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Apr 19, 2014 09:16 PM

anyone try the cherry Dr. Pepper or Root Beer or Coke glaze for baked ham?

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on my way to fetch a ham hopefully&wanted results if anyone had done the glaze of either of the sodas. leaning toward the Cherry Dr. Pepper. TIA

Happy Easter!

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  1. I've used Cheerwine with great success.

    I know Cheerwine is a regional (NC area) but flavor profile fits the Dr Pepper Cherry family. We Used it more as a basting liquid than a glaze. The ham was very juicy and flavorful. It tempered the saltiness of the ham with out being overpoweringly sweet. Guests typically clean the bone and ask how it's prepared, so it also gives that unexpected twist to those used to clove and pineapple or cherry covered hams.

    Good luck and please let us know your results. Happy Easter!

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    1. re: ncghettogourmet

      thanks ncghetto, memory of what I read or heard was baste with it frequently during baking and then reducing it down with other flavor profiles until it's a thick glaze that is put in bowl and passed around table. sounds worth it to try out

    2. Mrs porker made an Easter meal yesterday and used the Pioneer Woman recipe for a Coke glaze.
      Came out delicious.

      1. I always pour a Coke over a ham. I usually bake it in a roasting bag. The drippings mix with with the sweet and acidic Coke to make a delicious sauce.

        1. it didn't turn out well.
          ham was dry, syrup didn't reduce enough to be a syrup but wasn't enough left to try to add more, wouldn't have made a difference, won't do it again.

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          1. re: iL Divo

            Bummer. I usually baste with coke, a tradition born cooking from the skimpy larder at my ex's. Did you have a spiral cut ham? I had a dry one at Christmas that no amount of basting could fix. Last spiral cut I'll ever buy.

            1. re: Berheenia

              boy I did Berheenia

              did not know, simply assumed, it was a whole ham.
              took it out of the packing and then what? what to do, take it back to Von's probably not. I mean it was my fault.
              but all the basting in the world couldn't rectify the dry meat.
              I salvaged the rest in the freezer for when it's time for copycat bean with bacon soup. oh well, L&L

          2. If I was going to use coke or other soft drink I would use Mexican Coke or another non HFCS soda. Its a personal choice but HFCS is not on my home cooking ingredient list.

            The flavor of coke I would think could compliment ham and clove nicely if you could get the consistency right - maybe reduce first

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            1. re: JTPhilly

              BTW, Besides Mexican Coke, Passover Kosher Coke uses cane sugar rather than hfcs. So does all coke coming out of the Cleveland Ohio bottling plant.