If you do not know how to cook ham, you are missing out on one of the most loved food items in American kitchens!
With a good crock pot ham recipe, you are pretty much guaranteed that dinner and breakfast will never be a boring affair in your house.
Everyone loves spiral ham, and what better way to cook a spiral ham recipe than in a crock pot? All you need are a few commonplace ingredients, a slow cooker, ham, and a little bit of your time!
If you want to treat your loved ones to a family favorite dish, try this easy crockpot spiral ham recipe today!
You Will Love the Crock Pot Ham Recipe as Much as I Do!
I generally love slow cooker recipes and I always try to prepare at least one or two every week for my family.
There is just something different about spiral ham that has been cooked in a slow cooker compared to any other cooking method.
As for this particular crockpot spiral ham recipe, I just know you will love it too because of the following:
- There is no better way to guarantee fully cooked ham than by using a slow cooker
- Using a crock pot to cook your spiral ham leaves a lot of free oven space to prepare a few side dishes
- Crockpot spiral ham does not dry up easily so the ham stays tender and juicy
- The brown sugar glaze and pineapple juice combination is delicious!
- This is one of the easiest ways to cook spiral ham because the crock pot does all the work for you
How Long Does Slow-cooker Ham Take To Cook?
The time it takes to slow cook your spiral ham generally depends on the crock pot setting that you use.
This recipe requires a low heat setting which means it will generally take about 3-4 hours.
However, to be on the safe side, I always recommend that you use a meat thermometer to make sure that the internal temperature stays as close to 140 degrees F as possible.
If you’re interested in another one of our delicious crockpot recipes, check out our crock pot chicken and stuffing recipe!
How Much Ham per Person?
The amount of ham you buy usually depends on whether you intend to have some leftovers for a ham sandwich, and whether you buy boneless ham or bone-in ham.
Usually, 3/4 pounds of ham per person is more than ideal for a holiday ham, so you can use this to help you estimate how much to buy for this easy crock pot ham recipe.
However, having said that, I am torn because we simply love leftover ham! That is why I usually buy at least 1 pound of ham per person so that I can be sure to have some leftover ham the next day.
About the Ingredients in Crockpot Ham
Take your time when it comes to selecting the right ingredients for this crockpot spiral ham recipe.
Only the very best quality spiral ham, brown sugar, and pineapple juice will do if you want to recreate this slow cooker spiral ham recipe perfectly each time you make it.
Consider the following:
Spiral Sliced Ham
Always aim to buy a little more spiral ham than what you estimate you are going to need because, in my experience, most people love ham! If you do not buy extra, you may end up without any leftovers.
I regularly use pre-cooked spiral ham to make the cooking time a lot less than it should be.
The brown sugar glaze is one of the most important parts of this recipe so you need to have enough of it to completely cover your spiral ham slices before throwing them into the crock pot.
If you want an even better glaze, use some maple syrup to supplement the brown sugar. I recommend using real maple syrup so that your glaze comes out thick and sweet.
Canned Pineapple Juice
You do not usually get this with most recipes, but if you want the best ham dishes ever, steer clear of fresh pineapple juice because, for one reason or another, canned pineapple juice produces better results.
Brown Mustard and Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
As an option, you can add some brown mustard and Balsamic vinegar to make your crock pot ham recipe a little different each time you make it.
To cook slow cooker spiral ham, you will need the following equipment:
- Slow cooker
- Small saucepan
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Wooden mixing spoon
Tips for Cooking Crock Pot Ham the Right Way!
This is one of the easiest spiral ham recipes you will ever come across so you will have to work very hard to get it wrong.
However, the following handy tips will help to keep you on track:
- This recipe works best with a large crockpot, such as the 8-quart slow cooker that I regularly use
- If you want a thicker glaze, transfer the contents of the crock pot to a saucepan and simmer it until it thickens
- While I’m hooked on pineapple juice, you can try a variety of different options that all work well with this recipe, such as apple cider vinegar or orange juice
- This is such as simple dish that you will need some garnish to make it look more appealing when placed on your serving platter, so you can use some fresh herbs or pineapple chunks for that
What if My Ham Doesn’t Fit In My Crock Pot?
If you do not have a large enough slow cooker, you will probably have to deal with spiral ham slices not fitting into the crockpot.
When this happens, it is best to use an aluminum foil wrap to cover the top part of the slow cooker. This will help keep the juices locked inside the spiral ham and prevent it from drying out.
You can use the lid of the crockpot to keep the foil wrap in place.
What To Serve With Spiral Ham
Since you are serving a meat recipe as the main course, it is better to round out the meal using a few vegetables, bread, or potatoes.
You can serve your spiral-cut ham with any of the following:
- Any type of potato side dish, such as baked, cheesy, mashed, or scalloped potatoes
- Cranberry Fluff Salad
- Mixed vegetables, Brussels sprouts, carrots, or broccoli
- Homemade Dinner Rolls
- Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
- Skillet Green Beans + 7 Variations
- Brown Sugar and Honey Glazed Carrots
- Aunt Nancie’s Sweet Potato Soufflé
Leftover Ham Might Be the Best Part of This Recipe!
As I said before, I always have one eye on the leftovers even before I start cooking! The succulent ham can be used in a wide range of creative ways, such as making:
- Holiday ham
- Hawaiian ham and cheese sliders with pineapple slices
- Creamy ham and potato soup
- Savory ham and bean soup
- Crock Pot ham and beans
Besides making these leftover recipes, you can simply warm up the ham in the slow cooker and enjoy them with any side dishes you might have.
Even with the ham glaze, you cannot keep your spiral-cut ham for a long time without placing it in the fridge. Generally, you only have about two hours before proper storage is a must.
Consider the following tips:
Place all leftovers in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to five days before consuming.
To freeze your ham, place the slices flat on a baking sheet and allow them to freeze that way.
This should take about an hour, after which you can place the ham in a freezer-friendly container and place it in the freezer for not more than two months.
The best way to thaw spiral-cut ham is overnight in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can thaw at room temperature for about two hours.
If you have some oven space, you can reheat your spiral hams at 275 degrees F on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil.
Treat Your Family to the Best Slow Cooker Spiral Ham Today!
With a few pieces of spiral ham, you can make one of the most succulent meals ever! Just add a brown sugar glaze, some maple syrup, and pineapple juice, and you will have something truly special brewing in your crockpot!
Crockpot Spiral Ham
If you want to treat your loved ones to a family favorite dish, try this easy crockpot spiral ham recipe today! It’s perfect for a Sunday dinner.
- 8 lb. spiral sliced ham
- 1 c. pineapple juice
- 1/2 c. maple syrup or honey
- 1 c. brown sugar
- Remove ham from the package and check for any plastic pieces that may be stuck onto the bone if you are using bone-in ham. Place the ham flat-side down in a large slow cooker.
- Rub in the brown sugar until all the spiral ham slices are completely covered.
- Carefully pour maple syrup and pineapple juice all over the brown sugar-glazed spiral ham slices.
- Slow cook on low for at least 4 hours. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature once in a while.
- After the spiral-cut ham is done cooking, baste it again with the juices at the bottom of the crock pot to enhance the glaze even further.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 791Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 290mgSodium: 4441mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 0gSugar: 44gProtein: 101g