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Monday, April 21, 2014

Crock Pot Ham Recipe – Moist and JuicyTender

This is the Ham Recipe I am Making for our Easter Family Get together this Year!
This slow cooker ham will Turn into a Juicy tender ham and the liquid left in the pot can be made into a delicious sauce to be served with the meat. This recipe is for a large slow cooker/ crock pot – 7 qt. or larger.
Serves: 10

6 – 7 lb. ham Bone-in Butt or Shank are my personal favorites.
¾ c. ginger ale
prepared yellow mustard
1 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. orange zest
1 Can Crushed Pineapple Undrained
Optional ingredients -
20 whole cloves (optional) Makes for a pretty presentation, adds flavor, and smells heavenly while cooking.
Corn starch for thickening is making sauce from drippings.

Spray inside of crock pot with non stick cooking spray.
If you are going to use the cloves, score the ham in a crosshatch pattern making 1 inch squares with cuts ¼” deep. Insert whole cloves at intersecting points.
Pour ginger ale over ham.
Add your can of Pineapple with Juice over Ham
Coat ham with mustard.
Sprinkle orange zest over ham.
Sprinkle brown sugar over ham.
Set slow cooker on low. Cook uncooked ham for 7- 8 hrs and then check internal temp. Cook precooked ham for 4 hrs. and check internal temp. When ham is done remove from slow cooker and place on platter tenting it with foil. Let rest while you prepare optional sauce.
Sauce -
Strain liquid left in slow cooker into a saucepan. Taste to see if it needs any seasoning. Most likely it won’t need salt.
Take 2 tbsp. of corn starch and mix with ¼ cup water to make a slurry.
Over medium heat, add the cornstarch slurry to the hot liquid while stirring gently with a whisk. It should only take a minute to thicken. Don’t over stir as it may break down. Serve the sauce over the ham.

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