Dr. Pepper Ham

Update your baked ham with a sweet and sticky Dr. Pepper glaze! Use an oven bag and your ham will be done in record time without drying out, too.

It was my mom’s birthday yesterday. They celebrated with ham.

On Christmas? We eat ham. The story is, [insert name of any person who will attend any event, ever] loves ham, and nothing else, so that’s why we always have ham.

But it’s always the same: Plain baked ham. I got bored! I poured soda on the ham (video at the bottom).

A portrait photo of Dr. Pepper Ham. The ham is spiral cut and nine of the slices are stacked forward, showing the spiral cut marks and showing the sweet glaze created using Dr. Pepper. The ham is surrounded by lemon leaves and tehre are four lemon blossoms visible in the lower left hand corner. There is a can of Dr. Pepper visible in the right background. The ham is on a white serving platter and there is a silver serving fork in the foreground in the right corner.

It’s really easy to make, too!

Following a tip I learned from a Cook’s Country cookbook (see recipe notes), I baked the ham in one of those oven-safe plastic bags. This keeps your ham from drying out while it heats up in record time.

Meanwhile, the Dr. Pepper glaze is just 4 ingredients! Brush some of it on the ham once it’s heated and save the rest for the end.

A close-up square photo of Dr. Pepper Ham. The ham is spiral cut and five of the slices are stacked to the right while still attached to the bone, showing the spiral cut marks and showing the sweet glaze created using Dr. Pepper. The ham is surrounded by lemon leaves and tehre are four lemon blossoms visible in the lower left hand corner. There is a can of Dr. Pepper visible in the right background.

The result is a deliciously sticky ham with a little personality on the outside. The Dr. Pepper glaze really works!

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A square photo of Dr. Pepper Ham. The ham is spiral cut and nine of the slices are stacked forward, showing the spiral cut marks and showing the sweet glaze created using Dr. Pepper. The ham is surrounded by lemon leaves and tehre are four lemon blossoms visible in the lower left hand corner. There is a can of Dr. Pepper visible in the right background.
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Dr. Pepper Ham

Update your baked ham with a sweet and sticky Dr. Pepper glaze! Use an oven bag and your ham will be done in record time without drying out, too.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 190 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (7 to 10 pound) ham bone-in, spiral sliced
  • 1 plastic oven bag
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup Dr. Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Remove the ham from the packaging, including the plastic disk covering the bone. Place the ham in the oven bag, twist and tie the bag shut. Place the ham cut-side down into a 13 by 9 inch baking dish. Allow the ham to sit at room temperature for 90 minutes.

  2. Arrange an oven rack in the lower-middle position. Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Bake the ham until the center registers 100 degrees, about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. (Approximately 15 minutes per pound.)

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan bring the sugar, Dr. Pepper, orange juice, and mustard to a simmer. Cook until the mixture is syrupy and reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 8 minutes.

  4. Remove the ham from the oven and roll back the sides of the oven bag to expose the ham. Brush the ham with about half of the glaze and return the ham to the oven. Bake 10 minutes longer or until the glaze becomes sticky. Remove from oven.

  5. Remove the oven bag. Brush the ham with the remaining glaze and tent loosely with foil. Allow the ham to rest for 30 to 40 minutes at room temperature. Serve. 

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cook's Country's Best Lost Suppers.

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5 comments

  1. Yummy and so easy.

  2. That glaze is calling my name!

  3. And also, happy birthday to your mom :)

  4. My great grandma always makes a big ham for easter. I will have to try this recipe out! I do not eat much ham but when i do I like it to be sweet and sticky like this one looks.

  5. A nice ham always feels special, but adding a tasty glaze takes it to the next level. What a wonderful idea, Meggan. And so so American, as always, which is what I love about your blog! :-)

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