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Jan 31, 2009 03:51 PM

ham in a crockpot?

Can I put a fully smoked ham-half in a crock pot with my typical glaze kind of ingredients, and it work out okay?

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  1. Are you making pulled pork?

    1. I have, used potatos, herbs, carrobs, parsnips, also did other veggies did asian once also brussel sprouts but put those in 1/2 way, I never had a problem and it worked good.

      1. I have yet to come across anything I couldn't put in a crock pot! I don't mean to sound flippant. Sometimes it is how you use the ingredient that makes the difference.

        1. I think the ham is going to give off liquid and dilute your glaze ingredients. When you bake a ham in the oven, the surface gets hot and dry which enables the glaze to stick. In the crockpot, it will be more like simmering or steaming the meat in the glaze juices, which will probably be delicious, but it won't replicate the oven method.

          1. This does not sound like an appealing way to glaze your ham. Hams are already cooked and when you put them in the oven, you're really just heating them through, evaporating some of the moisture to intensify the flavor, and caramelizing the sugars in them. That's not going to happen in the crockpot. The ham is going to stew in its own juices.
            Additionally, as the ham cooked in the oven begins to caramelize on its own, the glaze does too and it browns. Crockpots don't brown things - a widely lamented flaw with these otherwise great appliances.
            I think you would end up with some fairly stringy warm ham swimming in a bath of sweet stuff. Doesn't sound very appealing to me.