pineapplehamPineapple and Cola Glazed Ham Recipe

Serves 16 or so

This is a riff on a recipe my grandmother used to do for Easter and Christmas. Do seek out a good ham that hasn’t been shot full of chemicals!

10 pound bone-in ham with natural juices
2 1/2 cups good apple cider, divided
2 1/2 cups cola, divided
20-ounce can of sliced pineapple
2 cups brown sugar

Let the ham stand at room temperature for 90 minutes.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Set the oven rack at the lowest position. Rinse and pat dry the ham. Using a sharp knife, score the skin of the ham in a criss-cross pattern. Place ham in a roasting pan. Pour 1-1/2 cups apple cider and 1-1/2 cups cola into the pan and add additional water if necessary to bring the liquid level to 1/2 inch. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil. Roast in oven for 3 hours (about 15 minutes per pound) or until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 100 degrees.

While the ham is cooking, prepare the glaze. Combine the remaining 1 cup of both the cider and cola, the juice from the pineapple (reserve the pineapple slices for later) and the brown sugar in a small sauce pan and simmer on low for 15 minutes, until it becomes thick and glossy. Let stand at room temperature until ready to use. As the glaze cools, it will thicken up, making it easier to brush on the ham.

Take the ham out of the oven when it reaches the first internal temperature of 100 degrees. Turn the oven to 425 degrees and brush the ham all over with about 1/3 of the glaze. Use toothpicks to stud the ham with the sliced pineapple. Once the oven comes to temperature, return the ham, uncovered to oven. Bake for 15 minutes until the liquid is bubbly and the ham has turned to a deep golden brown. The internal temperature of the ham should be 140 degrees F.
Remove ham to a cutting board and let rest for 15 minutes.

Return the remaining glaze to the stove on medium-low heat to warm the glaze up for serving. Carve and slice the ham, drizzle a bit of the cola glaze on each plate.