This slow cooker ham recipe will result in a fork tender baked ham and the liquid left in the pot can be made into a delicious sauce to be served with the ham. This ham recipe is meant to be prepared in a large slow cooker/ crock pot – 7 qt. or larger.
Author:The Wilderness Wife
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:5-7 hours
Total Time:7 hours 15 mins
6 – 7 lb. ham Bone-in Butt or Shank are my personal favorites.
3/4 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.
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 1/4″ deep. Insert whole cloves at intersecting points.
Pour gingerale over ham.
Coat ham with mustard.
Sprinkle orange zest over ham.
Sprinkle brown sugar over ham.
Set slow cooker on low. Cook an uncooked ham for 5 – 7 hrs on high for the first 2 hours then reduce to low, dependent on your ham size. Be sure to check internal temp – 120F-140F is what you want. Cook precooked ham for 3 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.
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 1/4 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.