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Crock Pot Ham is the perfect holiday ham recipe! Glazed with brown sugar and jelly, the slow cooker does all of the work (leaving precious oven space for Scalloped Potatoes).

Making ham in the slow cooker takes just 5 minutes of prep and the result is a tender and juicy crock pot ham that your family will absolutely love!

sliced ham stacked on a plate

Easy Crock Pot Ham

Making ham in the crock pot is a total breeze with just minutes of prep. While I do love a good Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze, sometimes love to free up the oven and prep the meal ahead of time!

Making this Crock Pot Ham recipe in the slow cooker not only saves oven space, but it takes only about 5 minutes of prep to set and forget. The result is ham perfection every time!

How to Cook Ham in a Crock Pot

I prefer a spiral ham as it’s easy to cut and cook but of course any kind of smoked ham will do!

  1. Sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar in the slow cooker. Add ham.
  2. Mix the glaze and pour over ham.
  3. Cover and allow the Crock Pot to do all of the work!

Glaze for Crock Pot Ham is so quick to make! I use a jelly and brown sugar glaze on this slow cooker ham. Dijon mustard adds a hint of tang while apple jelly and brown sugar add sweetness. If you don’t have apple jelly you can use apricot or substitute a brown sugar ham glaze.

sliced ham in a crock pot

How Long to Cook a Ham

I find a lot of Crock Pot Ham recipes suggest a cook time that is too long meaning the ham is not tender when it’s done! This recipe uses a spiral ham which is smoked (it is pre-cooked). Be sure to check your package to make sure your ham is smoked/cooked, the package will tell you what temperature the ham needs to reach.

A smoked ham should be cooked to a temperature of 140°F which will take 4-5 hours on low for an 8-10lb ham.

How Much Ham Per Person

When buying ham, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 – 1/3 lb. per person of boneless ham
  • 1/3 – 1/2 lb. per person of bone-in ham

If you want leftovers for ham salad or ham casseroles, get a bit extra (and don’t forget to save the bone for ham bone soup)! I usually just put it in the freezer and add it to my soup right from frozen!

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What to Serve With Ham

We serve this Crock Pot Ham alongside a lot of the same sides we put on our Thanksgiving dinner menu. Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a of course Bacon Green Beans, 30 Minute Dinner Rolls and a fresh salad.

While any leftovers you have make pretty much the best ever ham sandwich on toast or add ham to a grilled cheese sandwich.  I’ve also used leftovers in everything from ham and potato casseroles to corn chowder. With only a few minutes of effort to prep it and a few hours in the Crock Pot, you will have an unforgettable ham that is sure to become a family favorite!

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Review Recipe

Crock Pot Ham

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly N.
This easy Crock Pot Ham is the perfect holiday ham recipe! It takes just 5 minutes of prep and the slow cooker does all of the work (leaving precious oven space for your sides). The result is a tender and juicy crock pot ham that your family will absolutely love!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 8-10 pound spiral cut ham fully cooked
Glaze
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup apple jelly
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

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Instructions

  • Melt apple jelly and whisk together remaining glaze ingredients.
  • Sprinkle ¼ cup brown sugar in the bottom of a 6-7 qt slow cooker.
  • Add ham and pour glaze overtop ensuring you separate the layers of ham and brush with glaze.
  • Cover slow cooker (see note), add rosemary sprigs and cook on low 4-5 hours.

Recipe Notes

If your ham is too large for the lid to close completely, cover the slow cooker with foil and place the lid on top of the foil to seal in the heat.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 997, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 78g, Fat: 61g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 224mg, Sodium: 4388mg, Potassium: 1081mg, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 1.6mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 3.5mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword crock pot ham
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. This glaze recipe was so good! I wanted to let you know that I subbed apple butter for the apple jelly and it was great! I had a 4 lb ham and started at three hours in the slow cooker on low. I checked the temp and it wasn’t quite there yet so I let it go another half hour.

