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How to Cook Fresh Picnic Ham

Updated April 17, 2017

A picnic ham is a cut of pork taken from the shoulder of a pig. It is technically not a ham. Ham by definition is cut from the upper part of a pig's hind leg. A picnic ham also called a picnic shoulder is an inexpensive alternative for a true ham when making casseroles or soups. How much picnic ham you will need for a meal depends if the ham is bone-in or not. If it is a bone-in picnic ham, plan on at least a 3/4 of a pound of meat per serving. For a boneless ham allow 1/4 to 1/3 of a pound per serving.

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  1. Set the ham in the crock pot.

  2. Pour the two cups of liquid over the ham. Place the lid on the crock pot.

  3. Cook one hour on high. This will get the temperature of the crock pot high enough to thoroughly cook the ham.

  4. Turn the crock pot temperature to low and cook for six to eight hours. The picnic ham is fully cooked when its internal temperature reaches 71.1 degrees Celsius.

  5. Remove the ham from the crock pot and set it on a platter on the counter. Cover it lightly with aluminium foil. Let the ham rest for 10 minutes. It is now ready to serve.

  6. Tip

    You can add other spices and seasonings when you add the liquid in step 2. A 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and a 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg are nice additions when using a sweet liquid like apple juice. One envelope of onion soup mix adds more flavour to your ham when combined with a savoury liquid like chicken or vegetable broth.

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Things You'll Need

  • 5- to 8-pound picnic ham
  • Crock pot
  • 2 cups of liquid: apple or orange juice or chicken broth
  • Instant-read thermometer
  • Platter
  • Aluminium foil

About the Author

Carol Taber

Based in North Carolina, Carol Taber has been writing since 2008. Her work is published on her blog, A Second Cup, and on various other websites. She is currently a features writer for The Wake Weekly and holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of New York at Buffalo.

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