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With only three ingredients and your crockpot, you can turn a ham into something truly amazing! It’s sweet from an easy to make glaze and tender from being cooked low and slow. This Easter, give yourself a break and make this ham in the slow cooker for a show-stopping dish everyone is sure to love.
Every holiday calls for a standout dish, and mine has always been a ham. Over the years, I’ve honed various recipes for cooking ham, and now I’m excited to include a crockpot version to my repertoire. I began experimenting with slow cooking techniques, such as using a crock pot instead of a roasting pan, and I’m thrilled with the results!
With the benefit of avoiding high temperatures and dry heat cooking methods, the ham remains tender and juicy, requiring only a small amount of hot liquid and minimal minutes per pound. Embrace this delightful glazed ham and discover the joys of slow cooking.
I really, really like using my slow cooker and have built quite a collection of recipes over the years. If you’ve never used one before, you may be a bit uncertain about using it but honestly, once you get the hang of how to cook in it, you’ll be a fan!
Benefits Of Using A Slow Cooker
Set it and forget it: Most slow cooker ham recipes, such as brown sugar mustard baked ham or pepper jelly glazed ham, are incredibly easy to prepare. Just load your quart slow cooker with the ingredients, choose the low or high setting, adjust the time, and go. Some recipes might require searing the meat beforehand, but after that, it’s smooth sailing with this cooking method.
Freedom to leave your house while cooking: One of the top benefits of using a slow cooker is the flexibility it offers. Load up your crockpot with a boneless ham or your signature dish, then head out to conquer the day. Alternatively, cook your meal overnight, but beware – the irresistible aroma might make it difficult to wait until morning.
Minimal dishwashing: Slow cooker recipes, especially one-pot meals, make cleanup a breeze – always a plus in any household.
Transform inexpensive cuts of meat into culinary delights: This “cheap and cheerful” benefit of using a slow cooker is a game-changer. Turn budget-friendly cuts into mouthwatering ham recipes, like brown sugar mustard baked ham, with the help of your trusty slow cooker. This cooking method yields deep, rich flavors and delectable sauces or gravies.
This ham recipe is so simple and only has three ingredients. It’s cooked with a simple glaze made with pineapple juice, and apricot preserves for sweetness and whole grain mustard for a bit of savoriness. I used a boneless ham, just because that’s what the grocery store had on special but any ham that will fit in your crockpot (mine is 7 a seven quart) will do.
When it’s time to cook your ham, make sure to check the size/weight and calculate the appropriate length of time for low temperature. It’s as simple as that. In just a few hours, you’ll have a mouthwatering creation perfect for any holiday table!
Commonly Asked Question For Crock Pot Ham
You can use either bone-in or boneless ham, but a fully-cooked ham works best in this recipe. A spiral-cut ham is also a good choice, as it absorbs flavors easily.
Apply the glaze before cooking, and baste the ham with the glaze every hour during the cooking process to keep it moist and flavorful.
Yes, you can cook the ham on high for 2-3 hours, but cooking it on low for a longer period ensures more tender and juicy results.
Combine cornstarch with an equal amount of cold water, then mix it into the glaze in the Crock Pot. Cook on high for an additional 15-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the glaze thickens.
Store leftover ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat leftovers in the microwave or oven until warmed through.
More Ham Recipes You’ll Love…
- Brown Sugar Mustard Baked Ham
- Citrus Molasses Glazed Ham
- Orange and Pepper Jelly Glazed Ham
- Copycat Honey Baked Ham Recipe
- 1 7-8 pound ham – whole or spiral cut
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- ½ cup apricot preserves
- ¼ cup whole grain mustard
- Place ham in a 7 to 8 quart slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, apricot preserves and mustard. Pour over ham. Cover ham and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or until a thermometer reads 140 degrees. **Make sure to take the temperature from the thickest part of the ham.
- Remove ham from slow cooker and spoon over juices from bottom of pot. Slice or remove slices and serve.
Want To Know More About Slow Cooking?
If you are new to cooking with a Crock Pot or just don’t know where to start, I’ve got something to help. I’ve put together a helpful guide with tips and recipes to get you using a slow cooker like a pro!
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Hi Donya — Love your recipes. This ham looks fully sliced all the way through. What brand is it?
I purchased the ham at Lowe’s Foods. I’m not sure of the brand.
Is this a fully cooked ham already or raw?
It’s a cooked ham. This method infused tons of flavor.
Hope you enjoy the recipe.
Have a great day,