Coca-Cola Ham

Coca-Cola Ham sm

Coca-Cola Ham is a Southern thing. The sweetness of the Coke pairs so well with the salty pork. It’s no wonder that generations of cooks have been preparing their holiday hams this way.

Don’t worry about measurements when making this recipe, just use your best judgement. It’s pretty hard to mess this up.

I usually serve the ham with some the Coca-Cola cooking liquid from the bottom of the pan. I also store any leftover ham in it.

Coca-Cola Ham

fully-cooked ham of your choice (I usually use a semi-boneless ham)
Dijon or brown mustard
brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350º F.

Trim excess fat off the ham and then score it in a diamond pattern. At this point, I place the ham in the baking dish.

Rub a layer of Dijon (or brown) mustard all over the ham. The amount will vary depending on the size of the ham. For a 6-pound ham, I used about 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of the mustard.

Ham with Mustard

Next, pack a layer of the brown sugar on top of the mustard-covered ham. I usually use twice as much brown sugar as mustard (but you can use more or less). Again, the amount will vary. For a 6-pound ham, I used 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Pour 1 to 1 1/2 cups of Coca-Cola in the bottom of the pan (not over the top of the ham).


Bake the ham for about 20 minutes per pound (That’s 2 hours for a 6-pound precooked ham). After the ham has been cooking for an hour, start basting it with the Coca-Cola/ham juices from the bottom of the pan every 20 minutes until done. For safety, use a meat thermometer to check to see if the ham is ready. You want the internal temperature of the ham to be about 145º F. Let the ham stand 15 minutes before slicing.


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