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!
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!
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.
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 ½ lb per person (or 1 lb per person if you want lots of leftovers!), and if you’re using boneless, ¼ to ⅓ 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.
side dishes for ham?
- Homemade Dinner Rolls
- Crock Pot Green Beans with Bacon
- Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes
- Best Mashed Potatoes
- Baked Beans
For more ham recipes, check out:
Brown Sugar Ham Recipe
- 7-9 lbs ham
- 2-3 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- liquid from cooked ham
- Add your ham to your slow cooker and cook for 2-3 hours as directed on package instructions.
- Once done, take your ham out and place excess liquid into a pot. Slice ham and place back in the crock pot.
- 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.
- Serve warm