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Crockpot ham has a quick prep and requires minimal effort. Covered with a brown sugar glaze, it’s our favorite way to make a holiday ham!
It is the juiciest, sweetest, and tender ham you’ll ever try. With a delicious glaze made from brown sugar and pineapple juice, it’s impossible not to love it! The best part? It’s SO easy to make!!
Most of it is done in the crock pot, which makes this slow cooker ham recipe even better!
how to cook a ham in a crock pot
This ham is made in the slow cooker which translates to EASY!!
PREP. Add your ham to a greased slow cooker, cut side down.
SEASON. Rub 1 cup brown sugar all over the ham, then pour the syrup and pineapple juice over the top.
COOK. Heat in a slow cooker on LOW for 3-4 hours. Remove the excess liquid in the slow cooker into a separate pot. Make the glaze (recipe below) and pour it over the sliced ham in the crock pot. Cook on warm/low for an additional 30 minutes to an hour.
SERVE. Remove this easy crock pot ham to a platter, and garnish with fresh herbs.
How much ham per person
- Bone-in ham – ½ pound per person, or 1 pound per person if you want lots of leftovers!
- Boneless ham – ¼ to ⅓ pound should do the trick.
Depending on the size of your crockpot, it might only be able to fit 7-8 pounds of ham. If you need more than that to feed your guests, you may need to borrow an extra crock pot or two!
Brown Sugar Glaze For Ham
This glaze might be simple, but it packs a lot of flavor! It’s perfectly sweet, to compliment the flavors of the meat. All it takes is three ingredients:
- leftover juices from cooked ham
- brown sugar
- pineapple juice
COMBINE. Just mix the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove.
BOIL. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally.
GLAZE. Pour the sauce over the ham, cook in the crock pot a little longer, and you’re set.
This brown sugar ham glaze is amazing! If desired, try adding additional spices to taste: ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon, or nutmeg.
Making ham in the crockpot is a cinch! These tips can help it turn out perfectly moist and delicious.
Crock pot tips. This spiral ham is already cooked through, so using the slow cooker is to add flavor, and warm it up. Some crock pot cooking tips:
- Don’t put frozen meat in a crock pot. Even though this ham is already cooked, you still need to make sure to thaw it beforehand.
- Plug in the pot, and start heating it up while you prepare the ingredients for the dish.
- HIGH on a crock pot is about 300°F. LOW is about 200°F. One hour on high equals about two hours on low.
- Use the right size crock pot. The ham should fill the pot between ½ and ¾ of the way.
- Avoid removing the lid. It takes 20 minutes for the pot to return to the set temperature.
Spiral cut ham. This type of ham is really convenient because the precooked ham has been pre-sliced as well. A butcher begins making a continuous cut from one end of the ham to the other. (It makes me think of using a vegetable peeler to peel an apple in one continuous spiral.)
These pre-cut, even, slices make it easier to serve the ham at dinner. Spiral ham can come in both bone-in and boneless forms.
- Bone-in: like the name states, it still has the ham bone intact and is supposedly more flavorful than boneless.
- Boneless: doesn’t have a bone, which allows for easier cutting and serving.
side dishes for Ham
This crockpot ham recipe leaves plenty of oven space for all of those delicious sides! Here are some of our favorites:
- Homemade Dinner Rolls
- Baked Sweet Potato Cubes
- Best Mashed Potatoes
- Baked Beans
- Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes
- Green Bean Casserole Recipe
STORE any leftover slow cooker ham in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
FREEZE. Once cooled, wrap in plastic wrap and tinfoil, or freezer bags, and freeze for up to 3 months.
Leftover crockpot ham recipe is great for sandwiches, soups, casseroles, or bakes. If you know you’re going to use it in a recipe that calls for diced ham, like Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, Creamy Ham and Bean Soup, or Ham Potato Corn Chowder, dice it up before putting it in the freezer – for convenience down the road!
To reheat. Pop it in the microwave, or wrap the slices in foil and heat in the oven at 275°F, until warmed through.
Yes, you can definitely use a boneless ham for this recipe! Simply follow the same steps for preparation and cooking as stated in the recipe. The only difference is that you won’t have to deal with the ham bone. The cooking time may vary slightly depending on the size of the boneless ham, so be sure to check for doneness using a meat thermometer.
In general, for a smaller ham, you can reduce the cooking time by about 15-30 minutes per pound. For a larger ham, you may need to increase the cooking time by about 15-30 minutes per pound. However, it’s crucial to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the ham reaches 140°F.
Absolutely! You can definitely substitute brown sugar with honey or maple syrup in this recipe to add a different flavor profile to your ham. Since honey and maple syrup are both sweeter, I would reduce the amount you add to suit your preferences. Note that the glaze may have a slightly different consistency and flavor with the substitution, but it will still be delicious.
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Crockpot Ham Recipe
- 8 pounds bone-in spiral-cut cured ham
- 2-2½ cups packed brown sugar divided
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup (not artificially flavored pancake syrup)
- Spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place ham cut side down in the greased slow cooker.
- Rub 1 cup brown sugar all over the ham, then pour pineapple juice and syrup over the top.
- Cook on low for 3–4 hours.
- Remove excess liquid from the slow cooker and transfer to a pot. Add remaining 1–1½ cups brown sugar to pot, using more sugar if you prefer a sweeter ham. Bring to a rolling boil, then remove from the heat and pour over the ham. Cook on warm for an additional 30–60 minutes.
- Remove ham to a platter. Spoon extra juices over ham slices and garnish with fresh herbs before serving.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.