I have been wanting to make a Retro 7-Up, Pineapple & Cherry Slow Cooker Ham for ages now and now that Easter is coming I finally stopped procrastinating. This is totally the most retro ham that you can get : pineapple, maraschino cherries and 7-Up! Now while our Mom’s used to cook it in the oven, I decided that I wanted slow cooker ham.
Making slow cooker ham frees up the oven to make turkey.
Laugh all you want, but I can’t have the only family that needs a ham AND a turkey for holiday dinners, am I?! It might be because we are Ukrainian and our feasts aren’t large enough until the tables are groaning under the weight of too much food, the legs are threatening to give out at any second. It might also be that we do have 13 of us now to feed and one of those is a teenage boy that can out-eat his Uncle. It definitely is because we love leftovers. My Mom and I plan for leftovers the next day, so we cook once and eat two or three times, that’s out family motto!
How long do I cook a ham in the crockpot?
Cooking the ham depends on how big the ham is. This ham took 4 ½ hours to heat up – remember, the hams are usually pre-cooked and we are just heating them up. It also depends on your slow cooker, a lot of them can run hotter than others do. That’s all about getting to know your slow cooker and how it heats however. When you have one that runs hot, you know!
Can I out a frozen ham in the slow cooker?
You can cook anything from frozen in the crockpot on LOW setting, you just have to factor in the extra time that it takes to defrost the ham. The other part is that you can’t score the top of the ham until it’s defrosted, but you can do this in the middle of the cooking process.
What temperature do I heat ham to?
The NEW temperature for ham is now 145 °F. This meat cooking temperatures chart from the USDA outlines the new temperatures for cooking pork that were dropped from 165 °F a few years ago. Thanks to newer and better pork handling techniques it’s become safer to eat pork at a lower temperature. This means that you are going to end up with far juicer ham than ever before! (and juicier than our Mom’s cooked, sorry Mom!)
Slow Cooker Ham Tips & Tricks
- The tinfoil on top is my greatest slow cooker hack that I have been doing for years, and I always get asked about it every time that someone sees it in a video. There are very few recipes that don’t benefit from sealing in the moisture and not allowing it to escape. The only one that I can think of where you wouldn’t want the moisture in the crockpot is a Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake. You actually want to get rid of the moisture in that recipe.
- To get that gorgeous crispy top all you need to do is a quick broil in the oven at the end of the cooking time. Five minutes and you have crispy ham!
- You can open up the slow cooker and baste the ham if you want, it does affect the cooking time slightly, but if you want to baste it just factor in another 15 minutes of cooking time for every time you open it. Sometimes it doesn’t affect it, but plan for the worst case scenario.
- Cooking the ham in the slow cooker honestly makes this the juiciest ham ever, just take a look at it in the video!
How to Make a Slow Cooker Ham Video
Happy cooking! Who else loves a good retro ham recipe? This has to be one of my favourites! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I will get back to you!
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Retro 7-Up, Pineapple & Cherry Slow Cooker Ham
- one 3-4 pounds bone in, cooked ham shank
- 12-15 whole cloves
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1
- one 355 millilitres can of 7-up or other lime flavoured beverage
- one 15 ounces can pineapple rings you need 5-6 pineapple rings
- 5-6 maraschino cherries
- Place the ham in your crockpot. If you need to, you can cut part of the bottom off to make it fit and save that ham to eat later (that's why I say get a cooked ham!).
- Scour the top of the ham in a grid pattern with a knife, making the cuts around ⅓ of an inch deep into the ham. If there is a lot of fat ( 1 inch thick or more) you can cut deeper.
- Place cloves at the intersection of each square corner ( see video).
- Combine the juice from the pineapple rings, the brown sugar and the 7- up until mixed thoroughly. Pour over the ham.
- Cover the top of the ham with the pineapple rings, attaching each by placing a whole maraschino cherry in the middle of the pineapple ring and then using a toothpick to secure it. ( watch the video to see exactly how this is done.)
- Place tinfoil on top and then the crockpot lid. Cook on low for 4-5 hours, until the ham is heated up completely and the thickest piece has reached a temperature of 145 ° F.
- Remove toothpicks and carve to serve.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.