Sweet Southern Slow-Cooker Ham
A ham worthy of holiday entertaining doesn't get much easier than this recipe. Use leftover ham to make Ham, Apple & Aged Cheddar Crêpes.
1 bone-in fully-cooked ham, about 5 1/2 pounds
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup Kentucky bourbon*
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard
4 sprigs fresh thyme
- Place the ham in a large slow cooker.
- Whisk the cider with the brown sugar, bourbon, honey and mustard. Slowly pour over the ham. Scatter the thyme sprigs into the slow cooker.
- Cook, on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours, or until very tender.
- Remove ham to rest on a cutting board.
- Pass the remaining cooking liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly reduced.
- Cut the ham into chunks. Brush the cut pieces with the cooking liquid before arranging on a platter. Serve warm or room temperature.
Makes 12 servings.
*For a non-alcoholic alternative: replace the bourbon with 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): Calories: 180 calories; Protein: 31 grams; Fat: 4 grams; Sodium: 990 milligrams; Cholesterol: 80 milligrams; Saturated Fat: 1 grams; Carbohydrates: 3 grams; Fiber: 0 grams.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.