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How to Cook a Precooked Ham in a Slow Cooker

Cooking a ham is a traditional way of celebrating holidays, especially Christmas! Everyone loves it, and it never gets old. There are so many ways you can prepare a ham but making it in a slow cooker is among my all-time favorite ways to do it!

So, if you are also looking to learn how to cook a precooked ham in a slow cooker, keep reading ahead!

Why you should cook a precooked ham in a slow cooker

A slow cooker or crock pot is a great kitchen appliance for so many reasons. The #1 reason is that you can prepare dinner in the morning when you are not starving after a long day at work and eat it as soon as you get home in the evening. Most meals that you make in a slow cooker are yummy and turn out to be a hit with family and friends. The same goes for precooked ham. Here is why you should make precooked ham in a slow cooker:

  • It’s all about the flavor and juiciness. When you cook a ham in a slow cooker, you can add so much more flavor to it. Because the slow cooker cooks at a low temperature and takes more time, it naturally ensures maximum flavor retention in the ham.
  • Cooking a precooked ham in a slow cooker is super convenient. You can add ingredients into the slow cooker, set the timer, and forget all about it.
  • Cooking a precooked ham in a slow cooker is fuss-free. It is easy, and anyone can do it!

Tips on how to cook a precooked ham in a slow cooker

Here are a few tips you should remember when cooking a precooked ham in a slow cooker:

  • I often use a precooked ham with bone but you can choose boneless ham as well. The reason for bone-in ham is that it will add more flavor to the cooked ham. You can also choose a spiral ham or a whole ham if you prefer.
  • Make sure you measure the size of your slow cooker before you buy your ham. A ham that doesn’t fit the slow cooker will definitely be a problem.
  • Always pour the liquid ingredients into the slow cooker first.
  • The cooking time of the ham depends greatly on the weight of the ham. The more the ham weighs, the more time it will need to cook.
  • Try not to touch the ham too much once it is cooking inside the slow cooker. When you open the lid up during the cooking process both steam and moisture escape which leads to a dry ham.
  • Always cover the cooked ham with tin foil and let it rest. This way, the moisture won’t leave the ham, and it will turn out to be very juicy and moist.
  • Always use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the ham before you take it out of the slow cooker. The internal temperature should be around 140 degrees F.
  • You can use any marinade for slow-cooked ham. You can also choose to glaze or use a dry rub.

How to store leftover slow cooker ham

Storing slow-cooked ham is super easy. Once it reaches room temperature, you can store the leftover ham by placing it in an air-tight container and refrigerating it for 4 days. It is recommended that you slice the ham before storing and discard the bone.

You can reheat ham in the microwave. Be sure to add a splash of water to the ham before you microwave it to prevent the meat from drying.

Crock Pot Ham Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 hours

Total time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Serving: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 lbs. precooked ham, bone-in
  • 1 ¾ cups pineapple juice (apple juice or orange juice also works)
  • 1 ¾ tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 ¾ tbsp. water

For the ham glaze:

  • 1 ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 ¼ tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 ¼ tbsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Remove the packaging and discard it along with the plastic cap on the bone. Also, discard any flavor pack that may come with the ham.
  • Pat the precooked ham dry using a kitchen towel.
  • Add brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and maple syrup in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well until it reaches the consistency of a paste.
  • Spread this paste generously over the pre-cooked ham.
  • In a large crockpot, pour in the pineapple juice.
  • Place the marinated precooked ham in the slow cooker. Make sure the flat side of the ham faces downwards.
  • Seal the slow cooker with a lid and set the temperature to low. Cook the ham for about 4 to 5 hours or until the internal temperature reaches around 140 degrees F and the meat is tender. Don’t forget to baste and flip the meat at intervals.
  • Remove the fully cooked ham from the slow cooker and place it over a serving platter.
  • Cover it with tin foil and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Strain the leftover fat and juice from the slow cooker into a saucepan.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the juices simmer.
  • In a bowl, mix cornstarch with water and pour it into the juices. Stir and let it simmer until the mixture starts to thicken up.
  • Serve this gravy alongside the sliced ham, and enjoy!

Crockpot Ham

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 6 lbs. precooked ham bone-in
  • 1 ¾ cups pineapple juice apple juice or orange juice also works
  • 1 ¾ tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 ¾ tbsp. water
  • For the ham glaze:
  • 1 ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 ¼ tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 ¼ tbsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Remove the packaging and discard it along with the plastic cap on the bone. Also, discard any flavor pack that may come with the ham.
  • Pat the precooked ham dry using a kitchen towel.
  • Add brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and maple syrup in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well until it reaches the consistency of a paste.
  • Spread this paste generously over the pre-cooked ham.
  • In a large crockpot, pour in the pineapple juice.
  • Place the marinated precooked ham in the slow cooker. Make sure the flat side of the ham faces downwards.
  • Seal the slow cooker with a lid and set the temperature to low. Cook the ham for about 4 to 5 hours or until the internal temperature reaches around 140 degrees F and the meat is tender. Don't forget to baste and flip the meat at intervals.
  • Remove the fully cooked ham from the slow cooker and place it over a serving platter.
  • Cover it with tin foil and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Strain the leftover fat and juice from the slow cooker into a saucepan.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the juices simmer.
  • In a bowl, mix cornstarch with water and pour it into the juices. Stir and let it simmer until the mixture starts to thicken up.
  • Serve this gravy alongside the sliced ham, and enjoy!

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