Crock Pot Ham is the easiest holiday ham you’ll ever make!

With just minutes of prep, the slow cooker makes a tender juicy ham with an easy glaze.

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Easy CrockPot Ham

This slow-cooker ham recipe is perfect for a holiday dinner.

  • With just a few minutes of prep time, you can set it and forget it.
  • This crockpot ham recipe cooks slowly, ensuring tender, juicy ham every time.
  • Making ham in a slow cooker saves oven space for other dishes.

How to Make Crock Pot Ham

Cooking ham has never been easier, I prefer spiral ham as it’s easy to serve, but a boneless ham works well in this recipe too.

  1. Sprinkle a bit of brown sugar in the slow cooker. Add the ham according to the recipe below.
  2. Prepare the glaze & pour it over the ham.
  3. Cover and allow the Crock Pot to do all of the work!

An Easy Glaze

Creating a glaze for Crock Pot Ham is easy! I use jelly and brown sugar for sweetness and a bit of Dijon mustard for a subtle tang.

close up of Crock Pot Ham in the crockpot

Notes & Tips

  • For the best flavor, discard the glaze packet that comes with the ham and use the recipe below.
  • Add up to ½ cup of pineapple juice if desired. Liquid does not be added to the slow cooker, and the ham will release juices.
How Long to Cook a Ham?

A smoked ham should be cooked to a temperature of 140°F on a meat thermometer. This will take 4-5 hours on low for an 8-10lb ham. Ensure the ham isn’t overcooked, or it won’t be tender. This recipe uses spiral ham which is smoked (fully cooked).

How Much Ham Per Person?

When buying ham, account for:
1/4 – 1/3 lb. per person of boneless ham
1/3 – 1/2 lb. per person of bone-in ham

Crock Pot Ham with apple slices

What to Serve With Ham

This easy crock pot ham recipe is perfect for Christmas or Easter dinner. Slice the ham, place it on a platter, and garnish with herbs or additional rosemary. Here some of our favorite side dish recipes.


Store leftovers in an airtight container the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Find my favorite leftover ham recipes here.

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Crock Pot Ham

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!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
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  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 8 to 10 pound spiral cut ham fully cooked

For the Glaze

  • ½ cup apple jelly
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger


  • For the glaze, in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the apple jelly. Whisk in the remaining glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil and let boil for 1 minute, stirring often.
  • For the ham, in the bottom of a 6 to 7 quart slow cooker, sprinkle ¼ cup of brown sugar.
  • If the ham has a plastic disk in the center, remove and discard it. Use a knife to score the top of the ham in a criss-cross pattern.
  • Before putting the ham in the slow cooker, separate the layers of ham and brush them with glaze. Place the ham into the slow cooker and pour remaining glaze over the top.
  • Add rosemary sprigs, cover slow cooker (see note), and cook on low 4-5 hours or until the ham reaches 140℉.



If the 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.
Be sure to check your package to ensure that the ham is smoked/ fully cooked. The package will tell what temperature the ham needs to reach.
Apple jelly can be substituted with apricot jam/jelly, apple butter, or even orange marmalade.
If using a ham that is not a spiral ham, I recommend scoring the ham.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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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.

Course Ham, Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
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  1. I’d like to see about more recipes on how to cook ham roast I know pork chops and all but there’s nothing I can find when it comes to ham roast

  2. My fiancé is a very good cook and meticulous with his seasonings/taste. He absolutely LOVED this ham. He said it’s the best ham he’s ever eaten and wouldn’t stop taking about it for days haha. Will definitely be making again!5 stars

  3. The flavor was good, and I really liked the idea of heating the ham in my crock pot leaving the oven free for other things. However, my 11 lb spiral cut ham was WAY over done and dry at 4 hours on low; my mistake for not checking it earlier. I’ve always been taught not to let any of the heat escape the slow cooker by lifting the lid (or in this case undoing the aluminum foil), and assumed that the larger ham and the low end of the recommended heating time it’d be about right. I just wanted to pass along my experience so others don’t make the same mistake and feel disappointed with the outcome (especially for a Holiday dinner). Use an instant read thermometer or temp monitor to keep track of how your ham is coming along!

    1. What I did this year was take a turkey baster and baste the bottom juices over the ham every hour until it was done! It worked out great

  4. I tried the crockpot ham and it was awful, ham was mushy and had a weird texture. Over half was thrown out because it was mush. Maybe I cooked it too long?

