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I’ve already mentioned John over at from the Bartolini kitchens. His stories bring back great memories for me. Such as this one, when at the age of 4 or 5 he found a live goat in his basement just before Easter! Did I mention John is Italian?! And from this same post, I made his Bourbon & Cola Sauced Ham. Bourbon & Cola & Ham! Need I say more?

For more in-depth details of this recipe and other mouth-watering dishes, you can check it out here.


8 lb./3.5 kg smoked ham, fully cooked

1 cup/236 ml cola

1 1/4 cup/296 ml bourbon

1/2 cup/100 g light brown or dark sugar

1/4 cup/60 ml mustard

fresh thyme leaves

whole cloves

Seeing as my ham was slightly bigger, around 10 lb./4.3 kg, I upped the ingredients just a tad. How could you go wrong with bourbon & cola? I used Dijon mustard. John has tried various mustards and they all work great.

Begin by leaving the ham on your kitchen counter for an hour prior to baking. After an hour, score the ham in a diamond-shaped pattern. Place a whole clove at some of the intersections.


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F/160 C. Add 1 cup of bourbon, the cola, brown sugar, mustard and thyme in a medium saucepan. Place over medium-low heat and reduce it until slightly thickened. In a roasting pan, add 1 cup of water and the remaining 1/4 cup of bourbon. Place the ham in the pan and brush it with the bourbon-cola glaze.


Place the ham in the oven, basting it every 20 to 30 minutes with the glaze. The ham will be ready when its internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F/60 C. My 10 lb./4.3 kg ham took about 3 hours. Remove the ham from the oven and transfer to a platter. Tent with foil and let it rest as you proceed with the remainder of your dinner.




Pour the remaining glaze and pan juices into a small saucepan. Over medium heat, reduce until slightly thickened. Pour into a fat separator. Slice up the ham and serve with some of the delicious bourbon-cola sauce poured over the top. According to P, you can’t have ham without scalloped potatoes. I say you most definitely can, but I complied to his request and served some scalloped potatoes alongside this oh! so yummy ham with bourbon-cola sauce!

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