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Honey Cola Baked Ham for #SundaySupper

Honey Coca Cola Baked Ham | Magnolia Days

Food and cities are often related to each other. Some foods are named after the city or region of their origin. Such is the case with Vidalia onion and Hatch chile. Then there are food products certain cities have as their claim to fame. One of those is a world-famous cola invented in my hometown of Atlanta. Well, technically I’m from metro-Atlanta. Anyway, you can imagine that cola being a part of my childhood memories as both a beverage and ingredient. There was honey cola baked ham my parents would make for our Sunday Supper on certain occasions throughout the year.

The ham was baked for Easter and Christmas. There were a few other times during the year however those were the standard. My parents always baked it in the extra oven in the basement. I think it was to free up the one in the kitchen for other dishes. It was either that or because the oven in the basement was gas and back then gas cooking was cheaper than electric. Thrifty always was a factor. Saving a few cents in a three hour baking process was the thing to do.

Honey Coca Cola Baked Ham | Magnolia Days

Honey cola baked ham was one of my favorites when I was a kid. My mom would make her German Potato Salad to go with it. She also would make Coca-Cola salad which, of course, paired perfectly with the ham. There would be green beans or some other vegetable served with the ham too.

How does honey cola baked ham taste? The cola does a combination of adding a little sweetness to offset the ham’s saltiness and tenderizes it too. The cola itself has tenderizing qualities plus it steams the ham while baking. Honey simply goes so well with ham. It is a no-brainer flavor combo.

Honey Coca Cola Baked Ham | Magnolia Days

Making the ham is very simple. All you do is pour cola and honey over the ham, wrap it up with foil, and bake it for hours. I cut a crisscross pattern in the top of my ham to make it “pretty” but that is not absolutely necessary. My parents didn’t do that step.

Honey Coca Cola Baked Ham | Magnolia Days

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Honey Coca Cola Baked Ham | Magnolia Days
5 from 5 votes

Honey Cola Baked Ham

Honey cola baked ham is an easy recipe to make for a flavorful and tender ham that is simply baked with honey and cola (Coca-Cola® brand recommended).
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1 ham
Author Renee


  • 1 fully cooked plain ham bone-in recommended
  • 1 1/2 cups regular cola not diet, Coca-Cola® brand recommended
  • 1 cup honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a roasting pan or large baking pan with 2 sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil crisscrossed and long enough to cover ham (wide foil recommended).
  3. Place ham on the foil. Cut a crisscross pattern in the top of ham. Pull foil up around the ham.
  4. Pour cola over ham. Pour honey on top of ham. Seal ham securely with the foil.
  5. Bake for 3 hours.

Recipe Notes

Amount of servings depends on size of ham. You can generally estimate about 1/3 pound per person for a bone-in ham.

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Recipe Rating


Thursday 22nd of January 2015

I never ever thought of using cola to prepare a dish. It's a good idea and I think it is also good because the ingredients go perfectly separately.


Thursday 22nd of January 2015

It's amazing how many cola recipes there are out there. The ingredients for this ham sure do go together nicely.

Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Wednesday 21st of January 2015

This ham looks incredible! I will have to try it one of these days!

Mary Ellen

Tuesday 20th of January 2015

What a delicious looking ham. I love the sauce you put over it...

Cindys Recipes and Writings

Tuesday 20th of January 2015

Ham and potato salad are a natural combo to me! I love the idea of adding cola flavor to ham.


Tuesday 20th of January 2015

I can't even imagine growing up with this, but it must have been such a treat! This is an awesome recipe and I can't wait to share it with my friends :)