Comfort Food

Dr. Pepper Ham

I don’t know about the people in your house but the ones that live in my home love ham.  The Mermaid calls the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays the ‘Ham Bar’ – it is serious love.  One of my favorite recipes for ham is one of the simplest – a Dr Pepper Ham.  It is ridiculously simple.

You will need:

  • a pre-cooked / pre-sliced ham (I get a 2 pound Smithfield ham)
  • a can of Dr Pepper
  • brown sugar

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How to do it:

  • Lay a long stretch of foil in a baking dish.  It needs to be long enough to make a tent around your ham without touching the top.   If you do it right the foil will keep everything in it and you won’t have to wash the pan.
  • Put the ham on the foil.  ***Do not use pam or any grease it is not needed.
  • Pour a little soda on the ham just to get it wet.
  • Use your fingers and pat the brown sugar all over the top of the ham.  Try to smoosh some in between the slices without knocking them apart.
  • Dribble a bit more soda over the brown sugar to make it a bit like a paste – do not pour enough to wash the sugar off.
  • Fold the foil to make a closed tent around the ham.
  • Bake according to the package directions.  Generally 20 min for each pound at 325 degrees.
  • Open the foil and let it rest for a few minutes before digging in.


The left overs make great a great sandwich, omelet mix-in, salad topper, or just a snack with crackers and cheese.

You can also do this with Coca Cola but it comes out sweeter.


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