Baking a precooked ham in a Crock-Pot is a great way to warm it up before serving it because it keeps the meat moist and prevents it from drying out. You can also add sauces, spices, fruit and other condiments to the slow cooker so the precooked ham gets infused with flavor.
Heating Food in a Slow Cooker
Slow cookers operate using a combination of direct heat from the electrical appliance along with the steam that gets trapped by keeping the lid on tight, the University of Minnesota explains. They cook food at a lower temperature — usually between 170 and 280 degrees Fahrenheit.
Slow cookers are convenient because you can toss the ingredients in, go about your day and come back to a hot meal and a house that smells amazing. Apart from saving you time, they can also work out to be pretty budget-friendly in the long run.
The lower temperatures help tenderize leaner, less expensive cuts of meat with minimum shrinkage. Plus, slow cookers also use less electricity than ovens.
For the sake of hygiene, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service recommends starting with a clean slow cooker, clean utensils and a clean workspace. The ham should be stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it and completely thawed before you put it in the slow cooker.
Following these steps can help ensure that harmful bacteria don't grow on the ham. A study in the October 2017 issue of the journal Epidemiology and Infection estimates that eating pork results in 525,000 cases of infection in the United States every year.
Baking Precooked Ham in a Crock-Pot
Follow these steps to warm up a precooked ham in your slow cooker.
Depending on your preferences, you can add other ingredients to the slow cooker with the precooked ham to infuse it with flavor and give it a sweet or savory glaze. For instance, you can make your slow cooker ham with pineapple to give it a tangy sweet-and-sour flavor.
- Add liquid to the slow cooker: You can use water or wine to keep the ham moist. If you like the flavor of pineapple, one variation of the recipe is slow cooker ham with pineapple juice. Just add pineapple juice to the slow cooker instead of wine. If you want a savory ham, you can use vegetable or chicken broth. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to determine how much liquid you need.
- Glaze the ham: If you want a sweet glaze, you can use a combination of brown sugar, honey, mustard and balsamic vinegar. If you prefer a savory glaze, you can use mustard, vinegar, honey, minced garlic and crushed peppercorns. Coat the ham with the glaze mixture.
- Add pineapple pieces (optional): If you like chunks of fruit, you can make your slow cooker ham with pineapple pieces. Use toothpicks to pin canned pineapple rings all over the surface of the ham.
- Put the ham in the slow cooker: Gently place the precooked ham in the Crock-Pot. If you like, you can add spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg to the slow cooker with the precooked ham for additional flavor.
- Let the ham cook: Let the ham cook on the low-heat setting. Follow the manufacturer's directions to determine the amount of time required. Per FoodSafety.gov, the precooked ham should reach an internal temperature of 145 F to be considered safe to eat.
According to the USDA, a slice of baked ham provides 30 calories, 5 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat and minerals like sodium and potassium. Any additional ingredients you add for the glaze may add calories to your meal.