Slow-Cooker Holiday Glazed Ham

From Cook's Country | October/November 2011

Why this recipe works:

We’ve all seen beautifully bronzed hams emerge from the oven, so why not from the slow cooker? We lacquered hams with every thick, sticky, sugary coating we could think of, but every glaze slid right off during slow cooking. The glaze definitely needed to be applied after the ham was brought… read more

We’ve all seen beautifully bronzed hams emerge from the oven, so why not from the slow cooker? We lacquered hams with every thick, sticky, sugary coating we could think of, but every glaze slid right off during slow cooking. The glaze definitely needed to be applied after the ham was brought to temperature in the slow cooker. Our goal was to make a stovetop glaze that would have a thick, coating consistency without having to make a trip to the oven. After producing countless glazes that ranged from hard and brittlelike to tough and chewy, we found that equal parts of dark brown sugar and apple jelly thickened with a tablespoon of cornstarch gave us the ideal glaze.

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Serves 16 to 20

Do not substitute spiral-cut ham, as it dries out during slow cooking. Let the glaze cool for 5 minutes before applying (it should be just warm to the touch). For a hint of spiciness, add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne to the sugar mixture at the beginning of step 2.

Ingredients

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