The New York City–based cookbook author Zarela Martinez gave us the recipe for this smoky, Coca-Cola-glazed ham (see "The Wonders of Ham" in SAVEUR's December 2009 issue). To cut slices of fresh pineapple into perfect circles, use a 3" round cookie cutter to trim the outer edges of the slices and a 1" round one to cut out the center.
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1 12–15-lb. whole semiboneless ham
8 fresh or canned pineapple slices
64 whole cloves
2 3⁄4 cups Coca-Cola
2 chipotle peppers in adobo,
drained and finely chopped
1⁄3 cup honey
1. Put ham into a 16-qt. pot; cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 1 hour.
2. Heat oven to 350˚. Transfer ham to a rack in a roasting pan. Using toothpicks, secure pineapple to ham; stud with cloves. Pour 2 cups Coca-Cola over ham; pour 1 cup water into pan. Cover loosely with foil; bake for 1 hour.
3. Meanwhile, combine the remaining Coca-Cola, chipotles, and honey in a 2-qt. saucepan; boil. Reduce the heat to medium; cook, stirring the glaze, until syrupy, 12–15 minutes. Uncover the ham; brush with some of the glaze. Increase oven to 500˚. Bake the ham, brushing occasionally with glaze, until browned and glossy, 15–20 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before carving.
SERVES 14 – 20