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Slow cooked spiral cut ham with a brown sugar rub and a honey mustard glaze. Easy, stunning, scrumptious and practically mess free.
The other day I was at Walmart, looking at hams when a little old lady in a glittery newsboy cap with a bow on the front came over and pointed out this Hormel Cure 81 Cherrywood Bone-in Ham. “This one,” she said, tapping on the foil wrap, “this is the best ham I’ve ever eaten in my whole life. My son made of these for thanksgiving dinner last week. We don’t have them in my town,” she went on to tell me, as she loaded up her cart with several hams, “so we drove down here to get some while they still had them in the store.” She hefted a few more hams around in the cooler case checking the price tags and asked her husband, “Just one more?” He laughed and shook his head.
That right there is some ham love folks. When you stop people in the store to tell them how darn stinking good these hams are and then back it up by buying a cart full. I wish now that I’d thought to take a picture of her with her with her many hams.
She wasn’t wrong, it is some gosh darn good ham. Now, she said she likes hers with apricot preserves and cola, but I love my ham with mustard. Anytime I eat ham, I always slather it with mustard. Just something about that tang that compliments it so much. So my ham is smothered with a brown sugar rub, then coated with honey and stone ground mustard before roasting in the slow cooker.
If you’ve never made a bone in spiral cut ham, you have been missing out on one of the easiest and prettiest and make your whole house smell goodiest main dish meats ever.
I am a mess. Period. Especially when I am hosting a big dinner. I want everything to be just perfect, but by the time I am done getting each dish just perfect and ready to serve, my kitchen is a Disaster! Every pot, pan, and burner has been put through the ringer. Now that I know that I have these tendencies, I try and compensate for this by making dishes that can be done ahead of time, or dishes like this slow cooked honey mustard ham, which are simple and can be made in the crock-pot, off the stove and out of the line of fire.
This succulent ham is so simple to prepare. You start with two pieces of foil long enough to wrap your ham up. Why? Because it will help snuggle that sugar and honey mustard right up next to your ham instead of letting it sink to the bottom of the crock. Set your ham in the center and rub that sucker down with the brown sugar rub, I suggest using the back of a spoon. Lay that stuff on thick, because it’s the glue that will help the honey mustard stay on your ham. Next, brush half of the honey mustard onto the ham. Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray to keep it from sticking to your ham, wrap it up, and plop it in the slow cooker. Lid goes on, and it goes on high for an hour, then low for 5-6 hours.
You don’t need any liquid in the bottom of the slow cooker, your ham comes fully prepared with everything it needs to keep it moist and juicy. After the cooking time, check the temperature of the ham, being careful not to place the thermometer next to the bone. Temp 140 oh my lordy, it’s almost ready to go.
Carefully unwrap your ham. All the lovely spiral cuts will be spreading now, making it easy to get the rest of the honey mustard in every crack and crevice. Brush the remaining honey mustard over every bit of that ham and serve it.
Slow Cooked Honey Mustard Ham
- 1 7-9 lb Hormel Bone-in Spiral Cut ham
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2/3 cup stone ground mustard
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar
- Cut 2 pieces of aluminum foil long enough to completely wrap your ham.
- In a small bowl, mix together the honey and mustard.
- In another small bowl, combine the brown sugar with 2-3 Tablespoons of the honey mustard mixture, just enough to make your brown sugar into a thick paste.
- Rub the brown sugar all over the ham in a thick layer.
- Next, baste the ham with the honey mustard mixture, reserving half of the honey mustard for later use.
- Spray the foil with nonstick spray and tightly wrap the ham. Place in a 7qt slow cooker.
- Cook on high for 1 hour, then turn to low for another 5-6 hours.
- Carefully remove the ham and check the temp to ensure that the ham has reached a minimum of 140 degrees.
- Baste with remaining honey mustard and serve.
Here are few recipes that compliment this ham and make a great holiday dinner!