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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!

Served with Funeral Potatoes and Rolls, you can’t go wrong with this simple slow cooker recipe. It’s perfect for family get-togethers.

Crockpot ham sliced and served with fresh herbs and lemon slices.

Holiday 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!

We love this Holiday Ham because:

  • SIMPLE. Takes less than 10 minutes to prep. That’s a win!
  • MADE IN SLOW COOKER. Most of it is done in the crock pot, which makes this slow cooker ham recipe even better!
  • DELICIOUS. 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!
  • HOLIDAY MUST. Whether it’s Easter dinner, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, I can count on enjoying my Aunt Georgie’s crockpot ham.
A ham in a slow cooker, ready to heat.

how to cook a ham in a crock pot

This ham is made in the slow cooker which translates to EASY!!

  1. PREP. Add your ham to a greased slow cooker, cut side down.
  2. SEASON. Rub 1 cup brown sugar all over the ham, then pour the syrup and pineapple juice over the top.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Pouring brown sugar pineapple glaze over crockpot ham.

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 small 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.

If desired, try adding additional spices to taste: ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon, or nutmeg. You can even add pineapple chunks ,if desired.

Pouring juices over ham.

Recipe Tips

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.
  • 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. 

Spiral cut ham. 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: no bone, which allows for easier cutting and serving.
Sliced crockpot brown sugar ham served with fresh herbs and lemon slices.

Storing info

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 ham 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.

Crockpot ham served with fresh herbs and lemon slices.

Side Dishes for Ham

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Crockpot Ham Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
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!
Servings: 14
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total: 3 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 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)
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Instructions 

  • 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.

Video

Notes

Ham cures: 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. 
o 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 slow cooker with the glaze.
o Cured ham: brined or cured with a dry rub; sometimes sold ready to eat and other times requires cooking.
o Cooked and smoked: the same as cured ham, with the additional step of smoking.
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.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75pound, Calories: 938kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 65g, Fat: 51g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 24g, Cholesterol: 187mg, Sodium: 3603mg, Potassium: 966mg, Fiber: 0.04g, Sugar: 50g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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37 Comments

  1. Jeri Larimore says:

    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?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      No, you don’t have to & I probably would take it off the bone 🙂

  2. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    My sister makes the best ham. Its easy and over the top delicious!

  3. KristI says:

    5 stars
    I appreciaTe all the extra info you included. Ive never made my own ham and it was helpful.

  4. Stephanie says:

    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!

  5. Lauren Kelly says:

    5 stars
    I am so happy I bookmarked this recipe. I made it last year and it was a huge hit!

  6. billy says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely love how effortless it is to make this ham and just how delicious it is, the glaze is amazing!

  7. Kimberly says:

    5 stars
    Great idea cooking the ham in the slow cooker, I’ll bet it makes it super juicy!

  8. Trang says:

    5 stars
    this is so perfect with thanksgiving coming up. and it’s way much easier making it in the crockpot!

  9. Joy says:

    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!

  10. Christine says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe once again!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      You are so welcome!! Thank you!!