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!
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.
|Type||Pounds||Minutes per Pound||Nesco|
|Resource: USDA Food Safety|
|Whole, bone-in||10 to 14||18 to 20||13 to 14|
|Half, bone-in||5 to 7||22 to 25||15 to 18|
|Spiral cut, whole or half||7 to 9||10 to 18||7 to 13|
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.
-- Glaze --
-- Ham --
- 2 bottles Coke, 1000 milliliters
- 2 tablespoon whole clove
- 10 pounds Ham sliced, bone-in
- 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.
- Remove the ham from its packaging and place it fat side up on the rack in the Nesco well.
- 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.