  2. Wow! What a great idea! The Ham came our wonerfully moist and it freed up oven space for all the side dishes. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  3. I made this for the family this Christmas .It was definitely juicy and well worth serving but, I have to say that the reviews were split on flavor.
    I would use the recipe for the cooking portion but, next time I would use a different glaze.
    Thanks for the crockpot recipe

  4. I have a ham that slightly sticks out of my pot. Will I get the same result if I cover it with foil and the lid on top?

  5. Hi…there is just the two of us so all the spiral hams are too much. We ended up with a Kentucky Legend 2.75 pound sliced ham. Can/should I do everything the same and cut the cook time down to a couple hours or should I just do in the oven per the package instructions. Thanks in advance.

    1. You can cook it in the slow cooker, you’ll want to ensure it doesn’t overcook or it will dry out. Check the temperature and once it gets to 140 you can turn the slow cooker to warm. The ham should continue to rise to 145°F.

  6. Hi! I have a quarter piece of smoked ham but it’s not cut. Should I leave it whole or do the slicing myself beforehand?

  7. I made this for first time ever with 10.75 ham for thanksgiving and flavor was great but ham was way over done:( So sad cuz I followed directions to a tee. What did I do wrong?

    1. Oh no, how disappointing Jenn! I’m sorry your ham was overdone. Did you check it at the 4 hour mark to see if it had reached 140°F? It could be that your slow cooker runs a bit hotter, I have not had the same problem.

    1. If you are using a spiral ham that is smoked, it is pre-cooked and you’re basically heating it in the slow cooker. Be sure to check your package to make sure your ham is smoked/cooked, the package will tell you what temperature the ham needs to reach. I would estimate 3-4 hours on low. Check it early to make sure it doesn’t overcook and if it’s ready you can turn the slow cooker off for a little bit to keep it warm.

  8. My husband and I loved it. I found it very moist as others have commented. I’ve cooked a spiral ham before in the oven and it was very dry so glad to have this recipe. Thank you!5 stars

  9. 2 questions- my ham is 12 pounds. How long would I cook it? And if I want to make it without the glaze, do I need to add liquid? Thanks!!

    1. Sorry we missed this question Heidi! Since the spiral cut ham is fully cooked you are mainly reheating the ham in the crockpot so it should be fine. You may need to increase the time by 1/2hr to an hour to fully heat through. If skipping the glaze, I would add some broth to ensure it remains moist and juicy!

    1. Hi Mary-Ellen, a 6lb ham should take somewhere between 3-4 hours to fully cook. Using a meat thermometer, make sure the center of the ham reaches 140°F to make sure it is fully cooked.

  10. Hi Holly,
    Made this recipe and ham was moist and tender, but I personally found the rosemary a little overpowering (I used only three sprigs on top). If I were to make this again, I probably wouldn’t use the rosemary, but was wondering if it is needed to possibly offset some of the sweet ingredients?5 stars

    1. It is not necessary, it just adds flavor. Yow could leave it out next time or add different herbs if you’d prefer.

  11. I made this for Christmas dinner and it was perfect. The only thing I changed was orange preserves in stead of apple jelly and used some dried rosemary. So tender and juicy I will definitely use this method again. Thanks.5 stars

  12. I have a cure 81 ham cooked how long to cook it in my crockpot? It’s a heat and serve ham can I put it in a crockpot?

    1. I can’t see any reason why not (and yay for quick clean up). I’d suggest just reading the instructions on the package to make sure but I think it would be just fine.

      1. You can cook it in the slow cooker, you’ll want to ensure it doesn’t overcook or it will dry out. Check the temperature and once it gets to 140 you can turn the slow cooker to warm. The ham should continue to rise to 145°F.

  13. I want to try this, I just bought 10lbs ham it comes with honey glazed mix. Can i Just use the honey glazed mix and just add apple juice? Or I can still use the apple jelly and the honey glazed mix?

    1. You can use the glaze mix and add apple juice or discard the mix and make your own. Either will work following this recipe.

  14. I’ve been told to pour some type of pop like coke or Pepsi into the crockpot with the ham in order to keep it moist. Have you ever tried that?

