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Crockpot Ham Shank

Crockpot Ham Shank

This crockpot ham shank recipe offers a hassle-free way to create a delicious and tender ham shank infused with flavors. Slow-cooked to perfection, it's a versatile dish suitable for any occasion.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 ham shank (approximately 5-6 pounds)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the ham shank in the crockpot. If it doesn't fit, you can trim it to make it fit comfortably.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Mix until well blended.
  • Pour the glaze over the ham shank in the crockpot, ensuring it's evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover the crockpot with the lid and set it to cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. The long, slow cooking process will infuse the ham with flavor and make it incredibly tender.
  • If you can, baste the ham with the juices from the crockpot every couple of hours to keep it moist and flavorful.
  • About 6 hours in, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the ham. It should reach 140°F (60°C) for safe consumption.
  • Once done, remove the ham shank from the crockpot and let it rest for about 15 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a juicy and flavorful result.
  • Slice the ham shank, drizzle with any remaining glaze, and serve.


Cooking Tips for the Best Results:

  1. Choose the right size: Ensure your ham shank fits comfortably in your crockpot to allow for even cooking.
  2. Trim excess fat: If your ham shank has excessive fat, consider trimming it before placing it in the crockpot.
  3. Basting is key: Basting the ham shank during cooking ensures it stays moist and absorbs the flavors of the glaze.
  4. Use a meat thermometer: To avoid overcooking, check the ham’s internal temperature, and remove it from the crockpot once it reaches 140°F (60°C).
  5. Save the juices: Any leftover juices from the crockpot can be strained and used as a delectable sauce for serving.

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FAQs about Crockpot Ham Shank Recipe

Can I use a boneless ham shank for this recipe?

While a bone-in ham shank is ideal, you can use boneless ham shank, but be cautious of cooking time to avoid overcooking.

Can I make this recipe with a different meat cut?

Yes, you can adapt this recipe for other cuts of pork, but adjust the cooking time accordingly.

What sides go well with crockpot ham shank?

Traditional sides like scalloped potatoes, green beans, or roasted vegetables complement this dish perfectly.

Can I prepare the glaze in advance?

Certainly, you can make the glaze a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

How should I store leftover crockpot ham shank?

Store any leftover ham in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days, and you can also freeze it for later enjoyment.

Read more here for additional info about cooking ham shank. Also, I recommend other interesting articles and recipes related to this topic, including recipes for honey glazed ham shank, baked ham shank with potatoes and vegetables, Hungarian ham shank soup with white beans, authentic German pork knuckle, and more.

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