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Pressure Cooker Ham that is fall apart Tender and so sweet: The Fervent Mama - If you're looking to change up your Holiday Dinner Menu Plan this year, think twice about the spiral ham and go ahead and make this Pressure Cooker Ham!

Pressure Cooker Ham that is fall apart tender and deliciously sweet!

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If you’re looking to change up your Holiday Dinner Menu Plan this year, think twice about the spiral ham and go ahead and make this Pressure Cooker Ham! It’s an amazing equivalent to the beloved holiday ham tradition, but I promise that everyone will want the recipe afterward!

Pressure Cooker Ham that is fall apart Tender and so sweet: The Fervent Mama - If you're looking to change up your Holiday Dinner Menu Plan this year, think twice about the spiral ham and go ahead and make this Pressure Cooker Ham!

Although if you’re from the south or just anything like me, ham is a good meal for any time of year! We love taking a ham and boiling it down till it just falls to pieces. It’s so good for a meat dish, adding it to beans, stews, soups, sandwiches! Options are endless when you’ve got something this delicious!

 

Don’t get me wrong, a spiral ham is pretty good too. But in our family, it’s all about maw-maw’s boiled ham and we can’t get enough of it. I’ve adapted this pressure cooker ham recipe from my grandmother’s original boiled ham recipe, so you know it’s gonna be good!

Pressure Cooker Ham that is fall apart Tender and so sweet: The Fervent Mama - If you're looking to change up your Holiday Dinner Menu Plan this year, think twice about the spiral ham and go ahead and make this Pressure Cooker Ham!

This recipe is so simple that it’s pretty much foolproof. You throw everything into the magic pot and then let it do all the work. Honestly, I can’t believe that I fit a 7lb ham and all the “juices” into my pressure cooker. But I did and it turned out amazing.

Pressure Cooker Ham that is fall apart Tender and so sweet: The Fervent Mama - If you're looking to change up your Holiday Dinner Menu Plan this year, think twice about the spiral ham and go ahead and make this Pressure Cooker Ham!

The key to perfection lies in getting the juice-seasoning-meat ratio just right and I think we’ve done that. But, I usually let you be the judge of our recipes. Which means that you’ll need to come back and tell us just what you thought about it!

Pressure Cooker Ham that is fall apart Tender and so sweet: The Fervent Mama - If you're looking to change up your Holiday Dinner Menu Plan this year, think twice about the spiral ham and go ahead and make this Pressure Cooker Ham!

In your pressure cooker, combine the apple juice, coke (optional), sugar and all seasoning. Mix well. Place the LARGE SMOKED HAM into the pressure cooker with the smaller end facing upwards. Close and lock the lid, cook for 90 minutes on HI pressure.

Pressure Cooker Ham that is fall apart Tender and so sweet: The Fervent Mama - If you're looking to change up your Holiday Dinner Menu Plan this year, think twice about the spiral ham and go ahead and make this Pressure Cooker Ham!

You’ve got a lot in this pot, so you’ll want to let the pressure cooker do its thing and allow it to perform a natural release. If not, you’ll have a sweet mess all over your kitchen.

Before the ham cools, I like to begin removing it from the bone and placing it back into juices so that every piece has some of the syrupy liquid on it. I’m literally drooling right now. To serve, remove it from the juices but reserve some as “gravy”.

Pressure Cooker Ham that is fall apart Tender and so sweet: The Fervent Mama - If you're looking to change up your Holiday Dinner Menu Plan this year, think twice about the spiral ham and go ahead and make this Pressure Cooker Ham!

For storing, I like to save some of the juices to let the ham marinade in an airtight container. If you have leftovers and want to freeze, make sure you reserve some of the drippings for that too! You’ll want it during defrosting so that you don’t have dry ham.

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After listening to our readers, we tested this recipe again, and again, to see if we could recreate the “dry” effect that our readers were experiencing. And, unfortunately, we did. We have edited the recipe to reflect our findings. 

Pressure Cooker Ham

Pressure Cooker Ham

Yield: 10+ Servings
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

This ham is perfect for any time of year! Use it as a meat dish, in soups, stews or beans! It makes the best ham sammies too! 

Ingredients

  • 1 5-7 lb ham, smoked
  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup coca-cola, optional
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  1. In your pressure cooker, mix all wet and dry ingredients.
  2. Add whole ham to the pot. Open end down, pointed end upwards.
  3. Close and lock lid. Cook on HI Pressure for 60 minutes for larger hams and 45 minutes for smaller ones.
  4. Turn off the pot and let it perform a natural release. A Quick release may cause juice to spew from the spout. 
  5. If your ham is not "fall apart tender", continue cooking in 15-minute increments with a natural release.
  6. Take the ham out of the pot to remove from bone and then return to the juices to continue marinading. You can serve at any time. 
  7. Enjoy!

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This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Am I able to cook it frozen. My ham is smoked and 6.5 pounds. I would love to cook it tonight yet but could wait until tomorrow I guess. I am new to the pressure cooker with our ninja foodie.

