This is a great option for large family gatherings when your oven is being used for other dishes. The problem I had been I have a small crock pot, so I purchased a 3 lb picnic ham which to my delight fit perfectly in my crock pot.
I had no idea how to adjust the time difference, so I figured 3-4 hours on low. At 3 1/2 hrs it was brown and tough and in the garbage.
Wish recipe had stated to NOT use a traditional smoked ham for us who don't normally buy non-traditional pork cuts. Soon easy, and it turned out excellent.
My husband wanted ham for Thanksgiving, and I knew the oven would be in use, so I wanted a slow cooker recipe. I used a 2½ pound boneless ham, so I cut the brown sugar down to around 3/4 of a cup (½ cup in the bottom of the slow cooker and 1/4 cup rubbed on the ham).
My husband absolutely loved it and said that I better hold on to this recipe. I am a slow cooker novice, and the fact that this recipe had no liquid scared me a little, so I did add a little water to the brown sugar at the bottom to make it soupy, and only used a cup and a half of brown sugar.
02/27/2007 I'm Australian, so I have to use a 2.5 kilosemi-boneless shoulder ham from Coolies. I was worried that one ham and no liquid would result in burnt sugar all over the crock pot, so I added one little juice box of tropical juice and only used 1 cup of brown sugar.
This worked beautifully, and the ham was fully cooked (i.e. the ham bone pulled out)after 7 hours. My ham didn't quite fit in the crock pot, to I tightly covered the top of the crackpot with aluminum foil and rested the lid on top, and it cooked just fine.
Only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time needed to make this amazing holiday ham. It’s such a huge depressor to cook part of a holiday meal in a slow cooker to free up oven space.
And when you cook a ham in the slow cooker, there’s no need to worry about it drying out. The glaze is a simple mixture of cola, brown sugar, ground mustard, and pepper.
You’ll pour it over the ham, cover the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Then you’ll rub 1/2 cup of brown sugar on the top of the ham.
If your ham is not presided, take a sharp knife and score it in a diamond pattern. Only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time needed to make this amazing holiday ham.
Print Recipe 1 (8 to 9-pound) fully cooked, bone-in spiral cut ham 1 (12-ounce) can cola, Coke or Dr Pepper work well 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, divided 1 teaspoon ground mustard 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Slowly pour glaze over ham, letting it seep down between the slices.
SlowCookerBrownSugarHam is flavored with pineapple juice and a brown sugar glaze featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey for an easy holiday dinner from the crock pot! Several years ago, I had the epiphany to cook my Easter ham in the slow cooker.
You know how when you're preparing a holiday meal, oven space is at a prime because there are a ton of extra side dishes to cook, not to mention homemade rolls, desserts, etc.? This can be the case whether you make them ahead of time, cook them on the stove, or -- better yet -- throw them in the slow cooker.
It can be adapted to just about any cut and any size of ham (provided you can fit it in the crock pot), boneless or bone-in, whole or spiral-sliced. You want to start with a fully cooked ham, and this recipe will simply serve to heat and glaze it.
And if your ham includes a flavor/glaze packet, or if it has a plastic cap over the end of the bone, be sure to discard those before cooking! Or I've halved this recipe and reduced the cooking time to use as small as a 2-pound petite ham half as an every day, weeknight meal for my family (of two adults and three young children).
I would recommend up to an 8-pound ham as the size that will most readily fit in a large (7- to 8-quart), oval crock pot. If you put your ham in the crock pot and it extends in a way that the lid won't fit snugly, you have two choices.
You can either trim off a piece of your ham to make it fit, or use a triple layer of heavy-duty foil to cover the slow cooker with a tight seal (and then I'd still try to lay the lid on top). A very small ham may reach that point in a slow cooker set to low within 2 to 3 hours.
As with most cuts of meat, a bone-in ham is likelier to stay juicy, but boneless will work, too. You can also slightly reduce the cooking time as compared to an sliced ham to ensure a moist final product.
After pouring the juice into the bottom of your slow cooker, simply coat your entire ham with a paste made of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey. These ingredients melt down into the most tantalizing glaze, which you later thicken and serve drizzled over the top of the ham.
The glaze is honestly my favorite part of this recipe...yum doesn't even begin to describe it. Instead, use a chicken or vegetable broth in the bottom of your slow cooker to ensure the ham stays moist while it cooks.
For the rub, double the mustard and add the vinegar and the honey (you can handle a beetle bit of sweetness, right?). If you like, you can also add crushed black peppercorns, minced garlic, and/or a little white wine to the mix as well.
Wrap it back up in foil to reheat it in the oven till it hits that magic USDA 140 degree temperature again. Add a couple tablespoons of water or broth to the foil with the ham to keep it from drying out.
Be sure not to skip the tenting and resting part of this delicious slow cooker ham recipe. If using a bone-in ham, check the end of the bone for a plastic cap and, if present, discard.
Pour the pineapple juice in bottom of a large (6.5- to 8-quart), oval slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey into a paste.
Spread brown sugar mixture all over ham and place, flat side down, in slow cooker. Cook ham for 4 to 6 hours or until the meat is tender and the internal temperature reaches 140 °F.
Skim any fat and strain the juices from the crock pot into a saucepan. Place the pot on the stove over medium heat and bring the juices to a simmer.
In a small bowl, use a fork to stir the cornstarch into the water to make a slurry. You may use a bone-in ham (recommended) or boneless, whole or spiral cut, cured or uncured, smoked or not, shank, butt, or shoulder.
The ham is already cooked, so all you are doing is heating it through to a safe temperature and allowing it to absorb the flavors of the glaze. As a last resort, you may cover the slow cooker with a tightly-sealed, triple layer of heavy-duty foil instead.