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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Crock-Pot Cola Ham for Easter!

Easter's coming, and I'm already stressing out about how to get everything cooked and on the table at the same time for the Easter Meal.  I know some people have this down to a science, but I'm just not one of them!
For all you busy moms, this is my FAVORITE way to make the Holiday Ham the easiest part of your meal using Coke and a Crock Pot.  I give total credit to my wonderful mother-in-law for this one - as a pastor's wife, she just has a knack for cooking good Southern food the easy and yummy way!

What You'll Need:
* 3-4 lb Fully Cooked Ham (I'm using the "Butt" half this year)
* 1 can Coca Cola (I find it's the most carbonated)
* Slow-Cooker big enough for your ham

Fancy People Extras:
*Orange or Pineapple Juice (For an extra basting zing)
*Pineapple Rings (Stick in with toothpicks)
*Maraschino Cherries (Stick in with toothpicks)
*Whole Cloves

Trim the fat, leaving a 1/4" layer.  Score your ham with shallow cuts diagonally (both ways) to make a diamond pattern.  Place in Crock Pot and pour Coke over it.  Cook on High for 1 hour, and then turn to Low for the next 6-7 hours.  While cooking, occasionally scoop out some of the liquid and pour over the ham to keep it moist.

NOTE: You can do this in the oven as well, just put it in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes/lb.  You'll want to set on a foil-lined pay and also wrap the ham in foil.  Wrap it in a way that allows you to baste with Coke frequently.

The acidity and carbonation in the coke tenderizes the ham and makes it very moist, plus gives a sweet flavor that noone would guess comes from a can of Coke!

What is your favorite way to cook your Easter ham?  Share it in the comment section!

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