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Old 10-05-2013, 07:42 AM   #1
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Ham Cooked in Cola

Going back to the "What wouldn't you like to see on your plate" thread, the above has become very popular on the dinner party circuit over here courtesy of Nigella Lawson who's included it in a couple of her books.

I find it interesting that people rave about how fabulous it is but rarely seem to serve it more than once. I wonder if this is significant? "Emperor's New Clothes" ie "we're having it because it's fashionable and we want to look on trend but we don't like it much"?

Is this a dish you have much in America and what is it really like?

Incidentally, we once took a holiday house for a month and the loo was disgusting. The shops were closed and there were no cleaning materials available. We were at a loss until someone remembered reading that coca cola was a good cleaning agent. Someone else pulled a big bottle of the stuff out of her bag and poured it round the toilet bowl and left it to stand while we unpacked and went out for fish and chips and a pint or two.

When we came back we flushed and, lo and behold, a sparkling spotless loo! Hate to think what it does to your insides to say nothing of your teeth.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:12 AM   #2
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I have heard and read of using cola for cooking purposes to apparently add sweetness. I have never done it or known anyone to use it.
I did see fried Coca-cola at a fair a couple years ago.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:29 AM   #3
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I've never heard of it, but I don't drink or buy soft drinks.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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I've heard of using it to braise, but it is just one of the ingredients. I've also heard of using root beer in the same fashion. I believe there is a BBQ sauce in one of my books that uses root beer as well.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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I have heard of it, never done it.

I like to roast meat without a sweet glaze, I like to use the drippings for gravies, frying potatoes etc.

I do sometimes "paint" a baked ham with a little pure maple syrup while it is resting, waiting to be carved.

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Old 10-05-2013, 09:41 AM   #6
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I have heard it used when doing pulled pork and also slow smoked ribs...as a brine. I'll see if I can find the recipes. I've never done it myself but a neighbor once did a pork shoulder with Root Beer and it was pretty good.

Edit: I found one for ribs.
Cola Spare Ribs with BBQ Beans Recipe | BBQ Pit Boys
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:47 AM   #7
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I've made pulled pork with cola in the CP a number of times, pretty good stuff.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:56 AM   #8
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I've made pulled pork with cola in the CP a number of times, pretty good stuff.
Yes, I"ve seen recipes for it but be darned if I can find them now. Here is one I found for ham.

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Old 10-05-2013, 09:57 AM   #9
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Heard of it. Never did it. Not a big fan of baked ham.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:04 AM   #10
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Never baked a ham with cola. My sister did pulled pork once with it. All she did was to put the pork butt in the crock pot, added a 12 oz. can of regular Coke and cook. She said it was some of the best pork she'd ever had. I have it on my list to try it the next time I get a pork butt. I may try the ham too.
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