    1. How much did your ham weigh, Jill? Overcooking it definitely could have been the reason it turned out that way!

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure, Denise. Some Instant Pots do have a slow cooker function, so you could try that if yours has that function. But I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure how it would work but we would love to hear how it turns out!

    2. FYI:
      I did an instant pot ham using someone else’s recipe and it turned out awful! All the meat fell of the ham, more like a pot roast than ham, texture was weird, basically a disaster. But maybe you’ll have better luck than me.
      As for the slow cooker function on IP, I’ve found that it doesn’t cook as well as an actual slow cooker. The IP heats from the bottom only, whereas a slow cooker will heat from bottom and the sides, reaching a higher temperature, I believe. At least all the meals I’ve cooked in the slow cooker will bubble whereas same meals will not do that in IP, even after adding in additional cook time.

    1. The ham is technically fully cooked but reheating it to 140°F enhances the flavor, helps with the glaze, and ensures any potential bacteria are eliminated.

  5. Does it have to be a spiral ham? I generally buy one and cut it myself. This recipe sounds so yummy, and I have already purchased my ham.

    1. Hi Gwen, 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.

  6. Hi Holly, I don’t care for glazes on my hams, that way I can use the leftover ham for soups, scalloped potatoes, etc. and they won’t be sweet. Can I still slow cook my ham in the crock pot? Do I need to add liquid to the crock pot? I hope you have an alternative for me, I think cooking in the crock pot would be ideal!

    1. Hi Michelle! You can still cook ham in the crockpot, liquid does not need to be added because the ham will release juices.

      1. Thanks so much for replying so quickly Holly! I really appreciate all of your advice and love all of your recipes! xoxo5 stars

  7. Made this ham for Thanksgiving and now I will be making it again at Christmas by request. Came out great! Was served with your roasted potatoes. Thank you for sharing your recipes!!!5 stars

  8. I am going to give your recipe a shot this next weekend for Thanksgiving (We celebrate it second Sunday in October in Canada).
    I am going to try it resting on a thinly sliced local apple. I have a smaller half-moon smoked ham.(3.5 pounds) as we also do a turkey, so I will adjust the cooking time accordingly. I find that we sometimes “overcook” these hams in slow cookers… probably will add a tiny bit of apple cider in it as well….wish me luck and I will post the outcome :-)

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    1. Hi Carol, it may depend on the item you are clicking. But if you click to you can always research the item on If you need help looking for something though, we are happy to help find you an link!

  10. Hi Holly, I love reading your recipes and I will be making your crockpot ham and scalloped potatoes recipes this Easter weekend. I’m so glad that I came upon your blog and recipes. Thank you. Your recipes are easy to follow also!!! Carol
    P.S I live in Windsor, Ontario Canada so happy that you are also Canadian5 stars

    1. I am so glad you are enjoying the recipes Carol! I can’t wait for you to try the Ham and Scalloped Potatoes!

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Jen. Often Instant Pots do have a slow cooker function, so you could try that. But I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure how it would work. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  11. I’m doing this recipe right now. It’s very fragrant/strong when making the glaze. Will that cook off in crockpot. Also will the juices of this be ok to use for Grady and do you have a gravy recipe? Really hoping this turns out. Just make me nervous with the strong smell of apple cider and Dijon mustard.

    1. The smell of the cider may seem strong before cooking, but the jelly and brown sugar will balance it perfectly once it cooks. The juices can be spooned over the ham if you’d like; I have not used it to make gravy. Let us know how it goes, I’m sure it will be amazing!

    1. Hi Sarah, a 5lb 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.

  12. Am I supposed to add any liquid to the crockpot? My glaze is a thicker glaze and I am not sure if it will burn to the bottom with no liquid.

  13. Hi, my han is way too big for my crockpot even if I did just cover the top with foil. can this be done in a roaster and if so on what temp for what cooking time and do you have to add any liquid! Happy Holidays! ❤

    1. This will depend on the size of your ham. I would check the manual with your roaster for directions and a cook time. Happy Holidays to you and your family too!

      1. What can I use instead of apple jelly?
        Also, it says to cover crockpot and then add Rosemary sprigs. Is that right? Thanks so much! We ❤️ your recipes!

      1. I have only made this recipe as listed, maybe another reader has tried and can offer some advice.