I will never make ham any other way after making this delicious Slow Cooker Crockpot Ham Recipe. Oh, my goodness, this was so easy, and it always turns out amazing!
Crock Pot Ham
We love hosting Slow Cooker Saturday lunches! You only need a spiral ham, pineapple juice, brown sugar, and maple syrup to make this great holiday ham in your slow cooker.
This Crock Pot Ham takes less than ten minutes to prepare, and you can serve a wonderful dinner! So easy to make and always turns out so good!
This ham is so moist and juicy. After I made it, John enjoyed it on sandwiches and with cheesy eggs for a few days. I will slice it for sandwiches and put it in the freezer for John's lunches.
I used part of the leftovers to make breakfast sandwiches that I froze. Make some biscuits, slice some cheese and ham, and a quick and easy breakfast appears before you.
This Crock Pot Ham is our favorite holiday dinner ham. It pairs perfectly with side dishes, and the spiral-cut baked ham tastes amazing. Plus, it saves oven space; you can set it and forget it in the slow cooker.
Don't worry if some guests aren’t fans of super moist, delicious ham; you can also make Crockpot Turkey!
I love that it only takes a few minutes of prep time to have a holiday ham ready!
Crockpot Ham Ingredients
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Crockpot Ham! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Pineapple Juice
- Brown Sugar
- Maple Syrup
Ham - You can use a bone-in ham or boneless ham depending on which you prefer. We try to use a fully cooked spiral cut ham that just needs to be reheated and flavor added to it. This saves on cook time. The best part of using a fully cooked ham is you are simply heating it up and adding flavor. You don't have to stress about the ham reaching a certain temperature.
Maple Syrup - For a bit more flavor you can use a bourbon barrel-aged maple or other flavored maple syrups.
Brown sugar - you can switch out the brown sugar for ¼ to ½ cup of honey if you prefer a honey-baked ham.
Pineapple Slices - If you want to add even more pineapple flavor you can add pineapple slices or pineapple chunks on top of the ham or in between the slices of ham.
If you are not a fan of maple syrup you can switch it out for mustard to get a tangier flavor.
Ham Glaze - When the crockpot ham is done cooking you can remove some of the juices from the bottom of the slow cooker and put them in a small saucepan. Bring the pineapple ham juices to a boil and cook until they reduce by at least half and thicken to a sauce. This is a great ham glaze to pour over the ham.
Large Slow Cooker - You will want to measure your slow cooker to make sure the ham fit. I put my fist flat in the bottom of my crockpot and look to see how high up my arm the sides of the slow cooker reach. This is a totally random way of measuring but I know that I am not going to remember to bring a measuring tape or anything else to the grocery store with me. A 7 or 8 Quart Slow cooker should be perfect.
If your crockpot ham doesn't fit in your slow cooker you can trim the bottom to get it to fit. I have seen people make an aluminum foil tent over the top of their crockpot instead of the lid but I have not tried this method. I normally cut my ham down to fit the crockpot and use the cut pieces for leftover ham recipes.
Cooking Spray - Non-stick cooking spray will help make it a lot easier to clean your slow cooker after cooking your holiday slow cooker ham.
Serving Platter - I would suggest using a serving platter with edges to help keep the ham juices on the platter. This crockpot ham is nice and juicy so you will want to have a platter that contains all the juices.
How to Make Crock Pot Ham
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
How Long Does It Take to Cook Ham?
We normally cook a spiral-cut ham in the slow cooker for 4 to 5 hours to give the ham time to absorb the pineapple juice and brown sugar and become super flavorful. If you are using a small ham, you should be able to cook it in 3-4 hours.
Can Cats Eat Ham?
Do you wonder whether your cat can eat ham? Everything we have seen says ham is okay for cats as long as they are healthy. You should check with your vet if your cat has health problems that could make eating ham unsafe.
The sodium in the ham could pose a problem. We have six cats, and they would love it if we let them have ham when I make this great slow-cooker ham. Keeping them off the counter and away from the ham when serving itis harder than it sounds.
Who can blame them when the house smells so good?
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead: One of the reasons we love cooked spiral-cut ham is that it’s already cooked, so it only needs heating and flavoring to become an epic holiday main dish!
Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Freezing/How to Freeze + How to Reheat:
You can freeze a full-size ham or ham slices, depending on what you have. I pick up a ham or two after the holidays for great post-holiday prices when they go on sale. I will freeze a full ham for a few months and then cook it up.
You can also slice the ham, wrap it in freezer paper, and store it in freezer bags. Make sure to write on the bag the date you froze it so it’s easy to pull it out a month or two after the holidays when we are craving ham again.
