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Best Slow Cooker Ham

Best slow cooker ham served with cheesy scalloped potatoes and steamed broccoli

My Best Slow Cook­er Ham is deli­cious­ly ten­der, smoky, savory and just the slight­est touch of sweet. Per­fect, real­ly. lol No, seri­ous­ly, you guys. It’s so good! This could be your East­er ham and you’d be the din­ner hero!

Serv­ing ham always makes the meal feel a lit­tle bit cel­e­bra­to­ry and yet, cook­ing a ham is very sim­ple. I’m not sure why we don’t do it more often.

As pro­teins go, I would say ham is mid-range on price, It’s not quite as inex­pen­sive as chick­en, how­ev­er, it is much cheap­er than ground beef, per pound. I pur­chased a whole ham, this week, and it was only $3.48 per lb. It was almost 9 pounds, so of course the ini­tial cost was more at once, than a pound of ham­burg­er, but I will get 5 or 6 dif­fer­ent meals from it. That’s eco­nom­i­cal to me. 

What Other Recipes Can I Make with Leftovers from Best Slow Cooker Ham?

There are so many ideas for using left­over ham, that it won’t seem like left­overs at all when you’re enjoy­ing the meals. Remem­ber, adding meat to any side dish instant­ly trans­forms it into a meal/casserole! Think mac and cheese and stir in chopped ham and frozen peas. Instant meal!

  • Ham and Cheese Frit­ta­ta — Who does­n’t love break­fast for din­ner? Serve a frit­ta­ta with my Ulti­mate Gluten-Free Pan­cakes and there’ll be a stam­pede to your din­ner table!
  • Ham and Cheese Slid­ers — Soooo delicious! 
  • Crazy Good Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
  • Ham Sand­wich­es
  • Ham and Pota­to Soup
  • Pas­ta Sal­ad with Ham
  • Cheesy Ham Chowder
  • Sweet Pota­to Hash with Ham
  • Den­ver Omelet
  • Chef Sal­ad
  • Ham and Cheese Scones
  • Ham and Beans Soup
  • Hawai­ian Fried Rice
  • Cres­cent Dough Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
  • Cheesy Pull-Apart French Bread with Ham
  • Baked Beans with Ham
  • Eggs Bene­dict Casserole
  • Cheesy Pota­toes with Ham
  • Wild Rice and Ham Soup
  • Hawai­ian Pizza
  • Chick­en Cor­don Bleu — essen­tial­ly a chick­en breast stuffed with ham and cheese. Delish!

And, that’s a small list. There are so many more. An invest­ment in a whole bone­less ham nets tons of mon­ey-sav­ing meals for the rest of the week, for lunch­es or for the freezer!

whole boneless smoked ham for Best Slow Cooker Ham

How to Make My Best Slow Cooker Ham

Don’t blink. These instruc­tions are short. Remove the net­ting from the out­side of the ham. Place the ham into your slow cook­er. Mix the brown sug­ar and mus­tard paste and spread it over the top of the ham. Cook the ham on low for 6–8 hours. Ta Da! Best Slow Cook­er Ham deli­cious­ness! See this does­n’t just have to be East­er ham. This scrump­tious, savory and sim­ple ham recipe is for any time of year.

Whole bone­less hams are usu­al­ly “net­ted”. Hold­ing every­thing togeth­er after the bone has been removed is made eas­i­er with the net­ting, so the ham can be smoked. You will want to take that off before you cook the ham. 

removing netting from whole ham before cooking for my best slow cooker ham.  Make it your Easter ham.

Mix togeth­er the stone ground mus­tard and brown sug­ar to make a paste. Yel­low mus­tard or even Dijon would work, too. I always have dark brown sug­ar in my pantry, but if yours is light that’s per­fect­ly fine. Go for it.

stone ground mustard and brwon sugar in a measuring cup

Smear the mustard/brown sug­ar paste over the top of the ham. As the Best Slow Cooked Ham is cook­ing, the paste will melt and drip down the ham. Their won’t be a mas­sive amount of drip­pings in the bot­tom of the slow cook­er when the ham is done. It will be just enough for driz­zling the deli­cious slices and adding a per­fect­ly bal­anced sweet acidic zing to the meat’s flavor.

mustard and brown sugar paste over ham

Boneless Hams vs Bone-In

My per­son­al pref­er­ence is bone­less. It slices eas­i­er, cooks faster and I don’t have the fat, gris­tle and bone waste of a bone-in-ham. 

My guess is you could use the Best Slow Cook­er Ham recipe on a bone-in ham, but would prob­a­bly need to roast it in the oven. My slow cook­er sure would­n’t accom­mo­date one. 

The bone in ham will require extra work after cook­ing, too. You’ll want to remove the excess fat and bone etc. before slic­ing it for the table. You will most like­ly have a lot more drip­pings in the bot­tom of the roast­er, too.

The real­i­ty is there is no right or wrong. It is 100% a per­son­al pref­er­ence. Since, meal­time is usu­al­ly hec­tic for me, I go with ease of serv­ing and cleanup. For me, that’s a bone­less ham. 

This deli­cious ham will make a fab­u­lous din­ner for your fam­i­ly whether it’s an East­er ham or an every­day easy din­ner ham. And you won’t believe the fla­vors from just 3 easy ingre­di­ents! Enjoy!

Best Slow Cooker Ham served with cheesy potatoes and broccoli.  Make this your Easter ham.
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best slow cooker ham

Best Slow Cooker Ham: 3‑Ingredient Simple


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Prep Time: 5 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 6–8 hours
  • Total Time: 3 minute
  • Yield: 25-35 serv­ings 1x

Description

This ham tastes too good to be such a sim­ple recipe.  But the real­i­ty is din­ner could­n’t be more spe­cial, or easy, with this dish.  The recipe makes left­overs for many, many more dish­es through­out the week.  The num­ber of serv­ings will hon­est­ly depend on all the dif­fer­ent ways you use it. Enjoy!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 8-9 lb whole bone­less ham
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup stone ground mustard

Instructions

  1. Remove the net­ting from the ham and place the ham into an 8 qt slow cooker.
  2. Mix the brown sug­ar and mus­tard to form a thick paste.
  3. Spread the paste over the top of the ham.
  4. Cov­er the slow cook­er and cook the ham on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Notes

You can sub yel­low mus­tard or Dijon for the stone ground.

Light brown sug­ar can be sub­sti­tut­ed for the dark.

  • Cat­e­go­ry: Main Dish, Meat
  • Method: Slow Cook­er
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

What to Serve with Best Slow Cooker Ham

Per­fect Pota­to Salad

perfect potato salad

Easy Bean Salad

Sweet Pota­to Casserole

sweet potato casserole

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