I had a big ham in the fridge that I got from the store for almost nothing over the holiday break. I wanted to cook it before it went bad. But, I had a full day planned on that day and didn’t have time to stay home while a ham was in the oven cooking for hours. So, I decided to make it in the slow cooker. I started with a shank portion ham that was just over 11 pounds. I had to trim it down to 10 pounds to fit into my oval slow cooker. We’re big ham fans. Generally ham is a tad salty. I expected this ham to be a bit saltier after cooking for so many hours in its own juices, so I tossed a little bit of light brown sugar in there. You can easily omit the sugar if you like, I’ve made this slow cooker ham recipe both with and without it and you can decide by going with your family’s preference if they like their ham sweeter or not. The meat was super moist and tender, and required no knife to cut. Here’s how I made it.
Slow Cooker Ham
- 1 ham (I used a 10 lb shank portion with the bone-in)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/8 cup light brown sugar
Mix the sugar and water together.
Place the ham into the slow cooker with the flat side on the bottom and the bone on the top.
Pour the mixture of sugar and water over the ham into the slow cooker.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. The ham I used comes already cooked, so the time in the slow cooker only serves to bring it to the right temperature for serving and eating. I cooked my ham for 8 hours and it turned out just right – there was plenty of meat that was just right, and some with slightly crispier edges which is how my husband likes it.
Remove the ham from the liquid that has formed, letting the excess drip off. (There will be a lot of liquid.)
The ham will be really easy to remove from the bone, I pulled it off of there with two large forks quite easily. You can trim off any areas you don’t like by pulling them off with your forks or if you prefer use a knife.
Serve immediately with your favorite sides or as a sandwich.