Crockpot Brown Sugar Ham

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This crock pot ham is made entirely in the slow cooker, which makes for quick prep time and minimal effort. With a deliciously sweet brown sugar glaze, it’s our favorite way to make a holiday ham!

It’s a holiday classic! Served with funeral potatoes, Brussel sprouts and rolls, you can’t go wrong with this simple recipe that is made in the slow cooker and perfect for family get togethers.

Crock Pot ham slices on plate with sides

holiday Brown sugar pineapple ham

Ham is one of those foods that we don’t typically have on an average weeknight. Sometimes we’ll have it for Sunday dinners, but you better believe it ALWAYS makes an appearance at holiday dinners!

Whether it’s Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, I can count on enjoying my aunt Georgie’s Crock Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham.

It is the juiciest, sweetest ham you’ll ever try. With a delicious glaze made from brown sugar and pineapple juice, it’s impossible for everyone not to love it! The best part? It’s SO easy to make!! Most of it is done in the crock pot, which makes it even better!

How to cook a ham in a crock pot:

As mentioned, this ham is made in the slow cooker which translates to EASY!! Before throwing it in there, the first step is to determine what type of ham to use, and how much of it!

What type of ham should I use?

There are a few different types of ham, and while all of them are adaptable to this recipe, some might yield better results than others. Always look over the packaging when you’re at the grocery store – it will specify exactly what type of ham it is!

Types of Cures:

  • Fresh Ham: uncured, and always comes uncooked **note: if you decide to use a fresh ham, you will have to fully cook it before putting in the crock pot with the glaze. 
  • Cured Ham: brined or cured with a dry rub, sometimes sold ready to eat and other times require cooking
  • Cooked and Smoked: the same as cured ham, with the additional step of smoking

Bone-In vs. Boneless:

  • Bone-In: like the name states, it still has the ham bone in tact, and is supposedly more flavorful than boneless.
  • Boneless: doesn’t have a bone, which allows for easier cutting and serving.

Spiral Cut vs. Whole:

  • Spiral Cut: these hams come precooked and precut. They’re super convenient, but won’t retain as much moisture.
  • Whole: Obviously not precut, but they will stay moist through heating.

For this slow cooker ham recipe, we prefer to use a precooked, whole (not spiral cut) boneless ham that is either cured, or cured and smoked.

Cooking Ham in Crockpot

Once you have the perfect ham, you’re going to place it in your slow cooker with your glaze and cook for about 2-3 hours until it is heated through (a meat thermometer will read 140° when inserted in the thickest part).

After the ham is heated through, take it out of the crockpot, slice and place back in the crock pot with the cooked glaze. Continue to cook on warm/low for an additional hour.

Crock pot ham with brown sugar glaze

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

Just combine the ingredients in a pan and bring to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Pour over the ham, cook in the crock pot a little longer, and you’re set. This brown sugar ham glaze is amazing!

Holiday Ham FAQ

How much ham per person? If you’re using a bone-in ham, you’re going to want about 1/2 lb per person (or 1 lb per person if you want lots of leftovers!), and if you’re using boneless, 1/4 to 1/3 pound should do the trick.

Depending on how big your crockpot is, it might only be able to fit 7-8 pounds of ham. So if you need any more than that to feed your crowd, you may need to borrow an extra crock pot or two!

How to store leftover ham? Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or wrap in plastic wrap and tinfoil, or freezer bags (once completely cooled) and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

If you know you’re going to use it in a recipe that calls for diced ham, like Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, Ham and Bean Soup, or Cheesy Ham Chowder, you can dice it up before putting it in the freezer for convenience down the road!

How to reheat it? You can always pop it in the microwave for convenience, but if you aren’t into that, you can wrap the slices in foil and put them the oven at 275° F until they’re warmed through.

Brown Sugar Glaze Ham Recipe with sides on plate

side dishes for ham?

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Brown Sugar Ham Recipe

5 from 14 votes

This crock pot ham is made entirely in the slow cooker, which makes for quick prep time and minimal effort. With a deliciously sweet brown sugar glaze, it's our favorite way to make a holiday ham!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 472 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 7-9 lbs ham
  • 2-3 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • liquid from cooked ham

Instructions

  1. Add your ham to your slow cooker and cook for 2-3 hours as directed on package instructions.

  2. Once done, take your ham out and place excess liquid into a pot. Slice ham and place back in the crock pot.
  3. Add 2-3 cups brown sugar and pineapple juice to the liquid and bring to a rolling boil. Pour over the sliced ham and cook on warm or low for an hour.
  4. Serve warm

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments

  1. I am all about the crock pot for thanksgiving! I may need to buy or borrow a few more! PS. When I saw you at Blogher this weekend, I kind of freaked out! 🙂

  2. So, I have a small ham in the fridge that I need to do something this week with. I kid you not. I was grocery shopping and just thought it would be a great idea to buy one. No special occasion or celebration. I just wanted one. And there it sits. . .in the fridge. I’m truly trying this recipe this week and will try to remember to report back on how it turned out. I can’t wait. . .I finally have a plan. . .thanks to you!

  3. How wonderful that you are going home for Thanksgiving! I bet your kids are so excited and this ham makes me dream of the holidays (and hopefully, some cooler temps in FL 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I am so excited for ham!! We used this recipe last year & we will use it again this year!! The ham is so tasty & juicy. Everyone loved it!

  5. 5 stars
    I love the addition of the brown sugar. it really made the flavor of the ham sing! and it doesn’t get any easier than cooking it in the crock pot, thanks!

  6. you say to “Slice ham and place back in the crock pot” do I need to do this step if I am using a sprial cut ham? do you take it off the bone?