    1. You can use any kind of ham. If it’s not a spiral ham, be sure to score the ham so the glaze can get into the meat. Be sure to check the temperature, based on the type of ham you use cook time may vary slightly.

  15. Hi Holly. I’ve used a lot of your recipes. Thank you for so many easy, great tasting dishes. I want to try this ham in the slow cooker recipe. Are there enough juices to make a gravy?

    1. While you will have some juices, they will be quite sweet from the glaze. I don’t think there would be enough to make a gravy.

  16. How essential are the rosemary sprigs? If they really add, where do I pick them up? I’ve only ever used the spice before.

    1. Most grocery stores carry fresh rosemary near the herbs. It adds a nice flavor but you can use a bit of dried rosemary in place.

  17. I have a ham I want to use this glaze for, but it’s not spiral sliced. I wonder how that’ll work. I’m guessing the glaze won’t reach the ham well enough?

  18. I need to feed approximately 30 people for Easter. The recipe says 10 servings, but your notations recommend 1/3 to 1/2 pound per person for a bone in ham. How many do you think this will actually serve? There will be lots of other food, but this is the main dish. Thanks in advance.

    1. To feed 30, you may need to make two hams EM. This recipe is so easy and tasty, almost everyone comes back for seconds!

  19. Simply the best. It’s quick and easy. I have made this multiple times and everyone always loves it. I especially like making it this way Christmas morning. it frees up my oven for breakfast casseroles and makes the house smell delicious. And I don’t have to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is tearing through gifts!

    1. So glad it turned out amazing! I love using the slow cooker for ham as well to keep oven space freed up!

    1. I’ve never tried it without sugar, so can’t say for sure, but maybe other readers have some ideas for you! You could try using sugar free ingredients in place of the ones containing sugar. You may be intersted in Rosemary Balsamic Glazed Ham which uses less sugar.

  20. I have been cooking ham for over 40 years. I always slit the ham and squeeze it together fill each slit with dark rum, then use pineapple juice, sliced pineapple held on the ham with cloves. Then pat the brown sugar on and around the pineapple. Ham is very moist and very favorable. Cook with thermometer to 140 degrees.5 stars

    1. My husband loves rum, I’ve never thought of that, but it sounds amazing!! I will definitely give it a try, thank you for sharing!

  21. Could I use apple butter and if so, should I melt it as suggested? Also,my ham is frozen from another gathering. How should I go about defrosting it?  And should I cook it for 1 – 2 hrs to warm it up? Sorry for all the questions. Thanks for your timed
    Deborah Nelkin

    1. I haven’t tried apple butter, but think that should work. If the apple butter doesn’t have any sweetness, you may want to add a bit of honey.
      I haven’t tried this with a frozen ham so I can’t say for sure. I’d suggest starting with a fridge or room temperature ham. Let us know how it works out for you!

  22. Made this today for Easter. It was delicious! I couldnt find apple jelly so I substituted apricot jelly. It was juicy and tender. Prep was simple. I set my crockpot on low and it was ready when I got back from church 4 hours later. Yum!5 stars

    1. Apricot jelly sounds like a delicious substitution! I have to try it next time I make this! I am so glad you liked the recipe!

  23. I’ve saw other crockpot recipes where the ham is cooked 7-8 hours on low. If I did this recipe for that long would the ham get dry and overlook or would it make it more moist? 

  24. Do you think Crab Apple jelly would work too? I couldn’t find plain Apply Jelly anywhere but they had that.

    1. Wal-Mart makes it in their brand and it’s a Smucker’s brand and even comes in the single serving size at breakfast palaces, and Popeye’s fried chicken usually has it – so I would try Wal-Mart site to store if you really want to try apple.

  25. This is strange, but I’m allergic to apples and some other fruits as well. Is there anything that I can substitute for the sweetness of the apple jelly? Or if I left it out completely, do you know how the taste with be effected?

    1. You can use another type of jelly, perhaps apricot if you are able to have it. The jelly adds sweetness so at the very least you might like to add a bit of honey.

