Thursday, May 24, 2012

Crock Pot Ham Sandwiches

I'm falling in love hard and fast with my Crock Pot. I've always been a fan, but lately, it's showing me new wonders I've never beheld. You think I'm exaggerating, but this is for real. We all know the standard fare for slow cookers...pot roast, chilis, delicious things of that nature. But I'm on a new kick of making anything and everything in the old girl. I'll start with something a little more "normal."

HONEY GLAZED HAM! Last month for Easter Sunday, I was faced with what I'm sure is an age-old dilemma: too many hot dishes and not enough oven space (#firstworldproblems). Even if I could have used our first-floor neighbor's oven (he was joining us for our meal), I didn't want to keep coming back through our church service next door to keep glazing the pig. TK suggested we use the Crock Pot and I was sure some genius out there had already figured out the details.

I hit the jackpot with a recipe from this website. To. Die. For....and I'm seriously not even a ham person. It was beyond simple and tasted like Easter perfection. My husband raved about it for over a week in April so I made it again this past weekend for some gourmet ham sandwiches he wanted to make. It worked again like magic.

Here's what you do: stuff that ham (bone in, ready-to-eat) into your crock pot...depending on your slow cooker's size, you won't want to get a ham that is over 8 pounds. It's a snug fit...and I mean snug. Mix up 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup butter, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons thyme and pour it over the ham into the slow cooker.

Set your Crock Pot to low and leave it be for 6 hours. That's it. THAT'S IT for a perfect ham. Look at that meat fall off the bone. Even though it slides right off, it stays relatively intact so that you can traditionally slice it and dice it.

We served ours up on a pretzel role, with provolone cheese and a special mayo/ranch/mustard concoction. Like I said, I'm not that much of a ham person...but now I might be. Enjoy! Little dudesicle liked it too...


Anonymous said...

This sounds very good. I will have to try it next time I'm making a ham. What a good idea! - Joan

Amy and Andrew said...

I like ham, but boy, do I love a good pretzel roll.

Rebecca said...

Looks delicious! I am going to try this one next year :)