Root beer glazed ham

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Mother’s restaurant in New Orleans (mothersrestaurant.net) is famous for its baked ham. The recipe is top secret, but the glaze is rumoured to include root beer. Give our version a go...



  • smoked boneless gammon ham 2.5 kg
  • onion 1 small, peeled and studded with cloves

root beer glaze

  • root beer 300ml
  • Tabasco chipotle sauce a few good dashes
  • ground cloves ½ tsp
  • mustard powder 2 tsp
  • brown sugar 6 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Make a note of the weight of the gammon and calculate the cooking time for 40 minutes per kilo.

    Put the gammon in a large pan of water, bring up to a simmer and skim any impurities from the surface.

    Add the onion and leave to simmer for the required cooking time (so a 2.5kg gammon will take 1 hour 40 minutes).

  • Step 2

    While the ham is cooking, put the glaze ingredients in a pan and simmer until thickened and syrupy enough to brush over the ham.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 180c/fan 160c/gas 4.

    After simmering, let the ham rest until cool enough to handle then, remove the skin leaving a layer of fat.

    Score the fat lightly making sure you don’t go into the flesh.

    Sit the ham on a rack in a roasting tin and brush all over with the glaze.

    Bake for 40-45 minutes, brushing more glaze on as it bakes until it is a dark golden brown.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 634
  • Carbs 19.1g
  • Protein 61.6g
  • Fat 32.6g
  • Salt 7.9g
  • Fibre 0.2g