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Christmastime in the South | Mama’s Coca-Cola, Brown Sugar and Pineapple Ham


As I was looking at my editorial calendar today, and saw I had planned to highlight a gorgeous Beef Tenderloin with Champagne Mustard Sauce, I realized that although it’s a quite lovely recipe, I have no personal feelings involved. Hmm…a dish that tastes great and looks impressive; what more do you need right?


That brought an interesting thought to mind. Aren’t holidays really, I mean truly, about making new memories, bringing fond memories back to mind, and sharing in a beautiful meal with the ones you hold near and dear? If I were raised through a lifetime of Christmases with fried Spam as the featured dinner table attraction, wouldn’t that be exactly what I would want in future years? Maybe if not the featured attraction, at least an appearance? OK, maybe not SPAM, but you catch my drift.

Although I adore a Beef Tenderloin with Champagne Mustard Sauce, my best and fondest memories of the Christmas Dinner table featured a beautiful, roasted pineapple and clove adored, baked ham. It was glorious, and the meals you can create with the leftovers, are magical.

In light of that, I present to you, my very Southern Mama’s Coca-Cola, Brown Sugar and Pineapple Baked Ham. It makes me feel happy, and all full of holiday spirit! What dish brings back your fondest memories? I would love for you to share!

Baked Ham

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Mama’s Coca-Cola, Brown Sugar and Pineapple Baked Ham


  • 1 Canned Ham – I used Hormel Black Label, but Mama always used Hostess
  • 1 can Coca-Cola,  reserved 1/4 cup
  • 1 Pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into slices (you can use the canned slices if desired)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1 jar Maraschino Cherries
  • 1 to 2 dozen whole cloves


Poke several holes in the top of the canned ham. Drain some of the juices. Slowly pour the can of cola into the holes in the ham. It’s a labor of patience, but it will absorb. Bake canned ham, IN CAN, according to cooking directions on the can. Be very careful when removing as the can will be incredibly hot.

Meanwhile, add the remaining cola, brown sugar and pineapple juices with syrup and melted butter in a small bowl and blend until sugar dissolves. Set aside. Once ham is baked, remove from can by cutting both the bottom and tops of cans to remove the suction. Adorn with with fresh pineapple slices, cherries, and cloves, then pour syrup over ham and pineapple. Serve warm.

Remember those leftovers I mentioned? An after Thanksgiving Day turkey sandwich has NOTHING on this Ham & Pineapple Ciabatta gem right here!


Mmmm. Mmm. Merry Christmas y’all!

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One Response to 'Christmastime in the South | Mama’s Coca-Cola, Brown Sugar and Pineapple Ham'

  1. Galina V says:

    It looks fab and sounds delicious. I know what you mean about food you grew up with. I feel nostalgic about proper mashed potatoes that my Mum served when I was a kid.
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