If you’ve never tried this easy Coke ham before, then you are seriously missing out. You’ll be amazed at how well the Coke permeates through the meat, creating such awesome flavours.
The result is the best ham I’ve ever tasted and even a large joint disappears in our house pretty quickly.
You will need:
1 large gammon roasting joint
2 large bottles of full fat Coke
1 large orange
1 large white onion
3 bay leaves
For the crust:
2 tbsp of your favourite mustard
2 tbsp of honey (clear or otherwise)
Salt and Pepper (I prefer rock salt, but probably not a good idea if children will be eating)
Give your meat a wash under a cold tap for a minute or so.
Heat the hob to it’s highest heat and place your ham into a large saucepan with the fat facing up. Pour the Coke over until everything but half an inch or so is covered. The part is important otherwise you’ll end up with uncooked parts. If you run out of Coke, turn of the heat and go and get some more.
Cook on a high heat for around 2 and a half hours, although for an exact cooking time check the size of the joint and adjust accordingly. Basically it’s an hour of cook time per kilo, so if it’s a big piece cook for longer.
Once cooking is complete, remove from the heat and drain out the Coke/cooking juice. To prevent a huge spillage, use the biggest colander you can find.
Preheat the oven to 240 degrees (slightly less for fan assisted).
At this point, use a sharp knife to remove 90% of the fat. You want a little on there still to bind the mustard and honey etc to form a crust.
Mix the honey and mustard in a cup, then use a spoon to lather over the part of the ham where the fat was. Add some salt and pepper over the top, then put into the oven for around 15 to 20 minutes. Keep a close eye throughout to make sure it doesn’t burn and looks the way you want it to.
Serve with crusty bread and a range of dips. As the chef I’d recommend stashing some for yourself, but that’s up to you 🙂
Brace yourself, because this one really is a cracker.
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