|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 9 to 12|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 15g||20%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||22%|
|Total Carbohydrate 23g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This popular American dish seems like an odd combination of ingredients, but the sweet cola and tangy mustard add a beautiful outer crust to a fully cooked ham, making this dish an irresistible main that will favorably surprise your guests' palates. Before starting, make sure the ham you buy will fit comfortably in your slow cooker.
A USDA-inspected fully cooked ham, like the one we use in the recipe, can be eaten without heating, but heating improves the flavor and texture. If your ham is not labeled "fully cooked," make sure it reaches the minimum safe temperature of 145 F when measuring with a food thermometer. A fully cooked ham is done when it reaches a temperature of 140 F. If your ham is not pre-cooked, the minimum safe temperature is 145 F.
If you have a ham larger than 5 lbs., cook for 1 hour on HIGH, then 8 to 10 hours on LOW.
See the tips and variations below for ideas and flavor variations, including a whole menu to serve along with this amazing sweet-savory ham.
Gather the ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and mustard. Stir to blend thoroughly.
Moisten the mixture with just enough cola to make a smooth paste. Reserve the remaining cola and set the mustard-sugar paste aside.
With the help of a sharp knife, score the ham with shallow slashes in a diamond pattern.
Rub the ham with the mustard-sugar paste mixture. If desired, insert a whole clove in each intersection of the diamond pattern.
Place ham in the slow cooker and add the remaining cola.
Cover the pot and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Turn the slow cooker to LOW and continue cooking the ham for about 7 to 9 hours. Use an instant-read food thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham, not touching bone or fat, to ensure the ham has reached the safe temperature – 140 F for fully cooked, and 145 F if not pre-cooked.
Baste the ham with the juices it has yielded about one hour before it's done.
Remove from crockpot and leave to rest for 15 minutes before carving.
Cola Ham Menu
This sweet-savory ham is a great holiday main dish. Here are a few suggestions for side dishes that pair well with these flavors:
- Starches: An earthy Wild Mushroom Pilaf complements the sweet notes of the ham, as does a Baked Rice with Spinach. For more traditional side dishes with a twist, try Mashed Potatoes and Rutabagas, or this Irish Mashed Potatoes With Cabbage.
- Vegetables: Make Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and add a sweet tangy note to your table. Try Braised Leeks and Carrots, or a creamy side of Spinach.
- Sauces: A classic Raisin Sauce is a great addition to this ham, as is a Honey-Mustard Sauce.
Try our pineapple-topped cola ham:
- Add 2 tablespoons of fresh citrus juice to the sugar-mustard paste, plus 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Rub the ham with the paste and cook it in the crockpot as directed.
- About an hour before the ham is done, place several pineapple slices over the surface of the ham, securing them with toothpicks.
- For a decorative presentation, stick a maraschino cherry in the middle of each pineapple slice with more toothpicks.