Back around Easter time I shared my Honey Caramel Ham recipe and since it was so popular, I thought I’d share another fun ham recipe – this time a Root Beer Glazed Spiral Ham that you can make in your slow cooker!
So for a bit of background as to why I’d pick root beer for the glaze, my stepdad loves A&W Root Beer. He keeps his glass mugs in his freezer and enjoys a glass with supper almost every day – and if you ask for a glass, he’ll give you the stingiest pour you’ve ever seen.
He and my mom will be helping a lot during our upcoming home renovations, nearly 6 weeks of labour-intense work every evening after an already exhausting day of work. So, I’m trying to do some special things for them when I can like make them supper or offer to combine their errands with mine.
However, I’m also super busy over here purging and packing my house, prepping for Miss G’s upcoming surgery, and keeping two businesses afloat, so making them supper also has to be quick and convenient for me – so anything that can cook in the slow cooker is perfect.
Spiral hams are on sale everywhere, so a delicious glazed ham that you can make in the slow cooker sounded perfect. After running several ideas past him, we finally agreed on a root beer spiral ham – and it turned out amazing.
Succulent, juicy ham with a slightly crisp and caramelized skin with that delicious sweet hint of root beer and fresh apple.
I played around a bit with adding acidity to the recipe and I just didn’t like it. The root beer has so many flavor notes in itself already that you don’t need additional contrast.
This recipe can be easily done in the oven, just set to 325F and cook the spiral ham for an hour. (This is the cooking time for a pre-cooked spiral ham, as they sell them in the store, not a raw ham.)
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Root Beer Ham
- 2 cups root beer
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1 large spiral ham (pre-cooked)
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
Tip: If you can’t find a spiral-cut ham, use an easy “hatch” pattern instead, cutting intersecting diagonal lines into the ham, as they are easier to get right.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Slow cooker
- Small saucepan
- Measuring cups
- Silicone basting brush
- Sharp knife
How to Make a Slow Cooker Root Beer Spiral Ham
Place the root beer and brown sugar in a sauce pan and heat for 10 minutes, whisking frequently, until the sugar has dissolved and the root beer has slightly thickened.
Pour the root beer over the ham, and use a basting brush to help you get into the spiral cuts.
Cook in the slow cooker for 20-30 minutes before adding the apple slices into each cut.
(You can add the apples from the beginning but they will turn to practically apple sauce by the end of the cooking time.)
Brush the drippings onto the ham to build up that delicious root beer glaze and cover to cook for an additional 20-30 minutes.
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This super easy slow cooker ham recipe was such a hit with my entire family – it was almost embarrassing when I was asked for the recipe, but sometimes delicious doesn’t have to be complicated.
For more delicious pork recipes your family will love, check out our Honey-Caramel Ham Recipe or our Mesquite pork tenderloin with fall fruits recipe.