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Dr Pepper Glazed Ham (The Recipe for your Holiday Ham)

Dr Pepper Glazed Ham (The Recipe for your Holiday Ham)

Dr. Pepper is the drink of my youth. It is sweet and has a hint of licorice, cherry, a touch of anise, and caramel.

These flavors are why Dr. Pepper makes such a rich glaze.

It is sweet, thick, and jammed with flavor.

These days hams are often sold fully cooked and accordingly need to be heated up.

This is the perfect moment to create a homemade glaze for ham and give that ham some extra flavor.

Glazing a ham adds color and texture to make a ham beautiful for presentation.

Thankfully, glazing a ham is easy to do.

How to glaze a fully cooked ham

When you glaze a fully cooked ham, you want first to create the glaze of your choice.

Next, you will coat the ham with half of the glaze, cover it with foil and then heat it in the oven according to the instructions provided.

Finally, about 15 minutes before it is thoroughly reheated, remove it from the oven and carefully remove the foil. Coat the ham with the remaining glaze.

Please return it to the stove and finish heating it.

Helpful Cooking Tips:

Tips for reheating a fully cooked ham

  • Use a meat thermometer to verify that the internal temperature of the ham is 140 degrees.
  • Allow the ham to rest for about 15 minutes before serving.
  • Covering the ham with foil why baking it helps keep the ham from drying out during the reheating process.
  • If it isn’t a spiral sliced ham, scoring the ham before putting in the oven will allow the glaze to seep into the ham and provide a better flavor.

How to keep from drying out a ham

Most hams sold in the grocery store are fully cooked or pre-cooked hams. The best way to keep from drying out your ham when you are reheating it is to cook it covered in foil and cover with a glaze.

After 20 minutes of cooking, brush the ham with glaze and baste it with the drippings in the bottom of the pan.

Repeat that process every 20 minutes until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees.

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Dr Pepper Glazed Ham

Dr Pepper Glazed Ham

Yield: 1 ham (12 servings)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Dr. Pepper glazed ham is the perfect holiday ham recipe. Buy a fully cooked ham and glaze it in the oven with this easy recipe.


  • 1 (6 lb) fully cooked ham
  • 2T orange juice
  • 2 t Spicy mustard
  • 3/4 c packed light brown sugar
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 c Dr Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Create the glaze –Add all ingredients to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer with the lid on for about 8 minutes.
  3. The glaze is perfect when it has reduced by about half and has thickened. When stirring, it should coat the back of the spoon lightly when dripping.
  4. Glaze and Heat the ham – Cover a roasting pan with foil and place a rack on itPlace the ham fat side up on the rack. Coat the ham with half of the glaze. Loosely cover the ham with foil.
  5. Bake the ham for about 1 hour and 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. This baking time will vary based upon the size of the ham and the oven.
  6. Final Ham Glazing – Remove the ham from the oven and take off the foil. Spread the remaining glaze all over the ham.
  7. Return the ham, uncovered, to the oven, and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the glaze becomes caramelized.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g

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Rose Galloway

Saturday 7th of March 2020

Nice & Sweet...

Donna L Holder

Saturday 7th of March 2020

this would be awesome to make

NancyB from Many LA

Friday 28th of February 2020

Classic recipe!

E Jackson

Friday 21st of February 2020

Looking good.

Molly Hearn

Friday 21st of February 2020

Looks yummy! Hubby loves ham

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