Crock Pot Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze
Intimidated by that giant ham? This Crock Pot Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze is the recipe for you! So simple to make, this Slow Cooker Ham recipe can be made with a whole ham or your favorite spiral ham!
Holidays just wouldn’t be the same without a big bone-in ham as the centerpiece of the buffet table. While Thanksgiving requires a big, golden turkey…Christmas and, most definitely, Easter MUST have a ham. I look forward to Easter the most because our Easter ham is consistently sweet, salty, tender and juicy.
It’s my favorite part of Easter dinner….besides the potato pierogi.…and the kielbasa…..and the fried cabbage. Ok, well, maybe it’s not my MOST favorite part but I definitely don’t ever skimp on the ham.
Sometimes that ham can seem challenging….I remember the first one I ever made I was so totally intimidated by how to cook a ham. It seemed like such a daunting task and I expected the prep work to take HOURS….but once I cooked my very first spiral ham all by myself, I knew this was going to become even easier moving forward.
We sometimes find space is an issue when hosting holiday parties….specifically, space in the oven. So, I decided it was time to enlist the help of my handy slow cooker and created this amazing Crock Pot Ham recipe with Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham Glaze!
Well, it was more of a put the ham in the slow cooker and then pour the glaze over the ham situation….than a creation. But it worked beautifully, leaving us with the most tender, juicy glazed ham we have ever stuck a fork into.
Using a crock pot or slow cooker to cook your ham is an excellent way to free up much needed space in the oven for all your favorite side dishes….and popovers! (Yes, another holiday requirement here!)
What kind of ham should you buy?
There are so many different types of ham in the market these days but for this easy Crock Pot Ham recipe I like to use either a bone-in cured half ham or a cured spiral sliced ham. You could also use a boneless ham but it will only need to cook for about half the time indicated in the recipe.
Also, I like to pick a ham that weighs no more than 8 pounds because you may have trouble fitting it into the slow cooker if it’s any larger than that. I used an 8 quart oval Crock Pot to make this recipe. A round crock pot or slow cooker will only fit a smaller boneless ham, just a few thoughts to keep in mind when you run to the store to pick out that ham.
How do you make Crock Pot Ham?
Making a slow cooker ham is so simple to do following a few easy steps:
- Unwrap your whole bone-in ham or spiral ham and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Place the ham cut side down in the slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the ham glaze.
- Pour the pineapple brown sugar ham glaze over the the ham and cover with the lid.
- Cook the ham on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours. Check the internal temperature of your ham with an instant read thermometer, your ham is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F.
- When the ham is done cooking, transfer to a platter and cover with foil.
- Allow to rest for 15-20 minutes.
- Transfer the glaze from the slow cooker to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Cook the glaze for 10-15 minutes or until reduced by half and slightly thickened.
- Brush the glaze over the surface of the ham and serve immediately.
How do you make a ham glaze?
The ham glaze for this Slow Cooker Ham recipe is super simple to make. Simply whisk together the pineapple juice, brown sugar, mustard, cinnamon, allspice, ground cloves and nutmeg to combine.
Pour the glaze over the ham before cooking. Once the ham is finished cooking, the resulting glaze will be thin in consistency. At this point, you can transfer to a saucepan and reduce on the stove or you can serve the glaze, as is.
How to Calculate How Much Ham Per Person
A general rule of thumb is you will need approximately 3/4 pounds of crock pot ham per person. However, I like to have leftovers for the next day so I like to make sure I have about a pound of ham per person….or more. It’s really up to you as to how much ham you want to be left with. And you can always send some home with guests.
Who doesn’t like free food, right?
What to Serve with Crock Pot Ham
My favorite sides to serve with this easy Crock Pot Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze are:
- The Very BEST Fried Cabbage….the BEST.
- Easy Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- BEST EVER Scalloped Potatoes
- Brown Butter Peas with Mint.…so simple.
- Honey Roasted Carrots with Tarragon
- BEST Potatoes au Gratin
- Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
What to with Leftover Crock Pot Ham
You can FREEZE leftover ham in an airtight container for up to 2 months or turn into some fabulous day two recipes beyond the usual ham sandwich.
These are my family’s favorite ways to use up leftover ham:
- Ham Cheddar and Hash Brown Casserole…..so good and FREEZER FRIENDLY!
- Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup
- Ham Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata
And if you’re looking for actual ham recipes that cook in the oven you should definitely try this Bourbon Honey Baked Ham….it’s so insanely easy to make and better than the commercially made Honey Baked Ham.
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Crock Pot Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze
Super easy Crock Pot Ham recipe with a quick Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze makes this the easiest ham to make for any occasion.
- 7 lb bone-in cured half ham or cured spiral ham
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 8 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Unwrap the ham and pat dry with a paper towel.
Place the ham, cut side down, in the bottom of an 8 quart oval slow cooker.
In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, pineapple juice, mustard, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg. (no salt and pepper needed because the ham is already salty on it's own.)
Pour the glaze over the ham and cover with the lid.
Cook the ham on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours until an instant read thermometer reads 140 degrees F.
Transfer the ham to a platter and cover with foil. Rest for 15 minutes.
While the ham is resting, transfer the glaze from the slow cooker to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cook the glaze for 10-15 minutes or until it has reduced by half and has thickened slightly.
Brush the glaze over the surface of the ham and serve immediately.