Brown Sugar and Mountain Dew Ham

Sometime way before I started this blog, I was tired of making chicken for dinner and picked up a precooked ham one evening. I had no idea how I was going to make it until I started looking around in the pantry and my eyes landed on brown sugar and Mountain Dew soda. I know the inspiration for this recipe must have come from somewhere, but I can’t find anything similar online now. Maybe it was just a combination of multiple recipes.

Hams were on sale after Easter and I decided to pick one up. I didn’t have a recipe in mind, but Tom immediately suggested that I use brown sugar and Mountain Dew.


Brown Sugar and Mountain Dew Ham

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Ham
  • Method: Baked


34 lb. fully cooked ham
4 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 1-2 tbsp. Mountain Dew.
34 pineapple slices


1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Place the ham in a large baking dish. Pour the 1/4 cup of Mountain Dew into the baking dish.
3. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and remaining Mountain Dew until a paste forms (adding more of either ingredient if necessary). Spread the paste over the ham.
4. Top the ham with pineapple slices, secured with toothpicks if necessary.
5. Bake the ham according to package directions, typically 20 minutes per pound, basting with the juice every 15 minutes.
6. Slice and serve hot.

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While its not healthy and not lacking on calories or sugar content at all, its definitely an easy way to add some flavor to a ham. I love the crust the brown sugar makes on the ham. This is also just as good leftover either reheated or cold on sandwiches.   

One Comment

  1. My Grandmother made ham with mountain dew for years. I've been trying to find a recipe similar to what she did since her recipes were lost after she passed several years ago. Thanks for posting this, I think it will help us remember Grandma just a little bit better.

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