Recipe Idea: Spiral Cut Slow Cooker Ham
Hi. It’s Lois in the kitchen at Recipe Idea Shop, telling you about Spiral Cut Slow Cooker Ham. Sunday is Easter and in our house, we either have Spiral Cut Baked Ham, Spiral Cut Slow Cooker Ham or some kind of lamb for this holiday. Occasionally, we have a baked Turkey.
Although I became a Quaker (member of the Religious Society of Friends) many years ago, I grew up in the United Methodist Church, where Easter is a big deal. Not so much for Quakers. Many Quakers do believe in Jesus, but I’d say most do not think of Jesus as a personal savior. Yet, he certainly is revered as a prophet and Quakers generally follow his teachings. Quakers do not have a specific creed. We do believe “there is that of God in everyone” and we must “listen to the Spirit” and “live a Spirit-filled life.” There is generally no special Easter service at the Quaker Meetinghouse, however.
Don and I continue to celebrate Easter in a low-key kind of way by having a more elegant meal, such as Spiral Cut Slow Cooker Ham, for the holiday’s supper. Spiral Cut Slow Cooker Ham is absolutely terrific. It is moist, tender, salty and sweet. I think it’s my favorite way to make ham, although next time I would only use 1/2 cup brown sugar. Easy. Tasty. Bam!
This year, we will have the pleasure of having our granddaughter, Taevi, join us for the meal. I picked up an Easter Basket for her, too. Taevi’s mom has to work the whole weekend (she is an excellent server in a restaurant). That means we get to have more time with our granddaughter!
We plan to make some Hard Boiled Eggs and dye them. I’m taking the easy way out this year and using commercial egg dyes. Maybe next year I will make them with natural dyes (like red onion skins).
If you need to cook your ham while you are away from your house, a slow cooker is a terrific option. I would aim for cooking it about 6 hours, but it’s still moist and delicious after 8 hours. If you will be away for longer than 8 hours, I suggest you use a programmable slow cooker like the one pictured below, or put a simple timer on your manual slow cooker and have it come on after a few hours. It won’t hurt the ham to sit in the slow cooker for a couple of hours without heat.
I like the Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker best:
If the Cuisinart is out of your price range, this Crock-Pot 6-Quart programmable slow cooker is a terrific option. Here’s the Spiral Cut Slow Cooker Ham recipe, which takes 6-8 hours. I’ve given you the Baked Ham option below it. Enjoy!
Read on for recipe and nutrition…
- 5 pound spiral cut ham
- 1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar
- 20 whole cloves
- Sprinkle 3/4 cup of brown sugar in the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Place the ham, fat side down, over the sugar.
- Sprinkle the remaining sugar on the cut side of the ham.
- Poke the cloves in the top of the ham.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
If you prefer Spiral Cut Baked Ham, here is the recipe. It only takes 2 hours.
- 5-pound Spiral Cut Ham
- 20 whole cloves
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Put the ham in an open roasting pan (no cover).
- Stick the whole cloves into the skin of the ham.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar over the ham.
- Bake at 325F degrees for about 20 minutes per pound (or according to the directions on your ham), about 1-3/4 hour.
- Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.