused glaze from Serious Eats. Coupled with seasonal spices, cloves and cinnamon, this recipe will definitely make for a memorable meal. It’ll also nicely complement savory dishes you may serve like mashed potatoes or grilled vegetables.


  • 1 country ham, 10 to 15 pounds, soaked
  • 1 liter Cherry Coke (or Dr. Pepper)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Adjust oven rack to lower position and preheat oven to 250°F. Place ham fat-side up on rack set over roasting pan. Pour 2 cups water and 2 cups Coke into bottom of pan and seal tightly with aluminum foil (you may need 2 or 3 pieces). Transfer to oven and cook until ham reaches 125°F in center when tested with an instant-read thermometer, 3 to 4 hours, depending on size and shape.
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining Coke, honey, brown sugar, black pepper, ground cloves, and cinnamon in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally until thick and syrupy, about 15 minutes.
  • When ham has reached 125°F, remove from oven, uncover, and score fat cap in crosshatch pattern, making slices about 1-inch apart. Paint with 1/3 of glaze, increase oven temperature to 400 degrees, and bake 5 minutes. Paint with 1/3 more glaze and bake until crisp and shiny, 10 minutes longer. Remove from oven and paint with remaining glaze. Tent with foil and allow to rest 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
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