Ham in the slow cooker? I never would have imagined- but it was one of those life changing recipes. You will definitely want to bookmark this recipe for Easter! I always loved to cook a nice spiral sliced ham, but it took up my oven at too low of temperature to make anything else with it. And honestly I think I only liked to cook the ham as a means to get the bone and extra meat for soups and other uses. I was so excited to try this recipe and it was better than I could have imagined. Instead of a drier good ham, I got an amazingly tender, juicy, falling off the bone ham that was infused with flavor. (In fact, I had to keep wiping the juices off the plate to get a clean picture!) To top it off there was plenty of drippings for lots of ham gravy (my favorite!)…. All without the use of my oven! I will never make ham another way again.
This works best with a spiral sliced ham, which is done in 4-5 hours. I have tried it with a regular ham and it does produce a nice tender ham (not quite as amazing as the results from the spiral sliced) but takes a couple hours longer (6-8 hours). Honestly, It could just be that I prefer and always have preferred spiral sliced. It is just much easier to serve and I just like the slices. And don’t forget to save that ham bone and extra meat for some yummy split pea and ham soup or ham and bean soup. Or you could use them in these hot ham and cheese sliders. I also cut up my leftover ham into bite size pieces, freeze them and then have them to use in eggs and other recipes.
- 7-10 pound bone-in spiral sliced ham (keep in mind size of your crockpot)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup water-Original recipe calls for 2 cups pineapple juice but I don't use it and it is amazing!
- 2 Tbsp of deli brown mustard (or dijon)--I love the flavor this adds.
- Use a 6-7 quart crockpot. Unwrap ham, discard glaze packet, and place ham flat side down in slow cooker.
- Rub brown sugar and mustard all over ham.Pour maple syrup over ham and pour water (or pineapple juice) in the bottom.
- Cover tightly and cook on low 4-5 hours, basting once or twice during the last hour.
- If desired, remove from crockpot and let rest for 10-20 min before serving (I often just serve it right out of the crockpot)
- Reserve the juices to make gravy if you want
- I have done a ham that is not spiral sliced before and it does work- you may have to increase the time to 6-8 hours to heat completely through