This Dr Pepper glazed ham calls for a spiraled ham to be brushed with a mix made from Dr Pepper, brown sugar, orange juice, and Dijon mustard. The ham absorbs the spice profile of the soda. Absolutely delicious. Don’t knock it till you tried it.
The editors of Cook’s Country magazine explain that this glazed ham recipe, like so many of the best things in life, was the creation of a resourceful mother. Although we confess that the inclusion of Dr Pepper may seem a tad odd, its sweetness in tandem with mustard lends the resulting ham a beguiling tang that folks at your table are gonna ask for again and again—so much so that you may not save it only for special occasions. Originally published August 28, 2009.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Dr Pepper Glazed Ham
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 5 H
- Serves 20 to 30
Special Equipment: plastic oven bag or aluminum foil
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This is a very easy ham to pull together. The oven bag works like a charm and keeps things from getting really messy. The glaze is simple to make, but has great depth of flavor. It really makes the ham. There is just enough sweetness to make you want more, but it isn’t sticky sweet. There’s almost a hint of a maple syrup quality to it, and the balance between sweet and smoky is really satisfying. This ham would be great for any occasion. Watch the glaze when it first begins to sizzle, as it foams and can boil over in an instant.
My hub is quite the connoisseur of all things pig, and his eyebrows shot up as high as I’ve ever seen them go as I assembled the ingredients for the glaze. Surprisingly, we both really liked the beguilingly sweet glaze. The whole thing is a cinch to make–you essentially warm a ham in a slow oven and then slather it with a slightly sticky glaze during the last few minutes. The temperature of the oven is so low, I’d say the ham’d hold well in case guests are late or some other unforeseen but unavoidable delay pushes back dinnertime. But what I appreciate most about the ham is the glaze, which imparts a relatively complex sweetness to the salty ham without fighting with the smokey interior. It had a lilt reminiscent of maybe maple, maybe molasses. We were both really taken by how the seemingly bizarre ingredients melded really nicely. Hub suggested perhaps a touch more orange juice in the glaze, although bear in mind I used freshly squeezed, not from a carton, which probably has a lot to do with it. Best yet, it’s just as good cold as hot. (As I type, hub is in the kitchen, standing at the counter, slicing and eating cold ham.) If I were serving to guests, I’d probably thinly slice an unpeeled orange or a couple clementines and intersperse them among the ham slices on a platter. And I’d defintely save those pan juices to pass on the side.
When I got a spiral-cut ham to fix for our Easter dinner, I remembered this recipe and I knew I had to try it. I’m so happy that I did. I got rave reviews from all my family. My dad, who rarely gives out compliments on food, kept going back for more and said it was really good. That’s high praise from him. Like Renee, I used fresh-squeezed orange juice, but I’m sure if store-bought is all you have on hand, it would still be delicious. I put the drippings from the bottom of the pan in a bowl and some of us added a little drizzle over our ham on our plate. My niece even put a little on her mashed potatoes and said it was great. This was a nice change from our usual brown sugar and pineapple ham. I think I’ll be making this one again.