Crockpot Brown Sugar Ham with Savory Glaze
This crock pot ham is made entirely in the slow cooker for quick prep time and minimal effort. With a delicious sweet brown sugar glaze, this is our favorite way to make ham for the holidays!
It’s a holiday classic! Served with funeral potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and rolls, you can’t go wrong with this easy slow cooker recipe that’s perfect for family gatherings.
Holiday Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham
Ham is one of those foods we don’t usually eat on an average weeknight. Sometimes we eat it for Sunday dinners, but you better believe it’s always on holiday dinners!
Whether it’s Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, I can safely enjoy my Aunt George’s Crock Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham.
This is the juiciest and sweetest ham you’ll ever eat. A delicious glaze made with brown sugar and pineapple juice, it’s impossible for everyone not to love it! The best part? It’s so easy to do! ! Most of it is done in a crock pot, which makes it even better!
How to cook ham in a crock pot:
As mentioned, this ham is made in the slow cooker, meaning easy! ! Before throwing it in, the first step is to determine what type of ham to use and how much to use!
What type of ham should I use?
There are several different types of ham, and while they all work well for this recipe, some may yield better results than others. When you’re at the grocery store, be sure to check the packaging – it will say exactly what type of ham it is!
Type of treatment:
- Fresh ham: uncured, always raw **Note: If you decide to use fresh ham, it must be fully cooked before placing in the glazed crock pot.
- Cured ham: cured or cured with a dry rub, sometimes sold ready-to-eat, sometimes cooking
- Cooked and Smoked: Same as cured ham, but with the added step of smoking
Bone and Boneless:
- Bone-in: As the name suggests, it still has the whole ham bone and is said to be tastier than boneless.
- Boneless: No bones for easy cutting and serving.
Spiral Cut and Whole:
- Spiral Cut: These hams are precooked and precut. They are super convenient but don’t retain as much moisture.
- Whole: Obviously not pre-cut, but they will stay moist with heat.
For this slow cooker ham recipe, we prefer to use precooked whole (not spiral cut) boneless ham that has been cured or cured and smoked.
Cooking Ham in a Crockpot
Once you have the perfect ham, you will place it in your slow cooker with your glaze and cook for about 2-3 hours until it is heated through (the meat thermometer reads when inserted in the thickest part 140°).
Once the ham is heated through, remove it from the crock pot, slice it, and place it back in the crock pot with the cooked glaze. Continue to cook on warm/low heat for an hour.
Ham and Brown Sugar Glaze
This glaze may be simple, but it has a lot of flavor! It is very sweet to complement the taste of the meat. Only three ingredients are needed:
- Leftover juices from cooked ham
- brown sugar
- pineapple juice
Just bring the ingredients to a boil in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Pour over the ham, cook for a while in the crock pot and you’re ready to go. This brown sugar ham glaze is amazing!
Holiday Ham FAQ
How much ham per person? If you use bone-in ham, about ½ pound per person (1 pound per person if you want lots of leftovers!), and ¼ to ⅓ pounds if you use boneless ham should do the trick.
Depending on how big your saucepan is, it may only hold 7-8 pounds of ham. So if you need more to feed your crowd, you may need to borrow an extra crock pot or two!
How to store leftover ham? Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or wrap in plastic wrap and foil, or freezer bags (once completely cooled) and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
If you know you’ll be using it in a recipe that calls for diced ham, like scalloped potato ham, ham and bean soup, or cheesy ham chowder, you can diced it before putting it in the fridge for easy on-the-cook recipes!
How to reheat? You can always put it in the microwave for convenience, but if you don’t like that, you can wrap the slices in foil and put them in a 275°F oven until they’re heated.
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Course main course
Preparation time 10 minutes
3 hours cooking time
Total time 3 hours 10 minutes
Serving Size 14
Calories 472 kcal
Author Little Luna
- 7-9 pounds of ham
- 2-3 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- Liquid cooked ham
Place ham in slow cooker and cook according to package directions for 2-3 hours.
When done, remove the ham and place the excess liquid in the pan. Slice the ham and put it back in the crock pot.
Add 2-3 cups of brown sugar and pineapple juice to the liquid and bring to a boil. Pour over sliced ham and cook over warm or low heat for an hour.