If you’re planning to cook ham in a slow cooker, the first question you might have is how long it will take. Fortunately, cooking time depends on several factors: whether it’s a whole ham or boneless cut; what size ham you buy; and whether or not its bones are still attached. Each of these variables affects how long it takes for the meat to reach its required internal temperature of 135 degrees F—and I’ll explain why each one does so below.
The USDA recommends cooking a whole ham in the slow cooker at a temperature of 170 degrees F.
The USDA recommends cooking a whole ham in the slow cooker at a temperature of 170 degrees F. This will ensure that your ham reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees F, which is safe for consumption and ensures that it’s fully cooked through.
The length of time it takes for your ham to reach this internal temperature depends on its size–the larger it is, the longer it’ll take.
The ham won’t be ready until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees F.
The internal temperature of the ham is the most important factor in determining doneness. You can check this using a meat thermometer, which will measure the temperature at different points in the meat. If you don’t use one, you may end up with an undercooked or even unsafe to eat ham (and no one wants that!). The USDA recommends cooking hams until they reach 145 degrees F., then allowing them to rest for 3 minutes before slicing into it. But because ham is already cooked when purchased from most grocery stores, we think it’s better to err on the side of caution and go for 150 degrees F., which gives us plenty of time for resting afterward.
This will take at least 8 hours in a slow cooker, and possibly more depending on the size of your ham.
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The cooking time of your ham will depend on two factors: the size of your slow cooker and how long it takes for the meat to reach the correct internal temperature.
If you’re using a small or medium-sized cooker, expect anywhere from 8 to 12 hours of cook time for your ham. On the other hand, if you have a large family or want leftovers (and who doesn’t?), consider investing in an extra large model that’ll let you make enough food for everyone without having to worry about whether or not everything will fit inside at once!
If you want to cook a boneless ham, you’ll need to cook it for about 6 hours in your slow cooker, but check for doneness at 2 hours per pound.
If you’re cooking a boneless ham, it will take about 6 hours to cook in your slow cooker. But if you want to be sure that the meat is fully cooked, check for doneness at 2 hours per pound of pork (or about every 30 minutes). The USDA recommends cooking a boneless ham at 160 degrees F (71 C).
You can also cook baked hams in your slow cooker, but they will take longer to reach the recommended internal temperature than raw hams do.
You can also cook baked hams in your slow cooker, but they will take longer to reach the recommended internal temperature than raw hams do. This is because there are more layers of fat and meat on a baked ham, so it takes longer for heat to penetrate them all. The general rule is that it will take 1 hour of cooking time per pound of pork leg or shoulder (the cut used for roasts). For example, if you have an 8-pound roast that’s about 2 inches thick, this means it will take approximately 16 hours at 250 F (121 C) before your roast reaches an internal temperature of 145 F (63 C).
Cooking time depends on how long it takes for the meat to reach the correct internal temperature
The cooking time for a ham depends on several factors. The size of the ham, how long it takes for the meat to reach the correct internal temperature and how thick it is all play a role in determining how long your slow cooker needs to run before your meal is ready.
If you have never cooked a whole ham before or if this is your first time using a slow cooker, there are some basic things that can help ensure success:
- Choose an appropriately sized crock pot (see below).
- Make sure your meat has been properly thawed beforehand–this will prevent any unnecessary risk of bacterial growth while also allowing more accurate temperature readings later on when checking doneness levels via thermometer probe inserted into centermost part of roast after removing lid during final hour(s) when cooking process has finished but before eating begins so as not disrupt any potential “carryover cooking” effect which might occur after removing lid during final hour(s) when cooking process has finished but before eating begins so as not disrupt any potential “carryover cooking” effect which might occur if left untouched too long after finishing up its last stage
Cooking a ham in your slow cooker is an easy way to have delicious, moist meat on Easter or any other holiday. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about it drying out or burning because the slow cooker takes care of everything!