Tender and sweet, fall apart ham is one of my favorite meals! My dad makes the best one ever! It is lucky for me (and you), that he is always willing to share his secrets. Not only is his recipe for ham so delicious, but it is also extremely easy. See how to make my dad’s easy baked ham recipe.
Like I mentioned, my dad’s baked ham recipe is very easy. In fact, there are only three ingredients and three steps to make it.
Baked Ham Ingredients:
Ham of Choice (This one is a Shank Half, but the Butts are better.)
Coke (I have used Dr. Pepper and even Root Beer as well.)
Light Brown Sugar (I use quite a bit, but this is a preference issue.)
- Pour Coke over your ham in a baking pan, and let it fill the bottom. You can see how much I used in the pictures above.
- Pat the brown sugar onto the ham, filling the crevices. If you pour the brown sugar into a bowl first, it will keep you from accidently toughing the ham and then putting your hand back into the bag of sugar.
- Put the cover on it and bake it at 200 degrees overnight. It is literally that easy!
There really isn’t a specific time frame. We are late night people, so I usually put it on around 11:30 P.M., but you can start it earlier. The next morning, the smell will get you out of bed!
The last time I made it, I was making for a church event at night. I put it into the oven that morning before I left for work and let it bake throughout the day. It probably baked longer that way, but it still turned out great.
Options for Baked Ham
- We like to make this ham for large groups – holidays, family gatherings, & church events.
- Save the juice to use like gravy or dipping sauce for the ham.
- I pan-fried some leftover ham recently, adding some of the juice into the pan. The sugar caramelized on the ham, and it was delicious!
- You can use the leftovers for ham sandwiches.
- Chop some of the extra ham up for omelets or breakfast casseroles.
- Extra leftovers can be frozen.
- Save and freeze the ham bone! You can use it later to add to any type of beans.
- I found a great site that shows 10 different ways to use a ham bone. Check it out here.
- My parents’ homemade cornbread goes great with baked ham. You can see that recipe here.
I am glad my parents share their cooking secrets. They really know how to cook! I hope you get the chance to try this easy one, now that you know how to make my dad’s easy baked ham recipe. I really think you will enjoy it!
Have a Grace & Joy-filled day!
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