Honey Mustard Glazed Ham in the slow cooker is one of the easiest main dish meals you can make for a holiday meal. The crock pot does all the work and the end result is a tender, flavorful ham that falls right off the bone.
- WHY MAKE HAM IN THE CROCKPOT?
- WHAT KIND OF HAM SHOULD I USE?
- INGREDIENTS FOR HONEY MUSTARD GLAZED HAM
- HOW TO MAKE HONEY MUSTARD GLAZED HAM IN THE CROCKPOT
- HONEY MUSTARD GLAZED HAM IN THE CROCKPOT – Complete Recipe
- Honey Mustard Glazed Ham in the Crockpot
WHY MAKE HAM IN THE CROCKPOT?
One of the best reasons to pull out the slow cooker for ham at the holidays is to free up space in your oven. Holiday meals usually require lots of cooking and baking, and with this recipe you’ll have plenty of oven space.
Anything that makes life easier when preparing a big meal is a blessing to me.
Another good reason to make ham in the crockpot is that the ham turns out VERY tender if you let it slow cook all day long on low. I have never gotten as good a result in the oven.
Once you taste this honey mustard glazed ham in the crockpot you will be hooked.
WHAT KIND OF HAM SHOULD I USE?
When buy a ham for the holidays, there are a many choices. Big hams are not cheap and you want to get one you are going to like.
Here are the different types of hams you may see at the store:
- Whole hams are huge and may weigh over 20 pounds. Unless you are serving an army of people I would say you probably won’t need a whole ham.
- Shank-End hams are from the lower part of the hog’s leg. These are a common cut of ham for Christmas and Easter meals. Although a shank-end ham looks lovely on the table it is a fattier cut of meat and may not be as tender as you would like.
- Butt-End hams are a leaner section of ham and usually ends up being very tender.
- Bone-In hams obviously have a bone still in the ham. This bone gives the meat a richer more flavorful taste. The downside is that it is a hassle to carve the meat off the bone and is a little extra work. Remember you can save the bone to use in beans or to make broth.
- Boneless hams have no bone and are easy to work with. The bad part about boneless hams is that they are processed and don’t have as much of that real ham taste.
- A Bone-Removed ham is the last option and it is a real ham that has had the bone taken out. It is otherwise unprocessed and usually has beautiful marbling throughout. You don’t have to hassle with the bone, but get the other benefits of a bone-in ham.
- Spiral Cut Ham is my personal favorite. These are usually a bone-in ham and come already cut in a spiral fashion to make serving much easier. They are a pretty ham for the table too.
When you decide what kind of ham cut you want to buy, it will lead you to another decision. Do you need prefer a smoked ham or cured ham? This is really a taste preference, so purchase what you and your family enjoy best.
INGREDIENTS FOR HONEY MUSTARD GLAZED HAM
This easy honey mustard glazed ham recipe only has 6 ingredients. I love easy recipes with just a few simple ingredients.
- Spiral Cut Ham (8 to 10 pounds)
- Yellow Mustard
- Brown Sugar
- Apple Juice
HOW TO MAKE HONEY MUSTARD GLAZED HAM IN THE CROCKPOT
Once you make a ham in the slow cooker you will be hooked on this method of cooking your hams because it’s so easy.
STEP ONE: ADD HAM
Start off by getting out your big crockpot. You will probably need a 6 quart to do this ham. The bigger the better.
Pour the apple juice in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Then add the spiral cut ham to the crockpot.
STEP TWO: ADD CLOVES
Now dot the ham with the cloves in random places. This will add so much amazing flavor.
STEP THREE: COAT HAM
Using a pastry brush, coat the ham in yellow mustard.
Next, rub the brown sugar all over the ham. It is easiest to use your hands for this part.
Last, pour the honey all over the ham and spread it around with the pastry brush.
STEP FOUR: COOK
Put the lid on the crockpot and turn it on to the LOW setting.
Cook the ham for four hours, basting the ham every hour or so with the accumulating juices.
When the ham reaches an internal temperature of 140°F, it is done.
STEP FIVE: GLAZE
When the ham is done cooking, remove it from the crockpot and place it on a serving platter.
Cover the ham in foil to keep it warm.
Turn the crockpot up to high for 30 minutes to allow the juices and glaze to thicken.
Brush this glaze onto the ham right before serving.
Place any remaining glaze in a bowl for anyone who wants extra.
HONEY MUSTARD GLAZED HAM IN THE CROCKPOT – Complete Recipe
You can print off the complete ingredients and instructions for this amazing honey mustard glazed ham in the crockpot recipe via the recipe card below.
Honey Mustard Glazed Ham in the Crockpot
- 1 large Spiral Cut Ham about 8 to 10 lb.
- ½ cup Yellow Mustard
- ¾ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Honey
- 10 Cloves
- 1 cup Apple Juice
- Add a cup of apple juice to the bottom of the crock-pot.
- Place the ham in the crock-pot.
- Dot the ham with cloves.
- Apply the mustard all over the ham with a pastry brush.
- Rub the brown sugar all over the ham.
- Pour the honey all over the ham and spread it with the pastry brush.
- Cook for 4 hours on Low setting, basting the ham every 45 minutes with the accumulating juices. The ham is done when the internal temperature reaches 140F.
- Take the ham out of the crock-pot, on to a serving place. Cover the ham with foil to keep it warm.
- Turn the crock-pot on high for 30 minutes for the glaze to thicken.
- Brush the thickened glaze on the ham and serve immediately.
- Serve the extra glaze on the side, if desired.
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