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Dr Pepper Glazed Ham

This glazed ham recipe, like many of those submitted by our readers, was the creation of a resourceful mother, in this case, the mother of one of our editors. Never one to shy away from the possibility of failure, Mom always experimented with traditional Christmas recipes-even when it came to the ubiquitous spiral-sliced ham. This adventurous (and successful) attempt to dress up the holiday ham with a Dr Pepper glaze may seem strange at first glance, but the combination of flavors from the fruity soda, fresh orange juice, and mustard gives this dish an unbeatable sweet tang that’s pure genius. Use of an oven bag gets the shank on the table in record time and ensures that it’s moist through and through. This ham is more than enough to serve a crowd and still have some leftovers.–The Editors of Cook’s Country

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Special Equipment: plastic oven bag or aluminum foil

Dr Pepper Glazed Ham Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 5 H
  • Serves 20 to 30

Ingredients

  • 1 7- to 10-pound spiral-sliced, bone-in half ham, preferably shank end
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dr Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Directions

  • 1. Remove the ham from the packaging and discard the plastic disk that covers the bone. Place the ham in the plastic oven bag, tie the bag shut, and trim the excess plastic. Set the ham, cut-side down, in a roasting pan or 13-by 9-inch baking dish and cut 4 slits in the top of the bag. (Alternatively, if you don’t have an oven bag, place the ham, cut-side down, in the roasting pan or baking dish and wrap the ham and pan tightly with foil.) Let the ham rest at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours.
  • 2. Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position and heat the oven to 250°F (120°C).
  • 3. Bake the ham until the center registers 100°F (37°C) on an instant-read thermometer, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the ham. (Figure about 14 minutes per pound if using a plastic oven bag, about 17 minutes per pound if using foil.)
  • 4. While the ham bakes, bring the sugar, Dr Pepper, orange juice, and mustard to a simmer in a medium saucepan and cook until syrupy and reduced to 3/4 cup, about 8 minutes.
  • 5. Remove the ham from the oven and roll back the sides of the bag or the foil to expose the meat. Carefully tip out the juices that have collected in the pan into your sink. Brush the ham liberally with the Dr Pepper glaze and return it to the oven, uncovered, until the glaze becomes sticky, about 30 minutes. (Check the ham occasionally and if it appears to be browning too much, tent it with a piece of foil.) Remove the ham from the oven and brush it again with the Dr Pepper glaze. Tent the ham loosely with foil and let it rest for 30 to 40 minutes before slicing and serving.
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