How to make an easy holiday ham

I have seen and tasted several variations of the traditional holiday ham. This one, I have to tell you is by far my favorite. I am going to show you step by step how to make a very easy holiday ham using Coca-Cola and bourbon! Yum!

How the ham started

Now this recipe started when I was tasked to make either a ham or turkey for my sales team for Thanksgiving week. A turkey seemed far more complicated and yall know I need easy when it comes to cooking. Through the years of trying different ways, I landed of this perfect mix.

While I no longer make this ham for my colleagues since I work virtually now. I still however make it every year for my annual Friendsgiving. Sometimes I bring it over for Thanksgiving dinner as an addition for the host.


Ham for Work

I mentioned these will be great for your employees or co-workers. However if you really want to spice it up, bring it to a company holiday party if it’s potluck style. Your colleagues will be very impressed you can make such a delicious classic. 

Not only will it be a conversation started, but also I find great interest is shown when you mention you made it with Bourbon. 

Ham for other Holidays 

I also mentioned I make this yearly for my Friendsgiving dinner. But you do not have to limit yourself to Thanksgiving festivities! You can make it for Easter and Christmas too!

Funny Story

Would it be my post if I didn’t tell you a funny story about it? One of the first times I made it, I for some reason only had colored toothpicks. Do you see where this is going? My ham ended up looking like it had been stabbed by rainbows. HA! Moral of the story is don’t use colored toothpicks!

Please send me a message here or Instagram after you make it. I would love to hear your thoughts. And don’t forget to pin it as well! You can also check out some of my other recipes as well. 

Easy Holiday Ham with Coca-Cola and Bourbon

How to make aan Easy holiday ham using Coca-Cola and whiskey.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • Conventional Oven
  • Marinade Injector


  • 1 Cup Brown sugar
  • 1 Spiral ham
  • 1 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1/4 Cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 Can Sliced pinnaple
  • 1/4 Cup Bourbon
  • 1 Jar Maraschino cherries


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix brown sugar and mustard.
  • Mix bourbon and Coca-Cola in separate container.
  • Coat ham with brown sugar sauce.
  • Using the marinade injector, inject ham all over with bourbon and Coca-Cola mix.
  • Decorate with pineapple slices and cherries secured with toothpicks.
  • Wrap ham in foil and bake at 275 degrees for 12-15 minutes per pound.


Note the consistancy of the brown sugar with mustard, add more of either to balance. Also follow cooking time recommended in ham packaging of available.
Keyword easy, holiday

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