Cooking a ham roast has been on my to-do list since I picked them up from the processor last month.  I usually brine and then slow cook ham roasts in the oven, but I wanted to try something different with this one.  Something that could be whipped up really fast and left in the slow cooker all day long.

But, since I’m always so busy with the farm (and driving kids all over the place), I tasked Zach with finding or creating a recipe.

I set some parameters for him, as I was driving the girls to riding lessons, and he was home alone cooking.

He was to use a rub to season the meat, and then toss in some small potatoes, peeled sweet potatoes, and chunks of carrots.  Also – he wasn’t to make it spicy, since Nina cannot tolerate spicy.

It’s such a relief to be able pass the cooking tasks on to Zach.  Now, if I could only get him to write the blog posts to go with the recipes!  I’m going to miss him when he moves out – which won’t be for a good long while!

Oh, and Kevin will be home soon for a few weeks! So look for some “Kevin Cooked It” posts!

I know I can’t wait!  And not just because he’s a great cook….

Here’s how Zach did it:

Slow Cooker Ham Roast

Combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 ham roast from Franchesca’s Dawn Farm (this one was 4.8 pounds)
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp paprika (use smoked if you like a smoky flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • black pepper to taste (Zach did not use black pepper)
  • spice it up with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper or chipotle

Place whole small potatoes and/or sweet potatoes and carrots in the bottom of your slow cooker.

Rub the seasoning all over the ham roast and place it on top of the veggies in the slow cooker.

ham roast

Zach set the slow cooker for 4 hours.  Our slow cooker reduces the heat to a low simmer after the four hours, so this was perfect – it really cooked all day.  The high heat at the start helped to defrost the ham since he put it in frozen.  He started it around 9 am and we ate it around 6 pm.  The meat was falling off the bone delicious!


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