Background and History:
Slow cooker ham is a beloved dish, especially during holidays and special occasions. Ham has been a staple of celebratory feasts for centuries, and the slow cooker method simplifies the cooking process, resulting in a succulent and flavorful centerpiece for your meal.
Serves: Varies depending on the size of the ham
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cooking Time: 4-8 hours (slow cooker)
- 1 bone-in ham, fully cooked (5-8 pounds)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- Whole cloves (optional for garnish)
- Place the bone-in ham in the slow cooker, flat side down.
- In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, maple syrup or honey, Dijon mustard, and pineapple juice to create a glaze.
- Pour the glaze over the ham in the slow cooker.
- Use whole cloves to stud the ham, if desired, by inserting them into the surface.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-8 hours, depending on the size of the ham. A 5-pound ham may take around 4 hours, while an 8-pound ham may need 6-8 hours. The internal temperature should reach at least 140°F (60°C).
- Baste the ham with the cooking juices every hour to keep it moist and flavorful.
- Once done, transfer the ham to a serving platter and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.
- Serve the ham slices with the remaining glaze as a sauce.
- Calories: Varies depending on serving size
- Protein: Around 15-20g per 3-ounce serving
- Carbohydrates: Varies depending on glaze and serving size
- Fat: Varies depending on serving size
- Slow cooker ham is a versatile dish that can be customized with different glazes and seasonings to suit your preferences.
- The juices from the slow cooker can be used to make a delicious gravy.
- Leftover ham can be used in sandwiches, omelets, or casseroles.
- Be cautious of allergies to ingredients used in the glaze, such as mustard and pineapple.
Slow Cooker Ham is a convenient way to prepare a delectable ham with minimal effort, perfect for gatherings and festive meals. Enjoy the tender, flavorful results of this time-honored dish.