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Category: Down Home & Delicious!
Rating: 4.67
Contributor: Love 2 Eat
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Coca Cola Fresh Ham
Makes 8 to 10 Servings

Roast And Brine
1 fresh half ham, bone-in with skin, 6 to 8 pounds, preferably shank end, rinsed
6 liters Coke Classic
3 cups kosher salt or 1-1/2 cups table salt
2 heads garlic, cloves separated, lightly crushed and peeled
10 bay leaves
1/2 cup black peppercorns, crushed

Garlic And Herb Rub
1 cup fresh sage leaves, lightly packed
3/4 cup fresh parsley
10 medium cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon kosher salt or 1-1/2 teaspoons table salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Coca-Cola Glaze With Lime And Jalapeņo
Makes about 1-1/3 cups

1 cup Coke Classic
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, about 2 limes
2 cups light or dark brown sugar, packed
2 medium jalapeņo chiles, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices

For The Roast And Brine:
1. Carefully slice through skin and fat with serrated knife, creating 1-inch diamond pattern
2. Be careful not to pierce the meat
3. Using a large (about 16-quart) bucket or stockpot, dissolve salt in Coke
4. Add garlic, bay leaves and crushed pepper
5. Submerge ham in brine and refrigerate 8 to 24 hours
6. Alternatively, brine the ham in an insulated cooler or a small plastic garbage can
7. Add five or six freezer packs and replace periodically to keep the brine well cooled
8. Set large disposable roasting pan on a baking sheet for support, place wire rack in roasting pan
9. Remove ham from brine, rinse under cold water and dry with paper towels
10.Place ham, wide cut-side down, on rack (If using sirloin end, place ham skin-side up)
11.Let ham stand, uncovered, at room temperature 1 hour

For The Rub:
1. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to lowest position
2. Heat oven to 500°F
3. Using a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine sage, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, and oil until mixture forms smooth paste, about 30 seconds
4. Rub all sides of ham with paste
5. Roast ham for 20 minutes
6. Reduce oven to 350°F and continue to roast, brushing ham with glaze every 45 minutes, until center of ham registers 145-to-150°F on instant-read thermometer, about 2-1/2 hours
7. Tent ham loosely with foil and let stand until center of ham registers 155-to-160°F on thermometer, about 30 minutes
8. Carve and serve

For The Glaze:
1. Using a small non-reactive saucepan over high heat, bring Coke, lime juice, brown sugar, and jalapeņos to a boil
2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced to about 1-1/3 cups, about 5 minutes
3. Glaze will thicken between bastings, adjust consistency over medium heat for 1 minute, stirring, before using
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