Southern Baked Ham

Some hams tend to be a bit salty, so what I do is simmer them in a large pot of water for 20 minutes or so, then prepare my recipe.

1 - 14 to 16 pound cured ham
2 - 12 ounce cans of Coca-Cola
pineapple rings
red cherries
cloves for garnish

Preheat your oven to 300F. Starting 4 inches from the end of the ham, trim off the skin and fat, leaving about 1/4 inch of fat. Place the ham in a large heavy pan with a lid. Pour 1 can of the Coco-Cola over the ham. Add 1/2 inch of water. Cover tightly and bake for 1 hour. Remove the cover. Pour the other can of Coca-cola over the ham. Leave uncovered and bake for another 2 hours. Score the cooked ham in a large crisscross pattern. Place a pineapple ring with a cherry pierced by a clove in each scored segment. Let the ham sit in a warm place for 30 minutes before serving so that it will carve easily.  

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