Instant Pot: Sweet & Spicy Brown Sugar Ham

When it comes to the holidays, my family looks forward to the main entree. On Thanksgiving, its the beautifully roasted turkey. On New Year's Eve, it's the gorgeously marbled Prime Rib Roast. On St. Patrick's Day, it's my popular Guinness Corned Beef. However on Christmas, we often will enjoy a special spiral cut ham. There are quite a few different versions and I particularly like the sweet and spicy flavors. This recipe takes spicy brown mustard and pairs it with the sweetness of brown sugar, honey and pineapple. Using a fully cooked spiral cut ham allows all the flavors to meld nicely into each slice as it cooks up. And if you are a fan of crispy ham on the outside, you can broil this after pressure cooking!

Sweet & Spicy Brown Sugar Ham
original Joelen recipe

1 city ham, fully cooked, spiral cut - 2-6 pounds to fit in your IP
1 cup spicy mustard
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 20oz can of pineapple tidbits with juice

Plug in the IP with insert set in place and place trivet inside IP insert.

Liberally brush on mustard to coat ham all over and place ham on trivet, cut side down. You may have to cut some of the ham around the edges so it can fit nicely inside.

Carefully press brown sugar to coat the ham over the mustard layer. Drizzle  honey over the brown sugar and pour the can of pineapple over the top with the juice.

Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MEAT setting and adjust the time to 15 minutes to 20 on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 15-20 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes. 

When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 15 -20 minutes, allow your IP to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes. While naturally releasing pressure (also known as NPR or NR), the display will reflect numbers counting up from 1. The numbers indicate how many minutes the IP has stopped cooking since it beeped (or how many minutes it has been naturally releasing pressure). No need to touch your UP while it naturally releases pressure. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Carefully remove the ham from the IP and serve. If you want to have the ham crispier around the edges, you can also place slices on a baking tray and broil until desired crispness.

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