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This Nesco Honey Baked Cola Ham is simple and flavorful. The ham stays moist because it is in the Nesco, and absorbs the sweetness of the cola.
Nesco Honey Baked Cola Ham
Nesco Honey Baked Cola Ham

The Nesco makes a great Honey Baked ham, whether you’re just warming one up from their store, or making your own. I hope you’ll try my Nesco Honey Baked Cola ham.

Merry Christmas to all! I make a ham on Christmas so I can have Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day. I also like to make quiche and or save the bone for pea soup.

No one can stand a ham that is all dried out. Thank goodness for the Nesco which keeps your ham nice and moist. I had heard that Coke-a-cola made for a really moist ham, so I decided to try it. Who doesn’t like Honey Baked ham glaze? I wanted to make a glaze with similar properties, and I was able to do that with the help of a little coffee. Yes, coffee!

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Ham Cooking Chart

Be mindful of cooking times with your ham.  An overcooked ham, even in a Nesco will be dried out and not very appealing.  For best results, use an instant-read thermometer and put it in the thickest part of the ham not touching the bone.

TypePoundsMinutes per PoundNesco
Whole, bone-in10 to 1418 to 2013 to 14
Half, bone-in5 to 722 to 2515 to 18
Spiral cut, whole or half7 to 910 to 187 to 13
Resource: USDA Food Safety

If you prefer a less sweet ham, and really love garlic, you might like my Garlic-Studded Ham with Cherry Glaze. I like both of these wonderful hams.

Freshly grated nutmeg is preferred and you will be glad you have it for many other dishes.  I can’t recommend Penzey’s whole nutmeg more.

Nesco Honey Baked Cola Ham

This Nesco Honey Baked Cola Ham is simple and flavorful. The ham stays moist because it is in the Nesco, and absorbs the sweetness of the cola.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 20 servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy
Calories per serving: 326kcal


— Glaze —

  • 1 tablespoon Onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ tablespoon Mace
  • ½ tablespoon Paprika
  • ½ tablespoon Dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoon dark corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Water
  • 1 tablespoon Coffee strong

— Ham —

  • 2 bottles Coke, 1000 milliliters
  • 2 tablespoon whole clove
  • 10 pounds Ham sliced, bone-in
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • 1 tablespoon Onion powder, 1 tablespoon Nutmeg, 1 tablespoon Cinnamon, 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger, 1/2 tablespoon Mace, 1/2 tablespoon Paprika, 1/2 tablespoon Dry mustard, 2 tablespoon dark corn syrup, 6 tablespoon Sugar, 2 tablespoon Water, 1 tablespoon Coffee strong
    Mix all the ingredients for the glaze together and set aside.
  • Remove the well from the Nesco. Have the rack inside the well. Heat the Nesco unit to 350.
  • 10 pounds Ham sliced
    Remove the ham from its packaging and place it fat side up on the rack in the Nesco well.
  • 2 tablespoon whole clove, 2 bottles Coke
    Score the ham in a diamond pattern on the top of the ham. Use your fingers to spread the slices a little bit, then pour both bottles of coke over the ham.
  • Spoon some of the glaze on the ham, then stud with the cloves in a nice pattern.
  • Put the well into the Nesco, cover and bake until the ham reaches 160 on an instant-read thermometer. Occasionally, spoon glaze on the ham.
  • When the ham has reached the proper temperature, raise the heat on the Nesco as high as it will go, 450, and bake the ham for 5 minutes, being careful it does not burn. The glaze should crinkle up. Turn the Nesco off.
  • Remove from the well, allow to rest for 10 minutes, and serve.


Watch the ham carefully so it does not burn!  Please see the above chart for suggested cooking times.


Serving: 286gCalories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 41gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 2046mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11g
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