Well, OK, you can use Coke or Pepsi or whatever your
favorite is for this recipe, and either way, I'll bet you and your guests like
it better than honey. And in case you don't know, you can buy excellent spiral
sliced ham at Costco or other markets now.
Generally when you buy a spiral sliced ham, it will
include a package containing the instant ingredients for a glaze, including
honey buds. It's not bad, but trust me, don't feel bad about throwing away that
packet and using this glaze.
Dr. Pepper Ham
1/2 cup Dr. Pepper
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 spiral sliced bone-in half ham, 7-10 pounds (allow 1/2
pound per person, and you'll likely still have leftovers)
Unwrap the ham, remove the plastic bone cover, and place
in baking dish flat side down. Wrap the ham with foil and let sit at room
temperature for 1-2 hours.
Make the glaze (you can do this the day before or earlier
if you need to). Put the Dr. Pepper, sugar, orange juice, and mustard in a sauce
pan and bring to a
simmer. The mustard is hard to dissolve, and requires constant
stirring. (Next time I'm going to whip the mustard into a small amount of liquid
first, to see if it makes it easier.) Simmer the glaze for about 10 minutes, and
remove from the heat.
Put oven rack at low position and preheat oven to 250
The ham is already cooked, so all you really need to do
is to warm it up. If you cook it too long, it will lose moisture and flavor. In
fact, last time I had the official Honey Baked Ham, they told me to put the ham
out of the fridge for a few hours and eat it at room temperature. I'm sure that
way the customers get a more flavorful ham than if they cook it to death.
I estimate that about an hour is enough to warm the ham.
If you want, you can test the internal temperature, but it's not necessary to
get it much above room temperature. When it's warm in the center, take it out of
the oven, remove the foil, and paint the glaze on with a brush. Put it back in
the oven for 10-15 minutes to set the glaze, and then remove the ham from the
oven, paint it again with glaze, and cover it until it's time to eat.
The real convenience of the spiral cut ham is that when
it's time to serve you just lay it on its side and make three or four cuts into
the ham along the fat lines, and you'll get beautiful serving pieces like in the