Ya, I would drag it out in the winter a few times to make soup or a roast (same old boring stuff), but now I am making Easy Creamy Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Tacos, and Mississippi Pot Roast, Homemade Pumpkin Puree, and even Slow Cooker Queso Blanco in my slow cooker!
Then along come the holidays and my slow cooker has become golden!
I have been cooking up a storm in it and love every minute of it.
But mine is sooooo old. I don't even remember when I bought it, it was that long ago. So I did in a request to the big guy for a new one. I mean I have been a very good girl this year, I think I deserve it, don't you?
This year I have made several holiday meals.
Between trying to balance time with all of our kids, and wanting to get things together for the blog, I feel like it has been one long holiday meal since the middle of last month!
Turkey, beef, pork roasts, ham.
We are even going to smoke a rib roast on Christmas Eve YUM!!!
But I was super excited to do the ham in the slow cooker. No touch, no stress, and make the house smell amazing? Oh heck ya!!
This was one of those dishes that woke Kevin up because it smelled so good.
He about scared me to death when he stumbled into the kitchen, all zombie-like, mumbling, "What smells so good?".
I told him it was a ham, but that it wouldn't be done for a bit. So he stumbled back upstairs, only to stop and ask me if I was going to save the ham bone to make soup with.
Huh? You are half asleep and the ham bone is what comes to your mind?
WOW, I thought I was weird!
I assured him that there would be a nice big pot of my ham and bean soup on our stove in the very near future!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE SLOW COOKER HAM?
- Bone-in spiral-sliced ham (depending on the size of your slow cooker)
- Chicken stock (substitute this bone broth for keto)
- Dijon mustard
- Pure maple syrup (substitute this sugar-free brand for keto)
- Brown sugar (substitute brown sugar Swerve for keto)
WHAT KIND OF HAM WORKS BEST IN A SLOW COOKER?
The typical ham at your grocery store will be cured but not smoked, although you can choose cured or uncured, plain or smoked. It is just a matter of personal taste.
WHAT SIZE HAM DO I NEED?
The size of the ham you buy depends on how many people you are going to feed. The general rule of thumb is 3/4 pounds (of bone-in) ham per person. I would only recommend up to an 8-pound ham as the size that will most readily fit in a large oval crockpot.
HOW LONG DO I COOK A SLOW COOKER HAM?
The FDA recommends reheating a fully-cooked ham to an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.
As with most cuts of meat, bone-in ham is likelier to stay juicy. A spiral-cut ham is convenient for serving but it can dry out a bit faster than an uncut ham. That is why this recipe calls for some basting.
WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH MY SLOW COOKER HOLIDAY HAM?
Slow Cooker Holiday Ham
- 1 (7 to 8 pound) bone-in spiral-sliced ham (depending on the size of your slow cooker)
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (substitute this bone broth for keto)
- 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (substitute this sugar-free brand for keto)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (substitute brown sugar Swerve for keto)
How to cook Slow Cooker Holiday Ham
- Using a 6-7 quart slow cooker (or get this 10-quart slow cooker), place ham flat side down inside.
- Pour the chicken stock in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- In a bowl, whisk together the mustard and maple syrup. Pour over the top of the ham, making sure to get all sides. Sprinkle the brown sugar all over the ham.
- Cover tightly (if your lid won't fit, wrap tightly with aluminum foil) and cook on low 4-5 hours, basting once or twice during the last hour.
- Remove from the slow cooker and let rest for 20 minutes before serving.
- Reserve the juices to make gravy, or use as an au jus.
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