    1. Hi, Karen! You can definitely cook the ham from frozen as long as it fits in your pot. I would take the liquid down a bit because the excess water from the ham (being frozen) may be an issue. Other than that, I would try a regular cook time and then cook in extra 30-minute increments if it isn’t tender enough.

  2. I am about to give this recipe a try with a solidly frozen ham, so I think I am going to go ahead with the 90 minutes. When you say cook it on high, does that mean I change my Instant Pot 8 quart from “normal” to high?

  3. What pressure cooker do you have? I have to buy one.

  4. After listening to our readers, we tested this recipe again, and again, to see if we could recreate the “dry” effect that our readers were experiencing. And, unfortunately, we did. We have edited the recipe to reflect our findings, please refer to it for more information!

  5. Hi Ellen, just discovered you! I’m sure I’ll be cooking a ham in my IP in the near future, thanks to this recipe. Did you do this 7 lb ham in a 6qt or an 8qt.? I have both. Also, I like to bake ham to fall-apart-tender perfection. You mentioned letting it go 90 minutes to achieve that. Some of the commenters have mentioned “way over cooked” / “dry” / and someone compared it to jerk. One comment said a 10 lb ham for 75″ was too long. I’m just trying to figure out how to judge.

    1. Hi, Rachel!

      We tested this recipe again and again and have found that our readers are right! Cooking the ham for 90 hours made it fall apart, but also made it a little dry. So, after testing some more, we found the happy medium at about 60 minutes for a larger sized ham.

      1. How long should I cook a 4# ham? Use the same amount of liquids?
        How long should I cook a 4# ham and how much do I use liquid?

  6. Ham Ham… have an instant pot
    Love it ! Now I’m in charge of the HAM
    .. ?… Brown sugar.. piñapple .. try explaining the need to coke .. to a 10’yr isn’t ez
    So going to try it with the ham on thanksgiving
    Any last minutes trips

  7. was told 40 mins for a 10 lb half ham,,is that right…””i”” want to slice it

    1. A 10 lb ham? Mine was about 6lbs and I was really pushing the limit with all of the ingredients- I’m not sure it would fit. However, I chose 90 minutes because the ham just falls apart. Yet, cook times can all be adjusted to fit your needs. Because it’s smoked, it’s already cooked, you just need to decide how tender you prefer. You can always start with 40 minutes and then do it in 15 minute increments to your liking!

  8. 3rd time using a pressure cooker. First time doing a ham. Followed the recipe cooking a 10 lb ham in an 8 qt pot for 75 min. Flavor was ok but the ham was way over cooked. Next time I am going to try 45 min. time cycle. May also try a spiral ham next time

    1. Bill, I did an 8lb. bone-in ham in my 10Qt. PC yesterday. 20 minutes, perfection!!

      1. Am I reading that correctly? 20 minutes for a 10lb. bone-in ham?

  9. Just want to say this was a hit this Easter for dinner. We bought 1/2 pig and had two boneless smoked hams (7lbs) I used one at Christmastime and cooked it in the pressure cooker the traditional way Myself and my two daughters could not eat it. The men ate part of it. I then used the last one on this recipe and I can say without a doubt, I will never cook it any other way. We are doing Keto and I could not keep 100% to the plan, but used Monk Fruit for the brown sugar. I would love to find something to use instead of Apple juice, but not if I have to sacrifice the flavor. Just hope that most of the apple juice “sugar” stayed in the pan. LOL. EVERYONE loved it. Grandson begged for the leftovers to take back to the dorm when he goes back to school. As boneless (and time limit) I only cooked 60 mins. It was perfect. thanks for this recipe.

  10. Brooke-I recently purchased a butchered pig but these hams are not smoked.
    What changes do you recommend for this recipe?
    Thanks!
    Sue

    1. Hi Sue, I really wish I could help but I’ve honestly never cooked a fresh ham using this method, or in my pressure cooker. If it were me, I would try using this same method, and if it wasn’t tender or cooked through up the time in 30-minute increments with a quick pressure release. If you do, I’d love to hear the results!

  11. Do you use Butt or Shank cut ham?

    1. Hey there, Bruce! I’ve used a variety of bone-in ham cuts for this recipe, so it’s really up to you!

  12. Very good, moist and tender, great flavor.

  13. I used a 5 lb boneless smoked ham. 90 min under high pressure turned out to be waaaaaay too long. I almost threw it out, but I had 6 hungry boys waiting & nothing else to feed them. The flavor was spot on. The ham was almost jerky. I will use this recipe again but I will cut cook time down to 30 min or less.

    1. Hi Kristin! We haven’t tried this recipe on a boneless ham. They are prepared differently, so I could see where the 90 minutes would be too long. I’m glad you liked the flavor though!

  14. Is this recipe for a cooked or uncooked smoked ham?

    1. Hi Doj! Sorry for the “slow” response, we were out of town this weekend. A smoked ham is considered a cooked piece of meat, so yes, this is for a cooked smoked ham.

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