Slow Cooker Ham Recipe – Moist and Fork Tender

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 Slow cooker ham recipe for Easter

Slow Cooker Ham Recipe, Crock Pot Ham Recipe
This slow cooker ham recipe will be the centerpiece of your holiday dinner table.

I’ll be doing a Slow Cooker Ham recipe for Easter dinner this year. This recipe has consistently produced a delicious, tender, moist, and easy focal point for Easter dinner.  It is as delicious as it is beautiful and everyone seems to have great success with it. (See all the comments below). Bill likes to eat Easter dinner about 1:30 PM  shortly after we get home from church so I time the ham so that it is done for 1 PM.  That gives me  time to get my side dishes cooked and the table set. I do a lot of my Easter dinner preparation the night before.  On Easter, it’s just a matter of putting things in the oven and on the stove top during that last hour before dinner.

There are a few things that are important to remember in cooking a ham in a slow cooker, no matter which slow cooker ham recipe you use. Be sure to follow your slow cooker ham recipe carefully.

  • Choose the right size ham for your slow cooker ham recipe.  If you are not good at judging size and have to take a small measuring tape with you to the store, do it.  It is very important with any roast to be cooked in a slow cooker that the lid be able to seat itself tightly on the lip of the crock.  I have heard of people who were unhappy with the results of a slow cooker ham recipe and usually the reason is that the ham was too large preventing the lid from fitting properly so moisture escaped. Some people try to put foil around the lid in hopes of keeping the heat and moisture in.   That isn’t a foolproof solution, and often ends in culinary disaster.
  • Buy the right type of ham for the slow cooker ham recipe you are cooking. There are many types of ham – precooked and uncooked, smoked,  dry cured and brine cured, shoulder, butts and shanks, spiral cut.  So pay attention to what the recipe calls for.  Using a recipe meant for a bone-in butt to cook a spiral ham, can leave you with a dry, overcooked mess worthy of the dog dish.
  • Pay attention to cooking time.  If your slow cooker ham recipe calls for a 7 pound ham in a 7 quart slow cooker to cook for 8 hours, and you have a 3 pound ham in your 4 quart slow cooker, you need to reduce the cooking time. As a rule, 1 hour of cooking time (on low) per pound will work well. If you are making changes to a recipe, be aware that overcooked ham will be dry and tough so you should keep an eye on the ham.
  • Be careful of your internal temperatures.  Use a meat thermometer to check your ham to be sure it is cooked. Not all hams are the same.  If you are cooking an uncooked ham, you want an internal temperature of 160F.  The internal temperature of a precooked ham should be 140F.

A slow cooker ham recipe can result in a delicious succulent dinner loaded with flavor but like anything else you have to follow the directions.  For more facts and information on ham check out the USDA website. Have a Happy Easter!

Slow Cooker Ham Recipe - Moist and Fork Tender
5.0 from 5 reviews
Recipe type: Meat
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 10
This slow cooker ham recipe will result in a fork 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 meant to be prepared in a large slow cooker/ crock pot - 7 qt. or larger.
  • 6 - 7 lb. ham Bone-in Butt or Shank are my personal favorites.
  • ¾ c. gingerale
  • prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 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.
  1. Spray inside of crock pot with non stick cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour gingerale over ham.
  4. Coat ham with mustard.
  5. Sprinkle orange zest over ham.
  6. Sprinkle brown sugar over ham.
  7. 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.
  8. Sauce -
  9. Strain liquid left in slow cooker into a saucepan. Taste to see if it needs any seasoning. Most likely it won't need salt.
  10. Take 2 tbsp. of corn starch and mix with ¼ cup water to make a slurry.
  11. 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.

Do you love slow cooker dishes? We have lots of them here at The Wilderness Wife so check out these tasty ones –

Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin

Slow Cooker Mushroom Barley Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Soup

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

Still want more….just type “Slow Cooker” in the search engine in our menu bar and you’ll get even more.  Here at the The Wilderness Wife we say “Low and slow is the way to go!”

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  1. Kathryn J. White says

    Hi, Your recipe sounds so wonderful. I was hopping to try this for my Christmas ham. I have a 6 qt. slow cooker, with an 8.26 lb ham. I placed the ham in without unwrapping to make sure it fits properly. It did. Now do you think I should cook on low for 8 hrs or what? And, am I leaving the top off during the total cooking process? I was going to cook with lid on. Thank you in advance………..Kathryn

    • Sheryl T says

      Definitely leave the top on or it will dry out. Slow and moist is what you want. If it’s pre cooked you might be able to do it 6-7. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temp. You want 140F for temp

  2. Brendon says

    Happy Easter! I know it’s very last minute, and you probably won’t see this in time. But, incase you do see this, I have a quick question. I have a 7.6lb Bone-In Brown Sugar Cured Half Ham, NOT sliced. I was planning on putting it in the crock pot on low for 4-5 hours. Do you think that is enough time to be “fall of the bone” done? Thank you so much for your help and posting your recipe!!

    • Sheryl T says

      Sorry, didn’t see this till the day after, but your judgement was right if it was precooked which you didn’t mention. It will tell you if it is precooked somewhere on the label, usually in very small print.. It should have been tender after that. Our was and I did for 5 hours. It was a 6 3/4 lb. Hope you had a great Easter!

  3. says

    Thank you for sharing your post on the HomeAcre Hop, as one of the co-hosts I am going to feature your post tomorrow! Perfect timing for Easter and it sounds like a wonderful way to cook a ham! Hope you stop by tomorrow and share another post!
    – Nancy
    On The Home Front

  4. says

    I don’t eat meat, but I am hosting easter this year and have been hunting for an easy ham recipe for the family. This fits the bill!

    Question, the ham that we bought it about 10.5 pounds, do you think 9-10 hours in a crock pot (hoping it will fit in one!) would be enough for a ham that size?

    • Sheryl T says

      You aren’t giving the specifics of the ham other than the size, but I am assuming that you are referring to an uncooked ham. Yes, I think that that would be sufficient. I don’t know how large your crock pot is but you could trim the ham some by removing fat with a sharp knife. If you haven’t already purchased the ham, you could purchase two smaller hams, borrow a friend’s crock pot, and that would give you a shorter cooking time and still give you enough ham to serve all your guests. It would make a dramatic tablescape with two perfectly gorgeous hams and a centerpiece separating them – a true Easter feast!

  5. says

    The orange zest seems like a perfect addition to the ham!! Looks super yummy :) & just in time for Easter!!!

    Thanks for sharing this on this week’s Mom 2 Mom Link Up Party :) Hope you join us again, Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough


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