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Old 11-13-2008, 02:35 PM   #1
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Braising ham with coke?

saw it on iron chef and was just wondering if anyone has done it before. it sounds really good. does anyone have a recipe? I cook for one so I'll probably used packaged slices of ham about half an inch thick or less.

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Old 11-13-2008, 03:05 PM   #2
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Why would you braise something that's already cooked?
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:12 PM   #3
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Lots of years ago I had a cook from the south. He did that all the time. All he did was pour the coke right over the ham, no other ingredients that I was aware of. It was mighty tasty.
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:18 PM   #4
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But did he actually braise it or just heat it up in the coke
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But did he actually braise it or just heat it up in the coke
She braised it. I'm almost certain of it. But it may not have been a cooked ham, just lightly smoked.
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:49 PM   #6
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Absolutely!! I have used Coke many times on ham, it works GREAT!!

I sometimes add a bit of mustard or orange juice to it. I always add some clove if I don't dot the ham with cloves.

It makes a terrific glaze.

I would slow bake my ham, even if it was pre-cooked for a few hours and let the coke caramelize. Just don't burn it!
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:42 PM   #7
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I've used coke as a glaze for a precooked spiral ham. Root beer too. Usually with mustard and soy sauce.

But I'm not sure about braising a precooked slice of packaged ham in coke.

But try it and see!
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Using colas to baste/glaze a ham was fairly common, at least here in the South, during WW II due to sugar rationing. It appears that while sugar was rationed and in limited supply (brown sugar was extremely hard to get) - colas were not rationed and were usually readily available, especially in the areas within about 100 miles of a bottling plant. There were other interesting inventions during this time like the Coca-Cola Cake, some qiuick breads, cola glazed pork chops, to make BBQ sauce, etc.

Other colas commonly used to glaze hams were Dr. Pepper for it's fruity "prune" flavor and Root Beer for it's sassafras flavoring.
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He braised it for at least 2 hours.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:25 PM   #10
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Ok, I think I'll try making a glaze rather than braizing, since the ham is has been pre-cooked.

And M. FTW, I think I've had cocacola cake before. it was realy good. Maybe I should look up a few other recipies with coke while i'm at this.

Anyone used soda for things other than ham?
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