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Lela's Baked Ham

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total time 3 hrs, 40 mins
Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings
Choose the size ham that best suits your family. Bake it 20 minutes per pound and 20 minutes more once you add the second layer of glaze. Sop up the drippings with warm rolls.


  • 1 (8-lb.) smoked, ready-to-cook, bone-in ham
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cola soft drink
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • Garnish: fresh sage sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. If necessary, trim skin or excess fat from ham. Stir together brown sugar and next 2 ingredients in a small bowl. Brush half of glaze over ham. Wrap ham tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place in a foil-lined 13- x 9-inch pan.

  2. Bake ham at 350° for 2 hours and 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into ham registers 148°. Uncover ham and brush with remaining glaze. Bake, uncovered, 20 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a serving dish; let stand 20 minutes. Skim fat from pan drippings, and serve with ham. Garnish, if desired.

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