Every year, every single major holiday, my dad always made the most delicious ham. It was just the right amount of sweetness, right amount of tenderness, right amount of love…yes, love! My dad would wake up around 3am, go downstairs, prep the ham and then start cooking it in the oven ALL DAY LONG until we were ready to eat that evening.
However, this delicious ham always caused a bunch of headaches.
- It takes literally alllll day to cook. Hours among hours. My dad always cooked it on a very low heat so it cooked very slowly
- It took up oven space meaning that the 48 other dishes that had to go into the oven had to be spread out throughout the day awaiting a turn in the oven
- It took conscious effort and thought to remember to baste the ham!! Over the course of my lifetime there have been a few hams that haven’t been so great simply because they weren’t basted enough
Regardless of the angst caused by this glorious ham, Lover Boy and I have carried on the tradition (mostly against his will because his family ate turkey — gag!)
A few years ago we were hosting Thanksgiving at our house and Lover Boy had a genius idea – cook the ham in the CROCKPOT!! (Don’t have one? Here’s a great option!) I will be honest, I was really weary because I had only ever used our crockpot for chili. To my dismay the ham was sooo stinking’ good!! It was absolutely perfect! The texture, moisture, flavor were 5 star!
Best of all, we did’t have to give up precious oven space to the ham!
Since then even my dad has changed ways and adopted the crockpot ham! …and believe me, you’re going to want to too!
Let me show you how painfully easy this is!
Add a can of pineapple chunks to the bottom of the crockpot
Add 3/4c brown sugar
Add ham and poke with whole cloves
Using a large spoon, ladle the pineapple juice, pineapple and brown sugar over the ham, stuffing pineapple down into the slices of ham
Cover and cook for 6-8 hours depending on the size of the ham
When it’s fully cooked, remove cloves and pineapples and serve sliced ham on a platter
Really! That’s it! So easy and delicious!
So there you have it, my Thanksgiving Ham HACK!!
Wishing you all the most happy and me,oracle meals!
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