Check out our roundup of Leftover Ham Recipes for detailed guidance on storage and reheating!
Ham: You can use a bone-in ham or boneless ham, depending on your preference for this easy crock pot ham. We use a fully cooked spiral-cut ham since it only needs to be reheated and flavored, saving cook time. The best part of fully cooked ham is that it doesn’t need a lot of prep or temperature monitoring; just heat it and add flavor.
Maple Syrup: You can use bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup or other flavored maple syrup for a bit more flavor.
Brown Sugar: You can swap out the brown sugar for ¼ to ½ cup of honey if you prefer a honey-baked ham.
Pineapple Slices: If you want to add even more pineapple goodness, you can add pineapple slices or chunks on top of the ham or between ham slices.
If you are not a fan of maple syrup, you can replace it with Dijon mustard to get a tangier flavor. Similarly, if you do not like pineapple juice, you can make this recipe with apple cider instead.
Vegetarian + Vegan Options: Though we have yet to try it, health food supermarkets like Whole Foods Market often have vegan and vegetarian ham roasts that could make this recipe possible for plant-based eaters. Make It Dairy Free also has a Vegan Ham Roasts Video Review if you want to research.
Gluten-Free: Whether this recipe is gluten-free depends on the ingredients you use. Choose ingredients labeled as gluten-free if you want to avoid gluten.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: Spiral-sliced ham comes in half and whole sizes, so select your size based on how many servings you’d like to accommodate.
Make it Spicy: We have yet to try these spins on Crock Pot Ham, but red hot pepper spices like cayenne and chili would be yummy with the pineapple and brown sugar glaze if you’re craving a kick of heat.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 22 grams of sugar. Pineapple juice, brown sugar, and maple syrup are the largest culprits, so select sugar-free alternatives to these ingredients. Some flavored hams contain added sugars, so double-check the labels at the grocery store before buying.
Tips for the Slow Cooker Ham Recipe
- As soon as your Crock Pot Ham cooks, you can remove some of the juices from the bottom of the slow cooker and put them in a small saucepan. Bring the pineapple ham juices to a boil and cook until they reduce by at least half and thicken for a great ham glaze to pour over the ham.
- Be prepared to get your hands on the ham and rub in the brown sugar to massage the flavor into your holiday ham.
- We suggest pouring the ham/pineapple juice into the bottom of the slow cooker over the ham an hour before serving to help keep the top super juicy.
- You can also make a ham glaze with pineapple juice, brown sugar, mustard, cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, and all spice if you want to add additional flavors. Whisk together in a small bowl and pour onto the ham before cooking.
- Plan to let the ham rest for at least 10 minutes before serving it.
- If you want the crispy brown sugar edges of oven-baked ham, sprinkle brown sugar on the edges of your slow cooker ham and put it under the broiler for a minute or two. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.
What to Serve With Slow Cooker Ham
We have an entire guide on side dishes for ham! Here are some menu planning suggestions for your next Easter, Christmas, or holiday feast.
Sides: Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls, Easy Cheesy Green Beans, Pineapple Stuffing, Carrot Soufflé, Creamed Corn Casserole, Crock Pot Mashed Cauliflower, Crock Pot Candied Sweet Potatoes, Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes, Jiffy Cornbread with Sour Cream, Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows, Sweet potato casserole , Cracker Barrel Carrots
Main Dishes: Crock Pot Turkey, Crock Pot Bourbon Maple Pork Loin, Crock Pot Guinness Corned Beef & Cabbage, Crock Pot Roast, Crock Pot Chicken & Stuffing, Crock Pot Orange Glazed Ham, Crock Pot Coke Glazed Ham, Bourbon Baked Ham
Desserts: Eggnog Cookies, 4 Ingredient Christmas Crack, Easy Holiday Reindeer Chow, Church Window Cookies, No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dip, Easy Eggnog Cake with Eggnog Glaze, Ambrosia Salad, Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball, Cranberry Fluff Salad, Bisquick Apple Cobbler
When to Serve Crock Pot Ham
- Easter dinner
- Christmas Dinner
- Any Holiday Dinner!
- Family dinner
What to Make With Leftover Ham
Check out all of our Leftover Ham Recipes!
Great Dinner Recipes
Slow Cooker Crock Pot Ham
- Unwrap ham and place in the Crock-Pot
- Rub ham with brown sugar on all sides.
- Pour pineapple juice and maple syrup over the ham
- Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on low.
- About an hour before serving pour juice over the top of the ham
- Remove and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving
Originally posted March 18, 2013