Thursday, November 11, 2010

Super Ham

The star of the Hormel dinner party I threw was definitely the ham! And how could it not be?!? This Brown Sugar Ham (cooked in the slow cooker) was juicy, sweet and savory all at the same time, and not only that, it was a cinch to make. I had seen several recipes floating around the internet for a ham cooked in the crockpot and decided I wanted to make my own version. The Hormel dinner party was the perfect opportunity. Not only was the entire party centered around Hormel products, utilizing the crockpot to cook my ham allowed me to not have to worry about the main dish, leaving me able to focus on the sides and the other party prep! Another thing I loved about this effortless recipe is that the ham did not dry out, which is typical for cooking a ham in the oven! This recipe was a huge success and would be perfect to serve at you next holiday get together, when you have more important things to focus on!


Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham
by Heather of Kitchen Concoctions
Printable Version
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 4-5 hours on low Serves 8-10

7-8 pound bone-in spiral-cut ham
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons seasoning packet included with ham
1/3 cup molasses
2 cups orange/pineapple juice

Use a 6-7 quart slow cooker. Unwrap the ham. Place the ham into the slow cooker stoneware, flat-side down. Mix brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of seasoning packet. Rub brown sugar mixture on all sides of ham. Pour on molasses and orange/pineapple juice. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. An hour before serving, baste ham with the collected juices from the bottom of the slow cooker. When cooking is done, remove carefully and let it rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes before carving.

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