  26. Made this for Christmas dinner last year and it was so easy and moist and tasty that I will use it again this year! I couldn’t find apple jelly, so used apricot preserves. Fantastic!5 stars

  27. This looks amazing! I bought an 18 lb ham and it will be way too big for a crock pot. Do you think this would work in an electric roaster? Any tips you can give would be greatly appreciated:)

    1. I haven’t tried it in a roaster but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. My only concern is that the sugar may burn if there isn’t enough liquid so I would suggest keeping an eye on it and adding a little bit of water or broth if needed. Please let us know how it works out for you if you do try it!

  28. So I forgot to thaw my ham… does this recipe require the ham be thawed? Anyway I can cook it frozen? I have an 8 lb spiral cut ham, fully cooked.. thanks!

  29. i bought a smaller pre-cooked sliced ham from the grocery store to try with this recipe. i cooked it in the crockpot for 3-4 hrs, and it was perfect! absolutely delicious!! super super easy for thanksgiving! thanks!5 stars

  30. If I could only get a 4-5 lb ham, do you suggest I cook it for half the time, cook it on high, or just wait till it’s at temp? Thanks!

    1. I haven’t tried it that way but I’m sure it would work just fine. As the slow cooker will be less full, it may cook a little bit quicker so you might like to check it to ensure it stays moist.

  31. Do you think that adding carrots and green beans in with the ham would change the taste any? And, if not, at what point should I add them( I’m new to cooking)
    Thanks

    1. A regular (fully cooked) ham should work just fine. You might like to score slices in the skin to allow the flavor to get into the ham.

  32. What size crockpot do you use for a 10 lb ham? I have a 6 Qt & am wondering if this will be big enough. I’ll be trying this recipe this Friday to take to our Community Group & think I may need to use my electric roaster instead.

    1. Mine was closer to 8.5lbs and fit in my 6QT. It’s ok if it sticks out the top a little bit, just cover the slow cooker with foil to keep it sealed and place the lid on top of the foil.

    1. I was wondering the same thing haha! Thanks for asking! :) Makes me feel better knowing I can’t exactly screw it up from the get-go lol

  33. I was just wondering….would it be ok to reheat this ham in the crock pot….or would you suggest another method? I’ll be making it today or tomorrow….and out Thanksgiving is on Sunday. I meant Monday….sry.

      1. My ham was too big for my crockpot. I covered the top of my cp with foil but it doesn’t seal very well. I hope it turns out all right. Your directions said cover the cp with foil. Do you mean covering more than just the top? I’m sure it will be delish, I’m just a little concerned with the ham drying out. Thank you.

  34. There’s no liquid in this recipe how does it not burn to the bottom? I’ve never tried ham in the crockpot and this sounds so amazing!

  35. I don’t usually comment when I find a recipe we love but I had to for this ham! Over the years I’ve tried many crockpot hams in an effort to make the holiday’s less stressful for myself. THIS HAM! It was everything ham should be. The flavor was amazing and everyone, including my very picky 9 year old, love it. Usually we end up freezing many of the leftovers because we just can stomach one more meal with ham but not this time! We finished every scrap of ham. I even found myself eating cold ham right from the fridge because it was that good!

    Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe and I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

  36. This ham was amazing!! It was so moist – absolutely perfect and having the extra room in the oven was a complete bonus! This will definitely be a new holiday favorite for our family.

  37. I don’t have a spiral-sliced ham and am wondering if I can thinly slice what I have with an electric knife before prepping.

  38. This sounds perfect for the upcoming Christmas dinner! So I take it the 1/2 cup brown sugar from the glaze is split. One quarter cup will go into the glaze, and one quarter will be sprinkled into the slow cooker? And from the photos, the sprigs of rosemary are for garnish?

    1. You will use a total of ¾ cup brown sugar.

      ¼ cup is sprinkled in the slow cooker (the first ingredient listed in the recipe).

      1/2 cup is added to the glaze (listed under the glaze ingredients)

      1. I’m afraid I am missing something about the brown sugar because the 1/2 cup ingredient says (divided). Why does it say divided if the 1/4 cup ingredient to sprinkle into the bottom of pot is in addition to the 1/2 cup for the glaze. :-\