Black Forest ham is salt-cured and smoked over pine or fir which imparts rich smoky flavors. True Black Forest hams are produced in the Black Forest of Germany, but there are a variety of commercially produced hams that are prepared and taste similar if you're unable to locate the original. Try slowly cooking Black Forest ham in a Crock Pot or other type of slow cooker to achieve a moist, flavorful result. Add canned pineapple to amplify and complement the succulent smokiness of this ham.
Pre-heat your slow cooker on low for 15 to 20 minutes, then place the Black Forest ham in the slow cooker.
Open a can of pineapple slices or chunks and arrange on top of the ham. Pour the remaining juice into the slow cooker. For an even sweeter flavor, rub brown sugar all over the ham prior to arranging pineapple slices or chunks on top.
Place the lid on your slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the internal temperature on a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Serve the ham with pineapple.
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- Add potatoes or sweet potatoes while slow cooking your Black Forest ham for a complete and flavorful meal.
- Keep the lid on your slow cooker during cooking as removing the lid lets the heat escape, which prolongs the cooking process.
- Don’t overfill your slow cooker as this can negatively affect cooking times. It is recommended that you do not fill your slow cooker more than two-thirds full, though this varies among brands so consult your owners manual if you’re unsure
Christina Kalinowski is a writer from the Twin Cities who began her career in 2011. She contributes food and drink related articles to The Daily Meal. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from Purdue University.